October 31, 2014

Your Weekend Assignment: IBM Centennial Film

Back in 1984, I was working as a communications intern at the IBM Research and Manufacturing plant in Boulder, CO. It was an amazing place to be, 5,000 employees working at a single facility on the Diagonal Highway. Heck, there were only 6,000 in the town I grew up in.

I was there when the PC came out. I remember our department getting the first PC at the entire plant. People would come in just to look at it.

I watched this video and got choked up a few times. You’ll see how IBM was there for so many of the key moments that define the times that we live in today. Most of these innovations are things that we take for granted today. Making an airline reservation, calling 911, barcodes, motherboards, personal computers, space flight and even beautiful fractals from Benoît B. Mandelbrot.

So, I admit to being a bit biased. But, trust me, this is 30 minutes well spent. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Please…let me know your favorite moments in the comments.

  • http://scagide.googlepages.com/home Sebastian Cagide

    Fascinating. As an intern at IBM Argentina for 1988. It made me remember those times and made me feel proud to belong to this organization (even as an intern).
    My sincere congratulations to IBM and they did this remarkable video, just 30 minutes.

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