D'n is a resident of Petah Tikva, Israel, but native to Franklin Square on Long Island, NY in the United States. He was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and lived for a while in nearby Camp Hill, in sight of the Civil War Battleground, the Susquehanna River, and the Pennsylvania Railroad tracks.
I spell my name with an apostrophe rather than a vowel for three basic reasons:
- There are no true vowels in Hebrew, and I wish to have my name retain its Hebrew nature even when spelled with Latin characters. It is said in Midrashic (Jewish homolytical writings dating to hundreds of years before the Common Era) that the Jews merited liberation from exile in Ancient Egypt for three reasons, among which was that their names remained as Hebrew names.
- I find that many computer input systems still have difficulty handling names that use more than the typical 26 English characters; as a senior programmer for a major international firm, I find that testing a system by entering my own name is often enough to reveal hidden bugs, or programming errors, so that they can be fixed rapidly.
- There are very, very few people whose name is D'n (or in female form, D'niella). I like being unique, and being remembered.
Pages I've made (or want to make) major contributions to
- Israel & Judaism
- Places I have known -- USA
- Franklin Square, NY
- Franklin National Bank (to be done -- it's a poor stub now)
- Camp Hill, PA (to be done)
- 3834 Zappafrank (asteroid)
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