There were five men that played a major role in my professional development. I just learned that one of them passed on last year, Mort Ruderman. I worked for four of these men but not for Mort. Mort was a friend who played a major role in my professional development over a fifteen year span. I suspect that everyone that has some significant professional success can point to a few people that made that success possible. I know that I would not have achieved the things I achieved if it was not for these five men.
Ken Olsen, the founder of Digital Equipment died yesterday at the age of 84. He was a special and I would say even extraordinary person who had a great impact on the computer industry and on me personally.