Before retiring from the
Finnish Broadcasting Company Dr. Heikki J. Kasari worked as
Communications Adviser at the division of Corporate Planning. Earlier he has been heading
audience research departments both at commercial and public service
stations. Currently he works as a free
lance consultant on market research, audience
research, and TV audience measurement.
One of his life time
hobbies is jazz and playing the saxophone.
His wife Eila – a former movie producer - is a
motivational speaker and jazz producer. The daughter Melissa
is a skydiver and studies computer sciences and biology at the University of
2011 Heikki wrote:
hear from you all! I have read all
emails with my mobile phone while in the Finn forests taking care of
forestry business. Only now, after
returning to Helsinki,
I’m sitting by a computer. As some of you may recall, my wife is a
and occasionally there is a chance of selling some lumber to the paper
mills. In the current economical
uncertainty, the prices paid to Finnish foresters have slumped. The cheap Russian lumber has not helped the
situation. Working in the woods is, however, excellent physical
exercise. It is
hard to compensate the forestry work by walking in Manhattan during the
– even if the distances are greater than in Helsinki, extensive walking
asphalt is not good news for the feet. As pointed
out by Wim, it can be problematic to send information to any internet
in which you can not control and update the contents.
This is one of the reasons I have stayed away
from the Facebook and other similar databases. Exchanging
the information directly by email saves
past couple of years I have been busy with my new career as a
journalist. Since my full retirement from
the YLE in
2006, I have been a columnist for the major newspaper of Northern
Kaleva (published in Oulu). My specialty (w/ critical view) is still
broadcasting, audience research, public service, license fees, etc.
also became an official journalist for the web Jazz magazine in Finland,
Jazzrytmit (copy of my press card above). We
– me and my wife Eila - wrote
jointly an article about Finnish jazz to the Scandinavian Review,
published in New
York. You can read
the text (this is in English) through the link below.
Unfortunately, the high quality pictures are
printed only in the original magazine.
given up mostly the actual professional work as a research consultant. Instead, I had great hopes of spending much
more time than ever before with saxophone playing.
Unfortunately, there have been several
disruptions caused by dental problems. Only now,
since last week, I seem not to have any
appointments with a dentist!
winter weather has become very miserable. There
are very few pleasant days for outdoors activities.
We have been
fortunately to escape the worst months by staying in New
York. Even if
weather can be cold there also, there is sunshine almost every day and
metropolitan city, a lot of cultural activities. If
any of you travel to the US
during the winter, it would be nice to meet in NYC. I
read my emails almost every day.
daughter studies (PhD candidate) computer sciences at Helsinki University. She
also works there. Last year the
university sent her to Hyderabad (India)
to give a paper (database management & programming) in an
mathematician’s conference. She and her
boyfriend are world travellers; we met them two years ago in New
York, lately they spent ˝ year in Shanghai. He
was sent there by his employer (Center for
Research in Technology); there is an international exchange programme
researchers (no such thing existed when I was a young researcher!).
raised an interesting idea of meeting each other personally. After seeing the picture of the new
castle it crossed my mind, would the
Schoss Wyl be able to sponsor such a meeting?
there could be many other possibilities…you could give it a thought. For instance, we could meet
to evaluate the forthcoming TAM audit ?
Or how about a wine tasting competition in Ireland,
or a trip to Greece
- to evaluate the impact of the current economical climate on the
enclosed a picture of our log cabin and the scenery opening up for the
over the lake in Heinola. As a matter of fact, movie director Elia
us to build the house on the top of a cliff. He
visited us and the country place in 1977, years back
Eila got to know
him in New York. Also, there is a picture of the Rosehill
Condominium where we usually stay during our visits to New
enclosed a picture taken in July of Tony Fahy and myself, taken at the Esplanad Park
during an outdoors
jazz festival in Helsinki. We meet each other just about every summer
while he and Eva are visiting the Scandinavian countries.