Phew! Got at least a POSITIVE reply to my 17 letters regarding shadowing/internship. While ActiveX cannot offer me the internship (insurance reasons) they are willing for me to be an observer. I am going to call them on Monday to make appointments ... looking forward to this.
At least there are still people who are willing to help (there are still others who don't even have the curtesy to say "Sorry, but no"!!!).