Since first sitting down at a PDP8E terminal in 1978, I’ve gone on to serve as; past CTO and SVP of both Engineering and Development for Internet incubator CMGI’s Portal Platform and Solutions Groups including CTO at MyWay.com & CTO at AltaVista Zip2, CTO at CyberMedica, CTO at Verified Person and Internet CTO at Motorola Internet and Networking, Cable Data Products Group and Multiservice Networks Division where I also earned and held Motorola’s highest individual contributor Information Technology ladder ranking of Senior Adviser Technical Analyst.
There in the sepia toned photos stood relatives of some import. I quickly flip each photo to garner some faded hen-scratched insight as to who was standing there and why had my ancestors thought enough of these folk as to save their light reflections as such. How disappointing to find no or illegible writings, certainly I share their underlying genotypical code and obviously their phenotypical expressions, but just how much of their wisdom their essence their being do I reflect? I feel for them, unknown, in a bundle, in a box, in a closet.