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[Columns]No joke

Mr. Holden did not crack jokes like Americans who are good at telling other people funnystories. He kept smiling and spoke calmly from start to finish. His colleague, who sat in on the interview, said, 'He's shy today. But usually he is very cheerful in the company. When he walks in the hallway, he speaks to everyone he knows.' Mr. Holden does not appear to confine himself to the creation of commercials for foreigners. A Stanford University professor, who is a recipient of a Nobel Prize, has been appearing on a TV commercial recently. With a small integrated circuit in his hand and speaking in English, the professor said the circuit is an excellent product. That commercial is Mr. Holden's work.
He is also in charge of making overseas bound commercials for Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., Minolta Corporation and Kubota Corporation. The 33-year-old copywriter married a Japanese woman three years ago. They are the parents of a 2-year-old boy. Mr. Holden said he plans to return to the United States in the future but hopes to continue working as a copywriter. (H)