WILLIAM HEWLETT (1913–2001) AND DAVID PACKARD (1912–1996)
cofounders of Hewlett-packard (1939)
“Now that Packard and Hewlett have broadened the company’s base, its future will be more stable. Its chief sin was poor timing: It simply waited too long to begin branching out. For the immediate future the picture is not so bright. Government spending on the space program remains at low levels, and the R&D, marketing and initial production costs on the new products will remain high. But once having paid the price of diversifying, H-P, otherwise one of the bestrun outfits in the electronics business, should resume its upward progress.” —“Too Long with a Good Thing” (April 15, 1968)
In his famed “Mother of All Demos” presentation at a computer conference in San Francisco, engineer Douglas Engelbart introduces numerous transformational technologies—including a device he called the “mouse.”
Integrated circuit board inventor Jack Kilby has another breakthrough: the handheld calculator.
APRIL 1, 1967 “The Future of Electronic Money”
AUGUST 1, 1968 “A $2-Billion Market: Pets”