A View from Brad King

Searching for the West Coast PC Crowd

In August, Technology Review will have a piece on the influence of the West Coast labs in the development of PCs, particularly in the sixties and seventies. **Updates June 8, 10:30 am) In my haste to post this, I clearly…

  • June 7, 2005

In August, Technology Review will have a piece on the influence of the West Coast labs in the development of PCs, particularly in the sixties and seventies.

**Updates June 8, 10:30 am)

In my haste to post this, I clearly smashed two ideas together. I am looking for both West Coast PCers, and others from different parts of the country who have worked on PC projects. The two listed below are East Coast projects. I’ve tracked down some Midwest folks already, but I’d like to get a nice rounded out group.

**End Update**

Of particular interest to me are: 1) ProjectMAC and 2) MULTICS.

As an exercise, I’m looking to track down people who worked – either directly or tangentially – on these projects, to find out, first hand, about their experiences. We’re busy tracking down some of these folks ourselves, but we are operating off a very specific list, and I’m sure there are more folks than we know about. Very often, innovation happens in the shadows of the public sphere.

So, if you know someone who was, in away way, working on the development of the PC in the ’60s or ’70s, I’d love to hear about them. Then, if all goes well, we’ll publish a collective piece in the near future.

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