Weblog post: http://www.futuresalon.org/2005/01/happy_birthday_.html
The Sailor Boy, as he calls himself, celebrated his 80th birthday
with his daughters, grandchildren and his friends last Saturday.
To live, to love, to learn, to leave a legacy. [Essence of First
Things First] If there is one person that has done it all, then it is
He told the story again last Saturday at age 25, after he had
proposed to his future wife he formulated a principle for his
Let me design a professional goal which will maximize the
contribution my career can have to mankind!
Weeks later his lifetime goal emerged:
As much as possible, to boost mankind's collective capability for
coping with complex, urgent problems.
This goal was his guiding light throughout his career, which enabled
him to see things beyond the horizon, to see capabilities that are
beyond the reach for you.
Videos from Doug's famous demo from 1968 were shown at the party and
details revealed that I haven't heard before.
There was no Ethernet back in the 60s, so they created a wireless
link to send the data and video streams from the Palo Alto offices to
the conference in San Francisco with a couple of trucks on Skyline as
repeaters creating as far as I know the first mobile network.
Happy Birthday Sailor Boy. We are so glad to have you in our midst
and don't feel like a failure [You reiterated that on Saturday. Just
because not everything that you envisioned has come through yet]
there are people like Eugene from Blue Oxen or the group at
Processing Engelbart that are picking up the pieces and keeping your
You will forever be our inspiration on the way to a world that works
for all of us.
As the Future Salon's little part to further carry your ideas and
work out to the world, finally the video of your Future Salon
presentation is available at the Internet Archive. [Fast forward if
you can to 13:45 or so, this is where Doug's talk starts.]
Thank you Doug for all that you have done for us.
All the best, Mark.