It has been 25 years since Bill retired from the company, which means that only a handful of today’s LLG team members actually worked with or came into contact with Bill on the job. I hope that those of you who were at the 50th Anniversary celebration two years ago in November, 2016, had a chance to spend some time with him.
Phil Linscott, Bill and I were an interesting trio. Phil was very good at remembering names, Bill was very good at remembering numbers, and I remembered some names and some numbers (which were not always connected). So we each knew enough to be dangerous.
In the early 1970’s Bill pioneered by buying the first hand held “computer” which did more than add, subtract and multiply. It was the size of a small brick and cost around $300. Today thin palm sized calculators having the same or more capability are often given away for free.
Bill had a number of stories about growing up in Southern California (Los Angeles and Cambria) in the late 1920’s and 1930’s. As someone from somewhere else (Brooklyn, NY) I enjoyed listening to his stories. Unfortunately, I cannot remember a single one. He was also a party to the 1950’s transportation infrastructure boom that characterized California at that time. It’s what brought me west in 1958.
My memory may not be correct. But I think Bill had a hand in helping Betsey Linscott purchase the company’s first word processor, and that Kathy (Bill’s daughter) was one of the first users.
Bill’s legacy can be seen in the principals, team members and alumni he mentored.”