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Alan Kay

One of the best things that CEO Ray Kassar did for Atari was to talk the great computer scientist Alan Kay into joining Atari to set up a research division. The first thing he did upon arriving was ask around to see if there were any bright young Turks hanging around who might be at risk of leaving the company. Apparently a great many fingers pointed him in my direction, so one day I got a call from his assistant asking me to meet him. My ignorance of the real world was too great to permit me to have any inkling who this man was; as far as I was concerned, this was just another technical orientation session for some clueless big shot executive. So I showed up at Alan's doorstep feeling slightly put out at being taken away from my real ...

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