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Dennis was one of the boldest, in your face coworkers I’ve ever known. Dennis was an undergraduate student at Stanford when Hewlett Packard in Palo Alto, California hired him as a part-time maintenance staffer. He was an exceptionally curious young … Continue reading

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The Graveyard Shift

I still remember the very first night on the job at Hewlett-Packard’s main building “on the hill” in Palo Alto, California. Fewer than half of the fluorescent light fixtures were switched on. The slanted rows of skylights that dominated the … Continue reading

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Ivan’s Common Sense

My late, great-uncle Ivan was the embodiment of common sense. His actions were rooted in accepting the obvious reality of situations, then behaving pragmatically. Ivan was very fond of gardening. His entire back yard in Sunnyvale, California was basically a … Continue reading

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National Cleaning Week

Way back in the early 1970s, I used to maintain floors for a living.  Those floor surfaces were in Palo Alto, California in front of the executive offices on “the hill” at Hewlett Packard Corporation. When the co-presidents’ regular maintenance … Continue reading

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