Distinguished Speaker Series with John Markoff



  • What the Dormouse Said

    Join us between from 6:00-7:00pm for light snacks and a networking reception.

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    John Markoff, Technology Staff Writer for the The New York Times and author, What the Dormouse Said: "How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry"

    Introduction By

    Dan Gillmor, Author, "We The Media"

    Co-hosted by the Computer History MuseumThe Institute for the FutureACM San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, and CSPA


    Book Signing

    Borders Books will host a book signing for John Markoff and Dan Gillmor during the networking reception prior to the talk.


    Program Overview

    In this talk highlighting themes from his new book, Markoff tells the story of the how military funding of basic research, anti-war activism, and readily available psychedelic drugs converged on the mid-Peninsula in the 1960's to create a unique political and cultural environment that led to development of the personal computer.

    John Markoff is a senior writer for the New York Times, and co-author of "Cyberpunk: Outlaws and hackers on the Computer Frontier" and the best selling "Takedown: The Pursuit and Capture of Kevin Mitnick, America's Most Wanted Computer Outlaw". He is a three-time Pulizer Prize nominee.


    Panel Discussion

    Markoff's talk will be followed by a panel discussion including Markoff and four of the key figures whose work Markoff has chronicled:

    Dennis Allison was co-founder of the Peoples Computer company, created Tiny Basic, and was a founder of Dr. Dobbs Journal. He is currently a lecturer in the Computer Systems Laboratory at Stanford and works as an independent consultant.

    Bill Duvall worked in Doug Englebart's Augment group at the Stanford Research Institute, where he wrote the software that sent the first ARPANet message, and subseqeuntly moved to Xerox PARC.

    Lee Felsenstein ran the Homebrew Computer Club, and designed the Sol and Osborne 1, two of the original personal computers. He is currently a partner at the Fonly Institute, a consulting and research organization focused on developing groundbreaking products that place computer power in the hands of ordinary people.

    Larry Tesler worked at the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (SAIL) and later Xerox PARC and Apple, where he was Vice-President and Chief Scientist. He is currently Vice-President and Research Fellow at Yahoo, where he heads their User Experience and Design Group.

    The SDForum Distinguished Speaker Series presents people who have helped define our understanding of software: what it is, how it is developed, and the opportunities it affords. The series provides these noted figures a platform to grapple with the larger issues of the software industry, as viewed through the prism of their current work and interests.

    The theme for the 2004-2005 series of talks is "The Software Commons."

    Read more on the SDForum Distinguished Speaker Series and see a list of upcoming speakers!

    Event Logistics


    PARC-George E. Pake Auditorium

    3333 Coyote Hill Road

    Palo Alto, CA


    6:00-7:00pm Registration/Networking & Light Snacks

    7:00-9:00pm Program




    $15 SDForum and Co-Hosting Organizations

    $25 Non-members

    $10 Students - to register call SDForum 408-494-8378

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    Pre-Registration Closes at 2:00pm, the day of the event.

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