Re: {Collins} A note to Collins museum- Tubbs fire consumed archives of Hewlett & Packard

Unlike some here who actually worked for Collins in the day, I got to do my turn at HP in the lat 80's and early 70's. It was one of the first jobs I considered to be "real." HP was a great company to work for and I learned a lot from them. I also found out why they had some of the best built electronics test equipment around. I had a lot of respect for the efforts Bill and Dave had put into the company. If I recall, one of them even visited during my tenure there but I forget which, I don't recall for certain if I got to see or meet them since I worked a swing shift.

I'm reminded how it's hard to change a culture unless you destroy the past. I can't help but think even in this tragic loss not intentionally destroyed, there will be so much lost of the history and culture that Bill and Dave worked so hard for.

Thank you for the note,
Asa  Jay

Asa Jay Laughton - W7TSC, MSgt, USAFR, Retired
Spokane County ARES-RACES Net Manager

On 10/29/2017 3:05 PM, Ed Sharpe via Collins wrote:

The  Tubbs fire consumed the collected archives of William Hewlett and
David Packard,  the tech pioneers who in 1938 formed an electronics company in a
Palo Alto  garage with $538 in cash.
More  than 100 boxes of the two men’s writings, correspondence, speeches
and other  items were contained in one of two modular buildings that burned to
the ground  at the Fountaingrove headquarters of Keysight Technologies.
Keysight, the  world’s largest electronics measurement company, traces its
roots to HP and  acquired the archives in 2014 when its business was split from
Agilent  Technologies — itself an HP spinoff.
(My added note)   And.... this is  why I continue to stress  multiple
caches of  copies/scans of historical material... and sad... as in this  case
here is  someone that  could have footed the bill and not missed the  money to
do it.
Ed#  Archivist  for SMECC
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