Well, It's September 13th. My trip is over and I didn't need my backup plan. Still, though - always good to have a plan.
I was in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for business on the 11th. I had never been to Wisconsin before, but I have a lot of family in Minnesota. Minnesotans, of course, are rivals with the Wisconsin cheese heads. I had the opportunity to go see a Green Bay Packers game while there, but I choose to avoid the event and go golfing instead. As it turns out, the Packers lost the game 26 - 0, but they lost to the the Bears, not the Vikings.
53000 starts the zip code range for Wisconsin. On December 31, 2002, the Milwaukee, (Wisconsin) Journal Sentinel reported that “An estimated 53,000 Wisconsin workers could have benefited from a further extension,” of their then ended unemployment benefits. In 2003, Barry Allen, 53, was Executive Vice President &, Chief Human Resources Officer serving Qwest Communications’ 53,000 employees. From 1993 to 1995, Mr. Allen served as president and COO of Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s Marquette Electronics.
Why does that matter? It really doesn't except that in 1983, 53,000 people spent $3,000 to take home one of the new Compaq Portable computers, making Compaq the fastest growing U.S. company to that point in history.
Computer lore has it that Rod Canion drew out the basic design for the Compaq Portable computer on a napkin while having lunch with fellow Texas Instruments managers Jim Harris and Bill Murtotheir. In November of 1982, the Compaq Portable PC debuted with a 4.77 MHz 8088, a nine-inch monochrome monitor, 128 kilobytes of RAM and a single 320K floppy disk drive. It weighed in at 28 pounds and ran off of AC power, but with the keyboard snapped over the front, it was fully portable.