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

Truly sad news. 

I was very fortunate to get a summer job right out of high school working at HP.   1966

It was just a job in their sheet metal shop for the summer, however after begging for a job during the school year (books, gas, food) and bringing a few of my Ham Radio projects to the HR Department I actually ended up with an intern position while attending college working in the Frequency & Time Division R&D lab.

One night in 1967 working on my solid state 2M transceiver and applying my success with it to an HP Microwave Frequency Counter, and who should wander by (7PM in the evening) but Bill Hewlett-Packard practicing his MBWA (management by wandering around).  A few minutes explaining what I was doing here in the lab and an amazing conversation with a founder, he continued in his way.

Little did I know then how that chance meeting with Bill Hewlett that evening would soon change my career forever.

At 19 I was probably at that point the youngest new addition to HP Labs.  Before that I didn’t even know what HP Labs was or for that matter that it existed at all.  

I would have dearly loved to have read what he wrote in my personnel file. It opened doors for a good deal of an amazing 43 years in the electronics industry.

Losses add up.  It hurts to hear.

Dave WI6R

Sent from my iPhone

On Oct 30, 2017, at 6:44 AM, Asa Jay Laughton via Collins <collins@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

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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