John Backus died this week and while most of us are busy utilizing all this technology - it would serve us well to remember this amazing visionary. As a past employee of IBM, I can say that Backus' achievements were and still are touted decades later.
A long time ago I had the great opportunity to interview Ben Stein when he was the host of "Win Ben Stein's Money" on Comedy Central. Ben Stein is briliant. He is funny and he was a wonderful interview. In fact, at the time, he gave me some very sage advice about writing that has served me to this day so I owe him a great deal actually in terms of my career.
So it's late (middle of the night) and here I am writing - working on applying for a media fellowship and an avid reader of Ben Stein's sent me this link to his article. Interesting article on business, the world and money.
Ben was a speechwriter for Nixon and Ford by the way. Here's Ben's bio.
Oh...and why do I love him? Because he writes authentically and without remorse, regret or even a hint of dishonesty.