yes, that worked, thank you.
i’m going through the template-functions.php trying to find how to display the last poster’s username and his/her profile link, as well as the link to the topic itself but the only ones i can get to work are these:
<?php echo $latestpost->post_text; ?>
<?php echo $latestpost->poster_id; ?>
<?php echo $latestpost->post_time; ?>