If Dead Rock Stars Get Plaques So Should Dead Computer Pioneers

About time, eh? Refer to the 2009 article What If Digital Research Had Won IBM’s Love? and another from 2007: Tech Tour Of Pacific Grove.

801 Lighthouse June 2014

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Gary Kildall, the pioneer digital visionary whose development of the microcomputer operating system in 1974 led to the personal computer, was honored Friday in Pacific Grove, the town where he had lived and worked.

Kildall, who died in 1994, was called “Father of the interconnected universe” at the commemorative event, held at Pacific Grove City Hall


Good credit where credit is due, but one is left hanging to know what happend to Digital Research. Trip over to The Six Serendipities of Microsoft and read about how close DR came to being the DOS that shipped with every new IBM PC and becoming big as or bigger than Microsoft.

The IBM design team knew immediately which operating system it wanted …They wanted CP/M, a product of .. Digital Research, of Pacific Grove, California. But when IBM first approached Digital Research, the company’s founder Gary Kildall was out of the office for the day. In his absence, Kildall’s wife and business associates were reluctant to sign the stringent IBM nondisclosure agreement…

If Dead Rock Stars Get Plaques So Should Dead Computer Pioneers