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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Citizenship objective set by HP company founders Bill and Dave

cover and table of contents

PHOTO: (click on photo to enlarge) Magazine article by Thomas Kraemer, "Printing Enters the Jet Age, How today's computer printers came to eject microscopic dots with amazing precision," American Heritage Invention & Technology, Spring 2001, Vol. 6, No. 4, pp. 18-27, cover and table of contents. The inkjet printer was originally developed at Hewlett-Packard in Corvallis, Oregon to provide a battery-powered printer that could also work with the battery-powered portable computers and calculators also designed at HP in Corvallis in the late 1970's and early 1980's. See previous posts: History of HP inkjet printers in American Heritage Invention & Technology (2/19/12), OSU Linus Pauling using HP calculator in PBS documentary (8/2/12), Computer mouse inventor dies after inspiring Xerox PARC, Apple and HP (7/9/13), Google Android Sony SmartWatch apes HP-01 LED watch from 1977 (7/1/12)

The local newspaper story by Bennett Hall, "Hewlett-Packard raises its local profile," Gazette-Times, Dec. 14, 1023, p. A2 prompted me to write the following letter to the editor:

Bennett Hall's Dec. 14 story, "Hewlett-Packard raises its local profile," provided a quintessential example of the HP corporate objective to be a good citizen. Decades ago, I was fortunate to witness company founders Bill and Dave (as they humbly asked to be called) hold managers accountable for citizenship while attending company division reviews with them around the world. I am heartened that Corvallis is continuing to benefit from their timeless leadership.(Quoted from (as submitted without the minor edits contained in printed version) Thomas Kraemer, "Letter: Good to see HP continue tradition of involvement," Gazette-Times, Dec. 20, 2013, p. A9)

It is truly encouraging to see good citizenship being valued again at HP, at least in Corvallis, after the series of questionable company CEO Managers selected in recent years by the HP Board of Directors.