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SILICON VALLEY captures the culture, history and spirit of a remarkable innovation powerhouse.  Narrated by the legendary Leonard Nimoy, this program takes you through the early years of the founding of Stanford Univ.  Hewlett-Packard, Varian, Fairchild, Intel and Apple.  Company

founders and world-renowned inventors tell the story of risk, failure, vision and luck.  Filmed over a twenty year period, some of the familiar stars include Steve Jobs, Bill Hewlett, Steve Wozniak, Dave Packard, Jim Clark, Larry Ellison and

Gordon Moore.


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Silicon Valley










Stanford University


Mountain View










Sand Hill Road


Jerry Garcia


New Riders of

the Purple Sage


John Dawson


Robert Hunter




Ken Kesey


The Trips Festival


Menlo Park


Palo Alto


The Warlocks


The Grateful Dead


Bill Grham




The Well


Stewart Brand


Harry Barlo






Piero Scaruffi


Merry Pranksters


Rock Skully


Whole Earth





Guitars Unlimited








John McLaughlin is Founder and President of Santa Clara Valley Historical Association, he is the co-author, The Making of Silicon Valley: A 100 Year Renaissance, Techonology, Entrepreneurs and Silicon Valley and Silicon Valley: 110 Year Renaissance.  John was producer/ director of Silicon Valley: 100 Year Renaissance a PBS documentary, narrated by Walter Cronkite, and producer of the new Silicon Valley narrated by Leonard Nimoy.  He is also the author of G.R.A.I.L.  "John McLaughlin's book takes it in a direction that goes beyond what Dan Brown laid out in DA VINCI CODE--from the distant past into a possible future," was one of the reviews of the book.  He is founder of Scotsport International (an export management co.), publisher of Sportlite Magazine, founder and publisher of Lane County Living Magazine, founder of Cups Coffee Cafe.  John received his B.S. in political science from U. of Oregon and MBA from U.S. International University and lives between Silicon Valley and Tucson, Arizona.



It's said that Silicon Valley's real strength, lies in

its social network.  "They have everything.  The founders, the investors, the connections to bankers, and big companies that can buy the little ones' and across all different types of tech.  That powerful network has been building up since the 1960's... I see it getting stronger and stronger

and stronger.  I even see my own peers moving

 to the Valley."

Brandon White, founder of TidalFish & Zuess






Fred Turner

Fred Turner is a professor at Stanford University and Dir., Undergraduate Studies and Program  in Science, Technology and Society, Assoc. Professor of Communication, Assoc. Professor Depart. of Art and History with his teaching focus on digital media, journalism and the roles played by media in American cultural history.  Turner is author of  two books, From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network and the Rise of Digital Utopianism (2006) and Echoes of Combat: The Vietnam War in American Memory.  His essays have tackled topics ranging from the rise of reality crime television to the role of the Burning Man festival in contemporary new media industries.  His research and writing have received a number of awards, including a PSP Award for Excellence, for the best book in Communication and Cultural Studies, Association of Am.

Publishers; the Lews Mumford Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of

Technics, the James Carey Media Research Award and many others found on link to his bio page.  He also taught Communications at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and MIT, and worked as a journalist for ten years.



"Silicon Valley is the only place that is not

trying to be Silicon Valley."  Robert Metcalfe

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"Silicon Valley is more of a state of mine than a physical location. It has no large monuments, magnificent buildings

or ancient heritage.  There are no tours of companies or venture capital firms.  From Santa Clara to South San Francisco it's 45 miles of a bedroom community after another.  Yet what's been occurring for the last 50 years within this tight cluster of suburban towns is nothing short

of an "entrepreneurial explosion" on par with classic

Athens, renaissance Florence of 1920's Paris."  Steve Blank


In his book What the Doormouse Said:  How the Sixties Counter-culture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry,  John Markoff quotes science fiction writer William Gibson saying, "The future's already arrived; it's just not evenly distributed yet."


Silicon Valley Renaissance


Mindset, Failure and Silicon Valley Founders:

an interview with Carol S. Dweck


Interview with Michel L.

