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Bill Blodgett (BS '53)

I am retired living on Whidbey Island about 60 miles north of Seattle, WA. My wife and I have been doing a fair amount of travelling. We're leaving 7/23/17 for Halifax, Nova Scotia. We will be sightseeing around the area by rented car until 8/6/17. On 8/7/17 we will be joining a supported bicycle tour of Quebec City and the Ile d'Orleans on the St. Lawrence River for five days.

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Lester Earnest (BS '53)

I've been having a good time despite some adversities. In 1965 I was recruited by the Computer Science Department of Stanford University to create a new graduate research lab, so I designed, set up, named, and managed the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (SAIL), which soon became a hotbed of innovation.

SAIL people directly or indirectly spun off many successful research groups as well as dozens of corporations such as Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Cisco, D.E. Shaw and Associates, Google, iRobot, Rambus, and Sun Microsystems (now part of Oracle).

While all that was going on I personally initiated the creation of many computer-related inventions that are now in use around the world and the developers who took them to market have made hundreds of billions of dollars with more to come. I consider that an honor, even though they never gave me a nickel, because I had done that work in open source mode. See my web site at for a summary of those accomplishments and my argument that patents should be dumped because they inhibit progress.

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Ron Richmond (MS '53, PhD '57)

Now a 24/7 caregiver for Mary, my wife of 62 years, who has Parkinsons Disease but am still flying and maintaining our Piper Comanche 400 aircraft. Taught a course in Aeronautical Design at University of California Irvine for two years and led a team of senior Mechanical Engineers in the design, fabrication and successful flight testing of a 104 foot wingspan human powered airplane.

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David MacDonald (BS '53, MS '54)

Visited daughter Cadie Olsen and family in July, with a camping trip to Idaho. Another upcoming visit with daughter Lara Harshfield and family in Golden, CO.
I'm still hiking and backpacking at age 83, but not climbing fourteeners anymore.
In July, hiked to 10,300-ft elevation near Tuolumne Meadows.

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