My coworker a top notch developer, and also a fellow blogger (Through the Interface) Kean Walmsley just figured out that the founder of Autodesk lives not too far from the Autodesk office in Switzerland. Kean lives in Switzerland. So he had a visit and interview with John Walker, which for anyone is a treat and experience of a lifetime.
I got to do the same last year in honor of the 25th Anniversary of Autodesk and AutoCAD and still need to release some of the discussions as I recorded it on video and it was planned to be shown at AU and on the web but plans fell through. John is a wealth of knowledge and a really nice person.
- Check out Kean’s detailed series of interviews with Autodesk founder John Walker. Part 1 is posted now and in true Kean style is very detailed and a great writer.
An interview with John Walker - Part 1
|John Walker and me in the same location of the ominous warning “Danger de mort”.|
I would love to hear how John’s recent solar ellipse trip to the North Pole went and also his take on the recent CERN experiments in Switzerland and some of the paranoid concerns out on the web that a black hole would be generated and destroy all of us. Note CERN ran a test the other day and all was fine and we are all still here and not stuck in a manmade black hole or time vortex. :-)
Update 15 September 2008: John Walker emailed me directly on the two questions I had posted in this post.
He had a great time on the voyage to the North Pole to see the solar eclipse and has a web page about it. http://www.fourmilab.ch/images/eclipse_2008/
John also survived the “doomsday device” as some incorrectly portrayed the CERN collider. John lives not too far from CERN and answered with humor as usual “Still here. Uh-oh--SHPLORK!!!”
"Kean, please email me photos so I can place them in the Autodesk History Flickr library. On a related Autodesk History note I received a box yesterday full of old 80’s Autodesk memorabilia including a ton of photo slides. I can’t wait to go through it perhaps this weekend.