Afterword. Why We Wrote This Book


I grew up in Seattle and graduated from college at the height of the Boeing layoffs. Unemployment exceeded 10%, and in 1971, when the slump was at its worst, someone put up a billboard near the airport that read, “Will the last person leaving Seattle please turn out the lights?* My dad was a dedicated Boeing employee, and during that time, he thought that each week would be his last in a profession he loved: designing, as he was fond of calling them, “flying machines.” He survived the cutbacks, but no one in our family ever breathed easily about job security again. Many of his friends lost their jobs despite their considerable skills and talents. It was a lousy time to graduate from college, but a good ...

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