Hackworth, Co-founder of Cirrus Logic


Economist Enrico Moretti from UC Berkeley said in reference to Silicon Valley, "The social

multiplier effect - how a phenomeno in a particular area is amplified by the itneractions of

people within a network - is a crucial competitive advantage that innovation clusters have

over other localities...An innovative firm in the Valley grows not just on the expertise of its

own workers, but it grows on the entire ecosystem that surrounds it."

Thompson in his book From Counterculture to Cyberculture connects the dots in Silicon Valley

with Stewart Brand and his Whole Earth Catalog, The Well, Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead,

Dead songwriter John Perry Barlow, Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters to Hewlett-Packard,

Stanford University, Apple, and the rise of the Digital Age in Silicon Valley in a masterful book.




Three Hours of

Silicon Stories of

Music in the Valley



Jerry Garcia Band Documentary







1909: Charles Herrold in San Jose starts the first radio station in the USA with regularly scheduled programming

1939: Fred Terman's students William Hewlett and David Packard start a company to produce their

1939: Walt Disney becomes the first customer of Hewlett-Packard, purchasing their oscillator for the animation film "Fantasia" 

1956: Charles Ginsburg of Ampex Corporation builds the first practical videotape recorder 

1957: Dean Watkins of Stanford's ERL founds Watkins-Johnson, one of the first venture-capital

funded companies in the Santa Clara Valley 

1958: NASA opens a research center near Mountain View.

1961: Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter's first paying gig as a folk duo in the South Bay was in Menlo

Park at Peninsula School.

1961-63: Jerry Garcia, Daivid Nelson,Bob Hunter and others lived in a rambling house near the

Southern end of Santa Cruz Avenue called "The Chateau" in Menlo Park.

1962-65: Tom Wolfe immortalized Ken Kesey's house on Petty Lane in his book The Electric Kool

Aid Acid Test

1962: Michael Murphy founds the "Esalen Institute" at Big Sur to promote spiritual healing 
1963: Douglas Engelbart at the Stanford Research Institute builds the first prototype of the "mouse" 
and that year John McCarthy moves to Stanford 

1964: MkUltra's alumnus Ken Kesey organizes the "Merry Pranksters" who travel around the country

in a "Magic Bus", live in a commune in La Honda and experiment with "acid tests" (LSD) 

1965: Owsley "Bear" Stanley synthesizes crystalline LSD and George Hunter of the Charlatans

introduces the "light show" in rock concerts.

1966: Steward Brand organizes the "Trips Festival" putting together Ken Kesey's "Acid Test",

Jacopetti's Open Theater, Sender's Tape Music Center and bands including the Grateful Dead and

Hewlett-Packard enters the business of general-purpose computers with the HP-2115

1967 The first "Summer of Love" of the hippies is held in San Francisco, and a three-day "Acid

Test" is held in San Francisco with the Grateful Dead performing later a  "Human Be-In" is held at the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco and Monterey hosts a rock festival 
1968: Stewart Brand publishes the first "Whole Earth Catalog" 

1969: Construction begins at 3000 Sand Hill Road, in Menlo Park, soon to become the headquarters

of the venture-capital community and the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) demonstrates Shakey

the Robot 

1970: Five of the seven largest USA semiconductor manufacturers are located in Santa Clara Valley, 
Xerox opens the Palo Alto Research Center or PARC, and Stanford's Ed Feigenbaum launches the

Heuristic Programming Project for research in Artificial Intelligence 

1972: Magnavox introduces the first videogame console, the "Odyssey" and Nolan Bushnell invents

the first videogame, "Pong", an evolution of Magnavox's Odyssey, and founds Atari, Venture-capitalist company Kleiner-Perkins, founded by Austrian-born Eugene Kleiner of Fairchild Semiconductor and

former Hewlett-Packard executive Tom Perkins, opens offices in Menlo Park on Sand Hill Rd, followed

by Don Valentine of Fairchild Semiconductor who founds Capital Management Services, later renamed Sequoia Capital, and Electronics writer Don Hoeffler coins the term "Silicon Valley" 

1973: Stanley Cohen of Stanford University and Herbert Boyer of UC San Francisco create the first recombinant DNA organism, virtually inventing "biotechnology" 


It began a few years back when the Valley began to lose its mojo. First of all, letís get one thing clear, there is no Silicon Valley. Itís a construct invented by creative writers. It was also shown in a James Bond movie as an actual place.

