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Author Curtis, Bill
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Language English
Abstract Success famously has many parents, and SIGCHI is no exception. A strong paternity claim can be made by Bill Curtis, who garnered funding and organized ACM's sponsorship for the Gaithersburg conference in 1982, during which plans to form SIGCHI were announced. The successful and unexpectedly profitable Gaithersburg meeting provided the model for the first CHI conference, which convened in Boston in December 1983. In this column, Bill discusses his subsequent involvement with the Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation. This research enterprise, largely forgotten today, was highly influential in the 1980s, hiring and providing visibility to HCI researchers, many of whom remain active. From 1986 to 1989, I was one of the occupants of that unusual building in Austin, Texas, where the fourth-floor management comprised mainly former intelligence-agency employees, while many researchers on the floors below were there in part to avoid working on Reagan-era Strategic Defense Initiative ("Star Wars") projects.<br /><br />As Timelines editor, I would like to thank Richard Anderson and Jon Kolko for their unwavering support and assistance, and for the inspiration provided by their dedication to and outstanding stewardship of this magazine.---Jonathan Grudin
Description Affiliation: CAST Software (Curtis, Bill)
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1999-03-01
Publisher Place New York
Journal interactions (INTR)
Volume Number 17
Issue Number 6
Page Count 4
Starting Page 56
Ending Page 59


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Source: ACM Digital Library