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Fire in the Valley, 3rd Edition by Paul Freiberger, Michael Swaine

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Building One and Building Two

Building One was primarily the administrative building. Building Two was the production building. There was always this thing of Building Two versus Building One.

–Todd Fischer, IMSAI computer repairman and entrepreneur

Todd Fischer liked to fix things.

When high school ended and many of his classmates went to college or engineering school, Fischer headed to the Air Force recruitment center to enlist. The Air Force, in turn, taught him to repair electronic equipment. Fischer valued the training, but didn’t want to make the Air Force his career. So, when his hitch was up, Fischer went to work for IBM repairing typewriters and keypunch machines. He quit in 1967 after working there only briefly. It wasn’t that ...

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