Coffeehouse Thread

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The First Developer Days, anyoneremember it?

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    OldManCoyote

    I think it was back in '91 or '92, I forget.

    But anyway, one of the themes was "Finding Bill Gates." During the program, between demos and interviews, the group manager for Developer Division/UE would ride around in a small red sports car. I think it was an MG. He would ride around the Redmond campus and a few places around redmond and Bellevue I think. He was acting like a reporter, looking for the 'ellusive' Bill Gates and chatting about the campus. There was a video camera mounted in the passanger seat so we saw him in real time.

    This was all done live, even the roving group manager and beamed to over 50+ theatres around the US and other countries.

    He never did find him, BillG, during the show...

    (I think MS is too serious now; they should put it more 'fun' or 'silly' items in their presentations again.)

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    DaveBost

    I'm not sure it was that early, maybe it was.  But if it's the same DevDays I remember the topic was Windows 95.  And if I'm not mistaking, Robert Hess was the host and the set was made to look like a coffee shop.


    The person driving around looking for BillG was going to deliver him the golden "propeller beany", for being the ultimate geek (or something along those lines).

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