Two pieces of news today stuck out.
First, Paul Allen founder of Microsoft died at the age of 65, which is also my age. I did not know the man or follow his career in any detail, but he seemed to be a much kinder person than Bill Gates. Allen did not seem to be building monuments to himself the way Gates does. Reports say he died of complications from lymphoma, a disease which forced him to leave Microsoft in Gates' tender touches. I guess one could say that although he died a relatively young 65, in a way, he got 40 years more than might have been expected by beating lymphoma as a young man.
Second, Sears has declared bankruptcy and is going into Chapter 11. This is something which touches me more personally on a sentimental basis. I worked for Sears as a part-time employee from 1970 until 1974 or 1975. Going through papers recently, I found one of my old pay slips.
When I worked for Sears, it was by far, the largest store in the world. A person could buy just about everything one needed by visiting one of the many Sears stores. And the company sold good quality merchandise. Sears also paid good wages to its employees. One of our neighbors worked for Sears doing something with computers. He later moved to their Chicago headquarters. A close friend of my brother's was the son of the head of the Southwest territory for Sears, which was a big job. Interestingly, the man knew that he had gone as far as he could in the company as, in those days, if an upper manager had a heart attack, he was not likely to be promoted further. Can you imagine that happening today?
I cannot recall why I resigned from the company, but ironically, the week that I did resign I won the Sears SOS award for excellence in sales. I was not at the Saturday morning meeting to receive it, but a friend was there and he took it from the store manager and gave it to me. My mother saved that little gold pin and I believe I have it somewhere in the boxes which I took from her just before she died.
The only thing which is constant is change.