Tuesday, May 8, 2012

ABQ: Microsoft Lived Here

I didn't know this about Albuquerque!
A thief took the plaque! 

Historic Microsoft Headquarters

Item excerpted from the Albuquerque Journal Business Outlook section, 14 September 2006: the circa 1950s building that housed the original Microsoft principals, Bill Gates and Paul Allen, is for sale in Albuquerque NM. The piece states that the real estate agent in question is marketing the property as "owning a piece of history."

The text for the plaque planned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen at Linn and California NE reads as follows: "Microsoft Inc., housed at this site from 1975 to 1979, was founded here by Paul G. Allen and Bill Gates, whose passion for technology and vision of "a computer on every desk and in every home" led to the development of Microsoft's groundbreaking software. Paul Allen and Bill Gates would like to acknowledge the important role that the city of Albuquerque played in the company's early development, offering an environment that stimulated creativity and encouraged entreprenurial spirit." [Bill Boehm, 10/02/2006]

A plaque on a rock stands in front of the building where Paul Allen and Bill Gates got their start. Leaving offerings of old mother boards and floppy disks is uncool for the environment. In April 2012, police were investigating the plaque's disappearance.

In a statement, Paul Allen said, "I've got great memories of working long hours in that office, and Bill and I were happy it was there as a way to thank the city of Albuquerque for its role in starting Microsoft. I can't imagine why someone would want to steal it. If it doesn't turn up, I'll make sure it gets replaced and installed in a more secure fashion."

Read more: http://www.seattlepi.com/business/tech/article/Thief-steals-Microsoft-commemorative-plaque-in-3492634.php#ixzz1uIqKh83A

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