It essentially consists of a large geographical area beginning south of Redwood City and scattering about various industrial parks on both sides of the San Francisco Bay all the way down to Scotts Valley.

Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Menlo Park, Palo Alto, San Jose, Milpitas, Fremont, Santa Clara are all cities that are more or less in Silicon Valley.





VALLEY RESEARCH   good timeline  good


Eadweard James Muybridge (play /ˌɛdwərd ˈmbrɪ/; 9 April 1830 Ė 8 May 1904) was an English photographer important for his pioneering work in photographic studies ofmotion and in motion-picture projection. He adopted the name Eadweard Muybridge, believing it to be the original Anglo-Saxon form of his name. He immigrated to the United States as a young man but remained obscure until 1868, when his large photographs of Yosemite Valley, California, made him world famous. Muybridge is known for his pioneering work on animal locomotion in 1877 and 1878, which used multiple cameras to capture motion in stop-action photographs, and his zoopraxiscope, a device for projectingmotion pictures that pre-dated the flexible perforated film strip used in cinematography.[1]

In his earlier years in San Francisco, Muybridge had become known for his landscape photography, particularly of the Yosemite Valley.

Muggeridge emigrated to the United States at the age of 25, arriving in San Francisco in 1855, a few years after California became a state, and while the city was still the "capital of the Gold Rush."[8] He started a career as a publisher's agent for the London Printing and Publishing Company, and as a bookseller. At the time, the city was booming, with 40 bookstores, nearly 60 hotels and a dozen photography studios

In 1872, the former governor of California Leland Stanford, a businessman and race-horseowner, hired Muybridge for some photographic studies. He had taken a position on a popularly debated question of the day ó whether all four feet of a horse were off the ground at the same time while trotting. The same question had arisen about the actions of horses during a gallop. The human eye could not break down the action at the quick gaits of the trot and gallop. Up until this time, most artists painted horses at a trot with one foot always on the ground; and at a full gallop with the front legs extended forward and the hind legs extended to the rear, and all feet off the ground.[27] Stanford sided with the assertion of "unsupported transit" in the trot and gallop, and decided to have it proven scientifically. Stanford sought out Muybridge and hired him to settle the question.

In 1872, Muybridge settled Stanford's question with a single photographic negative showing his Standardbred trotting horse Occident airborne at the trot. This negative was lost, but the image survives through woodcuts made at the time (the technology for printed reproductions of photographs was still being developed). He later did additional studies, as well as improving his camera for quicker shutter speed and faster film emulsions. By 1878, spurred on by Stanford to expand the experiments, Muybridge had successfully photographed a horse at a trot;[29] lantern slides have survived of this later work. Scientific American was among the publications at the time that carried reports of Muybridge's groundbreaking images.


Stanford also wanted a study of the horse at a gallop. Muybridge planned to take a series of photos on 15 June 1878 at Stanford's Palo Alto Stock Farm. He placed numerous large glass-plate cameras in a line along the edge of the track; the shutter of each was triggered by a thread as the horse passed. The path was lined with cloth sheets to reflect as much light as possible. (In later studies he used a clockwork device to set off the shutters and capture the images.)[31] He copied the images in the form of silhouettes onto a disc to be viewed in a machine he had invented, which he called a zoopraxiscope. This device was later regarded as an early movie projector, and the process as an intermediate stage toward motion pictures or cinematography.

The study is called Sallie Gardner at a Gallop or The Horse in Motion; it shows images of the horse with all feet off the ground. This did not take place when the horse's legs were extended to the front and back, as imagined by contemporary illustrators, but when its legs were collected beneath its body as it switched from "pulling" with the front legs to "pushing" with the back legs.[28]


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