Visit to HP's Cradle
June 3rd to 10th, 2007 was the most important week since the beginning of the young HP Memory Project history. An opportunity for a first live meeting with a large number of the VIPs involved in the HP story and for a grand tour of the most significant locations of the Company's origins in the Silicon Valley.
HP Nostalgia Day – June 4, 2007, was held at the Auditorium, HP Building 20A . Chuck House, Class of ‘62, served as Emcee for the event and scribe for a newsletter published in the July 2007, HPREC Newsletter (Pages 6 & 7.) Hank Magnuski of NCast Corporation, Martha Russell with the Media X program at Stanford University, and Carol Porter (ex-HP) put effort into recording the event.
"Fifty-four people showed up for a two-hour nostalgia tour, featuring three incredibly dedicated HP “fans” who have built elaborate websites devoted (largely) to HP history. Don Higgins and Carol Nakamoto were instrumental in getting HP to donate the room for the event, a wonderful trip back in time to revisit some of the lore and history of “our favorite company.”
|Left to Right: Glenn Robb - Annick Mimoz - Tania Robb - Art Fong - Martha Russell - Kenneth Kuhn
Marc Mislanghe - Eric Mimoz - Chuck House. Photo by Carol Nakamoto
Presenting the HP Memory Project
Since its origin, ten years ago, this was the first opportunity for me to presente the actual status and future objectives of the Memory Project in front of an audience made-up of people who themselves built the HP story.
The presentation and talk recapped the many ways the HP Memory Project resources could be used as references in education and industry. The speach concluded by drawing the attention of the audience to the fact that the accumulated collection and resources are ready and waiting for any interested party wishing to develope it further and reap the benefits of the work already done.
A web version of the produced slideshow is avalaible here, in the Presentation chapter of the web site.
Below are some of the pictures taken during the meeting.
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3 Collectors standing in front of the
recently restored Addison Avenue HP's Garage
This Californian trip was the first opportunity for me to meet Glenn Robb and Kenneth Kuhn. We previously met 3 years ago, fighting for the same vintage HP products on Ebay. Our adversity quickly turned to friendship. After having exchanged hundreds of mails related to our common passion during this period, the great moment had arrived, our first live meeting. A visit to Addison avenue and a photo taken in front of HP's birthplace was our first priority.
Over the last several years, HP in an effort to preserve for future generations its most famous piece of real estate, recently completed the restoration of the house and original garage where Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard started their company in January 1939.
A complete report of this wonderful work of memory can be seen on the History Link of the HP Web Site.
Stanford University's Main Quad, as seen from Palm Drive
Everythings Started There...
In the fall of 1930, Dave Packard left his hometown of Pueblo, Colorado, to enroll at Stanford University. There he met another freshman, Bill Hewlett. Dave Packard had decided he wanted to be an electrical engineer, and Bill Hewlett thought he might be interested in medicine or engineering, so Bill and Dave were in many of the same classes during their freshman and sophomore years...
... By their senior year they had become good friends...
John Minck at Bill Hewlett's desk
Among the many HP historic VIPs we had the opportunity to meet during this silicon valley stay was John Minck who gave us a grand tour of the HP facilities.
John is sitting here at Bill Hewlett's desk which is essentially unchanged since Bill retired.
John Minck is the author of "INSIDE HP: A narrative history of Hewlett-Packard from 1939-1990".
Glenn Robb and me standing at the entrance
We were warmly welcomed by Devon Dawson for a visit of the Historical Center in Agilent's headquarters in Santa Clara.
The Agilent History Center began in 1987 as the HP Archives. When Agilent split from HP in 1999, the Archives split as well, with those products and records documenting the measurement roots of HP coming to Agilent. Devon Dawson, archivist and public relations specialist, staffs the facility.
The History Center's public space is a large room lined with glass-enclosed shelves on one wall. A 1930s Smith Corona typewriter sits nearby atop a weathered, 50-year-old lab bench. The typewriter grips a copy of Bill and Dave's first business plan for HP.
This was for me the opportunity to see for the first time a 300A wave analyzer, and an original 524A, the Al Bagley's first electronic counter, the only two vintage showpieces still missing today from my own collection.
|Santa Clara, Agilent Historical Center Showcase|
The Mountain View Computer History Museum
This is a must see for any visitor to the silicon valley.
"TO HELP PRESERVE AND PRESENT FOR POSTERITY THE ARTIFACTS AND STORIES OF THE INFORMATION AGE."
The VISIBLE STORAGE of the Computer History Museum offers an opportunity to learn about the history of computing over 600 unique artifacts, from rare slide rules and mechanical calculators to the earliest one-of-kind computers, vintage PCs and exotic super-computers.
|Part of the Handheld Calculator Collection
Courtesy of the Computer History Museum
|One of the many Mainframe Computer Collection
Courtesy of the Computer History Museum
One of the most emotional events of this meeting was the diner offered by Art Fong. Art was the lead designer for such a quantity of microwave instruments that he became known as "Mr. Microwave" at HP. We were all very impressed by the enthusiasm and sharpness of Art. Our discussions were fascinating and the high interest shown by Art for our respective work was the most encouraging conclusion everyone could hope for from this thoroughly enjoyable and memorable week walking down HP's memory lane.
|Kenneth Kuhn ------------------- Marc Mislanghe ------------- Art Fong --------------------Glenn Robb -------------- Eric Mimoz|