Bob Pease’s office early 1970s
Got talking to IC designer Don Sauer about my analog pranks article and he was reminded of an event at National Semiconductor in the early 1970s. Bob Swanson (later CEO of Linear Technology) decided to play a prank on Bob Pease. Swanson moved a file cabinet to block the entrance to Pease’s cubicle. Don reports that Pease literally took it in stride, and simply climbed over the obstacle, backpack and all. Now, Pease replied to me that back then he had a leather briefcase, not a knapsack, so maybe Don’s memory is not perfect, but Pease never denied the little climbing expedition.
Best of all, Don sent me a picture of Pease’s office circa 1973.
And better yet, Don was so cool even back then, he took a 3D picture, click to enlarge, and let me know how to view it. If you have a 3D viewer, meet me at the Silicon Valley eFlea electronic flea market, this one month in May 2011 on the third weekend instead of the second.
Bob Pease’s office at National Semiconductor in the early 1970s.
[Update:] The office picture is much later than the 1970s, analog guru and Pease co-worker Paul Grohe wrote me:
- The pics are NOT from the 70’s. In the upper right, is a black “Our Quality Policy” poster with the modern “swoopy” worldmark logo..so that puts it later than 1996(?). Since the cubicles are the grey/wood type - and not the tall “NASA” inspired ones in Bldg D2, I am guessing this is upstairs in D3 - before he moved to the corner of D2 - so that would put it somewhere around 1996-2001. It is not Bldg. C since our area did not have any labs with windows (can be seen to the right of the quality sign). Most likely it is the old Data Acq area upstairs in D3.
That is even more shocking to me– it means Pease got his office this messy after only ten years. Nice work Bob. I took a video of Bob’s office back in 2004. I will see if I can dig it out.
[Update:] Phil Moinot, EE project manager at Fastpulse Technology sent me a reversed image with the note: “I swapped the right and left images so that they can be viewed by crossing your eyes. What a difference.” This is just a thumbnail, click on the image for the hi-res version.