We used the Wang word processors at the Interior Dept. back then. They had
some awesome features, e.g. "super copy", although I forget what that
On Fri, Feb 9, 2018 at 9:52 AM, Floyd Thursby <buggeredbenzm...@gmail.com>
> Anecdotes re: Wang:
> A buddy of mine worked for Wang back in the early 80s I guess, some kind
> of marketing job, back when Dr. Wang was still running the place. He was a
> very quiet and humble man, but really smart. They were getting stomped by
> IBM, even with their advanced word processors and computers, so it was time
> to address that problem. They hired some high-end marketing consultant to
> put together a plan. So they worked on this plan for awhile and came to do
> a presentation about it. Dr. Wang was there, along with various staff
> members. Some marketing babe from the consultant was up giving the pres
> and gets to the part where they had come up with their tag lines for a new
> marketing campaign, the babe was going through them, there was active
> discussion about each idea, and gets to one suggestion, "Wang: The chink in
> IBM's armor."
> The room goes silent, the babe is standing there knowing something bad
> just happened but is very confused and bewildered. Everyone is trying their
> best to look at their shoes. After a minute or so of sitting very quietly,
> Dr. Wang says, "Thank you very much for your presentation. I don't think
> we will be using your company for going forward" and gets up and walks
> out. The babe is still standing there clueless when everyone leaves the
> room silently.
> Along about that time I suppose, I had met his son, who was a good friend
> of this girl I knew, she had gone to prep school with him. He was
> incredibly full of himself, fairly dissolute (and drove a Mercedes at the
> time!), spoiled rich kid, exactly the opposite of his dad. I think he had
> some role at the company along about then but daddy did not think too
> highly of him. There might have been another son too, who was a bit
> sharper. In any case, the company pretty much folded up not long after
> that, I'm not sure what happened to them all. The company I was working
> for hired a coupla people who had worked there.
> On 2/8/18 10:42 AM, Andrew Strasfogel wrote:
>> First automatic calculator I ever saw was a desktop Wang back in '68 or
>> '69 at the U of Minn. in the grad. geology dept. It sat on the dept.
>> chair's desk like some sort of holy relic; the faculty took turns using it.
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