The Lore of Pixar

Check out this article on the history of Pixar (the company that brought you ‘Toy Story’ and all those lovely names for your Debian releases). What struck me most was the following sentence: “… he was given a position at Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), where he got a reputation for being peculiar.” What? Peculiar in Xerox PARC in the 1970s? I was instantaneously impressed.

The person called peculiar is Dick Shoup who grabed and manipulated video footage when the people around him were trying to invent an office suite. Xerox PARC must have been one of the most creative places in space and time ever. Every time I sit on a bean bag I try to imagine what it must have been like there back then.

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