Monthly Archive: April 2012

HP Computer Letter 1

HP to Stanford: We Don’t Have Personal Knowledge of Computers

This letter showed up in my mailbox. It’s a letter to Dr.Fred E. Terman – Office of the Provost of Stanford University. It’s from William (Bill) R. Hewlett of Hewlett Packard Company. The document – dated June 13th, 1956 – stated the following: Dear Fred: I have no personal knowledge of computers nor does anyone in our organization have any appreciable knowledge Sorry we can’t help you out in this regard   Sincerely yours, William R. Hewlett When did HP Get into Computers? The reality was, HP didn’t get into computers until 1966. At that time, the HP 2116A ushered in...