Bill Hewlett (1913-2001)/Dave Packard (1912-1996)

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Travelogue of Hewlett and Packard page 2 by Julie Newdoll

August 8 afternoon: Julie gets an email from Matthew McKenna, the one that snagged H and P from UCSC a quick as a bunny. He writes, "I saw these two hitchhiking outside my office this morning. Turns out a co worker of mine here at UC Santa Cruz had given them a ride this morning and dropped them off. I was heading out through San Jose, so I thought I'd offer them a lift. I was going all the way out to Mt Hamilton to do some work at Lick Observatory, I mentioned this, but they didn't protest. I guess since that 4,200 foot elevation over Silicon Valley provides such a spectacular overview of the area they helped build, they'd take the extra day or two to enjoy some sightseeing.

"Unfortunately, I was limited with space, so I had to have them ride in the back. Good news, there was a piece of HP test gear back there they could play with. On my way, I stopped at my Mom and Dad's house in San Jose to grab a quick cup of coffee. My mom thought they were looking a bit thin, and offered them a peanut butter sandwich, but they declined. We didn't have time for a picture, but they did get out of the van to stretch their legs before we headed off.
"I realized I was going to be driving quite close by San Jose State University. My sister, Angeline, works there as a research and program assistant in the Deaf and Hard Of Hearing Credentials and Masters Program, she is also a grad student herself. All four of us met near the main entrance and took a quick photo. But not time to waste, I had work to do.

"They were surprisingly quiet on the trip up the mountain. I was happy they didn't get car sick, as it is quite a twisty road, but not a peep out of either one of them. I suspect since I had to fit them in horizontally, they had fallen asleep.

"We finally made it to the top, and I dropped them off near the 36 inch refractor telescope building. A young gentleman on a bicycle briefly considered giving them a lift back down the hill, but I think Mr. H and Mr. P wanted to enjoy the view for a while. I bid them a fond farewell, and got on with my day.
"I suspect that they will hang out for a bit and enjoy the view. Maybe when the astronomers finish up for the evening, one of them will be kind enough to give them a lift. Either that, or one of the many visitors to the mountain will oblige. We did mention to the network admin's that they were in the area, I bet they will keep a close eye on these two."
August 9: Very cool place to take them, we think. However, we were a little worried about them being there at night. We did not want their parts to get frozen, if you know what I mean. In addition, there are no cell towers up there to relay their location. Don't bother using the map to locate them at this point. Julie writes to Lick Observatory to ask that they please bring him inside at night. She gets a wonderful reply.

We were delighted when Bill and Dave showed up here yesterday. This seemed like a totally appropriate place for them to visit, as one of their very first 1938 garage projects was building a piece of custom electronics for one of our Lick Observatory telescopes. Dave described this in his book "The HP Way", pages 39-40.
Please be assured they were inside last night, entertained (and entertaining) and well cared for. Details and photos will follow. I last saw them at 6AM, and they were quite well, thank you. Sorry if they are not communicative at the moment; perhaps they're just having too much fun with this whole escapade, as are we.

Rumor had
it they might be starting back down the hill today toward the end of their journey, but I cannot yet confirm that.

We LOVE your project!

Remington P.S. Stone
Director, Mt. Hamilton Operations
Lick Observatory

Photo by Tony Misch (You have to see the large version of this one! Give it a click.) "On the catwalk"
Now for a tour of Lick Observatory like you have never seen before! (Take it from Mario, our engineer and amateur astronomer, the Shane 3m Reflecting Telescope is dimly seen by visitors from a glassed-in viewing area.) This view took their breath away.
Tony Misch writes, "I picked up Bill and Dave early on the evening of the 8th and took them to my house on the east end of the mountain. They had spent the day by the flagpole at the south end of our Visitor's Center, overlooking the valley. This is where Ellie took the pictures of Lotus, herself and her family, earlier in the day (bottom of this page).

At about 9 or 10pm, I took B and D to the 3-meter telescope control room to introduce them to the observer (Chris McCarthy) and the telescope operator (Bernie Walp). This was the occasion for the two pictures with Bernie. I'd intended to take them back to my house to await the trip to SJ in the morning, but they hit it off so well with Bernie and Chris that they decided to stay the night. I went home."

In the control room of the 3-meter Shane Reflector, helping telescope operator Bernie Walp find the next star.

Here are H and P admiring the telescope from the mezanine level in the 3-meter's dome.

Donning hardhats, here they are inspecting the cassegrain focus of the 3-meter. Remember that little telescope you got for your birthday that one year? This is where the eyepiece would be to look through this telescope.
"On the morning of the 9th, I went back over to the 3-meter where Bill and Dave, tired from the night's work but willing to endure another photo shoot, were waiting in the control room. I took them out on the dome floor, let them ride the manlift, and play with the liquid nitrogen. . .

We then proceeded to the dome's catwalk, via the elevator and mezzanine. Outside on the catwalk, I took their picture looking north at the catwalk level, then brought them around to the east side of the dome where the morning sun was shining, ran downstairs, and took the shot of them on the catwalk, seen from below(This is the great picture above with the red arrow on it).

Before going home, we made a quick visit to the nearly completed dome of the Automated Planet Finder Telescope (APF).

"Back at my house, they met the "hermit," who is actually my friend Mike Roche, a Tibetan Buddhist practitioner who is making use of a small hut in my garden for a month-long retreat. Thus the picture, taken on my deck, of Mike and Bill and Dave in meditation garb. (BTW, I'm the beatnik-looking
guy peeking over Bill's shoulder).

Finally, at my wife's suggestion, we brought out some (dimensionally challenged) relics from my younger daughter's fling with the Lord of the Rings (that's Strider on the left; Gimli the dwarf and Legolos the elf on the right). A few minutes later, B and D were asleep in my car, on their way to Willow Glen. . .I dropped Bill and Dave off for coffee about 11am at the Willow Glen Roasting Company on Lincoln, just north of Minnesota." THANKS, Tony!
Here is what night people look like during the day. Lick staff members Lotus Baker (squeezing Packard's thumb) and Elinor Gates with Bill and Dave.

Elinor Gates, Jill Moring, and Howard Hayden in the second photo. The Crossley Telescope on Rattlesnake Ridge is visible in the background, if you are an astronomer with really good eyes.

August 11: A couple more pictures came in from Lick Observatory from a freelance photographer, Laurie Hatch. Please note these two superb photos of H and P with one of their calculators, and with Chris McCarthy, who Remington says, "is a member of the research group which has discovered about 2/3 of all planetary systems beyond our own Solar System (many discovered here at Lick)." are copyright the photographer. Please contact exhibits _at_ if you are interested in using these pictures for any purpose.

Laurie writes, "Astronomer and planet-hunter Chris McCarthy amuses Dave with the sophisticated technology of his trade. Meanwhile, Bill ponders the significance of the exciting new knowledge that other solar systems are common in the universe!

"Dave and Bill were thrilled to see that the astro-geeks still have a treasured HP-11C calculator readily available in the 3m control room. Some of the older astronomers still prefer RPN!"

If you don't know what RPN is, smile.

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