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      How MrBean Led the Computer Industry

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      1955 seemed like any other year to most people, but
      unbeknown to the world '55 was to prove the arrival of the
      geeks. Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Tim Berners-Lee and Eric
      Schmidt were all born in 1955.

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      How MrBean Led the Computer Industry
      Copyright (c) 2010 Jennifer Robinson
      Online Connect UK

      1955 seemed like any other year to most people, but unbeknown to
      the world '55 was to prove the arrival of the geeks. Steve Jobs,
      Bill Gates, Tim Berners-Lee and Eric Schmidt were all born in

      Brilliant author Malcolm Gladwell also noticed this occurrence of
      the rise of computer genius in his book "Outliers" stating
      "they were fortunate enough to be in the right place at the
      right time and have the strength and presence of mind to seize
      the opportunities." Was it really as simple as that? I continued
      the search to find if there was something more significant and
      profound that occurred that year

      Predictions for the future in 1955 included one from Henry
      Dreyfuss (a celebrity industrial designer) that future
      telephone's would have miniature television tubes, perhaps
      predicting iPhone, but he also said Mail would be dispatched
      across the country by guided rockets - which is too much of a
      stretch to say he predicted email.

      In Chinese Astrology it was the year of the WOOD SHEEP who's
      characteristics include Smart. Artistic, Kind, Happy, Reserved,
      Insecure, Dependent (hardly the description of these guys).
      McDonalds opened their first restaurant in 1955 a company that
      pioneered corporate globalization. Still I couldn't quite see
      these fellow's devouring a happy meal.

      None of these events seemed to prepare the world for the
      forthcoming invasion of the nerds so I looked to music. The best
      selling US single of the year was Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom
      White by Perez Prad. A reference to Apple there maybe ? But the
      evidence was thin.

      I delved into literature "The Return Of The King" by Tolkien
      was published that year, could that be the catalyst for their
      success ? If so who was the King ? On Tv the top show was the
      $64,000 Question. Nothing seemed to fit maybe Gladwell was right

      I turned to science 1955 was the year we said goodbye to two of
      finest minds of the 20th century Albert Einstein and Alexander
      Fleming. Did this hold any significance? In Computer science the
      ENIAC was shut down.

      In Astronomy on the 20th of June 1955 there was a total eclipse .
      My mind raced was the eclipse the same day as the summer
      solstice, was this some Pagan, Sumerian, Mayan or Egyptian symbol
      preparing the world of the coming of the geeks. But no another
      dead end as the solstice is on the 21st of June.

      Turning for answers as so many do to Religion, 1955 I found that
      Margaret Knight stunned Britain by suggesting morality without
      religion. The dead sea scrolls continued to be discovered in 1955
      and both Messianic Rule scroll and the War Scroll were published.
      Again nothing quite seemed to click.

      Maybe the answer comes from beyond this world, Dr. P. S. V. Setty
      said in January 1955 "reports have come from all over the world
      of strange objects being sighted in the sky which are generally
      known as Flying Saucers". Interesting but hardly Roswell, I
      concluded that the reality distortion field and parking in a
      disabled space did not prove extra-terrestrial involvement.

      Finally having exhausted all possibilities I was ready to concede
      that Malcolm Gladwell was right. There was no sign that the geeks
      were coming or significance of the year. Then I sat down and
      switched on the television. An old episode of Mr Bean came

      Something sparked in my mind. That's it. I jumped up and
      searched wikipedia. 1955 was indeed the year of the geeks. Rowan
      Atkinson who plays the much loved Mr Bean was the key. Before
      Eric Schmidt, Before Bill Gates, Berners-Lee and Jobs came you
      guessed it......Mr Bean. Rowan Atkinson was the first born geek
      of 1955.

      When Apple did a parody of Microsoft in a commercial who did they
      use - Mr Bean and what's more he danced to Mr Bombastic proving
      he is the king of the geeks. There was a sign of the rise of the
      geeks and that sign was Mr Bean. And if Tolkien had predicted the
      "Return of the King", he surely would be the first born geek -
      who was not Steve Jobs but Mr Bean. Take that Mr Gladwell.

      January 6 1955 - Rowan Atkinson - Mr Bean himself was born at the
      beginning of '55 heralding the start of a Geek Power and the
      spiritual leader and returning king...

      February 24 1955 - Steve Jobs the co-founder of Apple, the guy
      who gave us Toy Story, PIXAR, iMac, iPod, iTunes, iTouch, iPad,
      iPhone and rumored to soon be purchasing iHop.....

      April 27 1955 - Eric Schmidt the CEO of the worlds biggest media
      company and search engine Google and also a former board member
      of Apple, until Android sort of got in the way...

      June 8 1955 - Tim Berners-Lee the founder of the world wide web.
      Whilst at CERN Berners-Lee presumably between creating a particle
      accelerator and talking to researchers for Dan Brown books found
      some time to create the www.

      October 28 1955 - Bill Gates the founder of Microsoft that
      eventually got so bored of the computer industry he has now
      decided to rid the world of mosquitoes instead.

      Footnotes: Bill Joy of Sun Microsystems was born in 1954,
      co-wrote Java and has been bravely outspoken about the dangers of
      technology. The great Winston Churchill resigned as Prime
      Minister of Britain in 1955 and was once quoted as saying
      "History will be kind to me for I intend to write it".

      Jennifer Robinson writes for OnlineConnect.co.uk an office
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