Dear Mr. Weber, I was very disappointed to receive your email declining to participate in my unusual odyssey. According to Crypto's website the company's celebrating its 50 anniversary this year. From a public relations standpoint it seems to me you'd enjoy a cyclist from California dropping by to help celebrate the occasion. Since no reason was given I can only speculate it has to do with the company's secretive nature. Well, this sure does nothing to correct that. Just to let you know I will be stopping on the public street outside your head office to take pictures of the place. It's something I do for my records and to show I physically saw a head office with my own eyes. I'm sorry the story I write won't show Crypto in a positive light. Yours truly, Paul Wolsfeld
On June 17, 2002 I
arrive in Zug and cycle two miles to the suburb of Steinhausen.
It's here I find the six-story, blue trimmed headquarters of
Crypto. It looks to have been built in the early 1980's. There's
a large flag flying out front with "50 years" written
on it. Directly across the street is a neighborhood shopping
center. I was going to enter the building and see if I could
talk to Mr. Weber to find out why they didn't want to participate
but decided against it. Still, why didn't he give me a reason?
Was it because they thought what I was doing stupid? Was it because
no one had time? Could it be they were in the midst of management
shake-up or that they're just plain secretive and don't talk
Dear Mr. Paul Wolsfeld
Thank you for your e-mail reply. With much surprise we read the contents of your e-mail.
We do not think it shows very good style to threaten a company as you say at the end of your e-mail: "I'am sorry the story I write won't show Crypto in a positive light". We are very much surprised about your mental attitude, which does not fit in with a sportiv ideal. We would like to inform you that it is our common policy not to give any data to outside persons. It has nothing to do with a company secretive nature. We think you have to accept that, as we accept that you are touring the world on bicycle. Should you persist on your negative attitude vis-à-vis our company, we will hand over the matter to our lawyer who will be sueing being the case.
We wish you all the best on your further stages on your european tour.
Hmmm. So let me see
if I have this straight. I send Giuliano Otth, CEO of Crypto,
a letter of introduction explaining what I do and how over the
past 15 years I've visited more than 3,000 companies. I enclose
news clippings and give them my website address so they can get
a taste of what I write about. Crypto's manager of Public Relations
responds with an e-mail saying they don't want to participate
but gives no explanation. I then respond to his e-mail noting
my disappointment, their lack of explaining why they don't want
to participate and how it'll be difficult to put a positive spin
on the story. Crypto's manager of Public Relations then responds
by saying I'll be sued if I "persist on your negative attitude
vis-à-vis our company".