walmarts and bill shockleys lab

Spike Jones (
Wed, 16 Dec 1998 22:00:47 -0800

Michael Lorrey wrote:

> Spike Jones wrote:
> > i was about an hour northwest of boston on business. there
> > was no place to buy anything! no walmarts, no fry's
> > electronics, nothing. just all these dippy little mom and...
> Michael Lorrey wrote: An hour northwest? That would be either

> west of Lowell, towards Groton,

it was just north of methuen i think is the name of the place. i was doing business with a company called physical sciences inc. i had a few hours of daylight to kill before the meetings so i drove around looking for something to do. there were lots of nice houses, nice rural neighborhoods, everything was very nice. and i nearly lost my mind. because it didnt seem to be... forward looking. i dont get out nearly enough i guess. around here, everything is so tomorrow oriented. its easy to be forward looking since we dont really have a past... {8^D

this is not always good. when visitors come, i like to use the old gag "some of these buildings are over *twenty years old*... with an awed tone. {8^D but the down side is that a development company decided to tear down the lab where william shockley invented the integrated circuit. i figure if i get frozen, then melted a couple hundred years in the future, i will be looking up at a circle of faces all asking me:

how could you! let them tear down something so pivital to history? why didnt you chain yourself to that building? etc. spike