Photo Courtesy of the Hewlett Packard Company
developer and our Curator of this
website, Marc Mislanghe, passed away on July 23, 2014. He had been
undergoing some medical procedures, when all of his friends, and the
Internet audience of this website, were stunned to hear that he had
died. His enthusiasm and energy and vision for a measurements museum,
both real and virtual (this website) are gone forever.
Marc's charming life story is told in
these pages, his joy was being hired by Hewlett-Packard Co. as a
Support engineer and Sales engineer for a productive career. In his
retirement, Marc became enamored with the idea of a measurements
museum. He was accumulating a collection of vintage HP instruments and
computers, in his home basement in France. As a preamble to a real
museum, he decided to create a virtual one, using this website.
As his website expanded with
instrument-related content, inventories, HP instrument introductions,
described by decade, large archives of HP publications, application
notes and measurement processes, he happened upon several HP author
memoirs. This led to a new website section which began a long look at
the human side of Hewlett-Packard, the HP Way, and the work culture of
the preeminent high tech company of the 20th century. By the time of
his shockingly-unexpected death, he had compiled 20 HP memoirs, which
reveal the memories of a variety of HP authors, from division managers
to the telephone operator who knew Hewlett and Packard personally.
In these pages, you will see his vision for his future measurements museum, sketches, a promotional pamphlet, ideas for structuring some of the key instrument and computer breakthroughs of those decades. His personality shows through in all of those pages, little animations, large numbers of people and product pictures. In most cases, Marc would rehabilitate an old vintage instrument, clean it up, and THEN take the picture to use in his web content. He had an almost innate sense of where to look in HP publication archives to find a picture of some company event or personality profile. His greatest dream was to create a Hewlett Packard museum of instrumentation and measurement hosted by the newly created Keysight Technologies company -->
Alas, where will we find another history visionary like Marc? Marc leaves two sons; Franck and Walter. He had one granddaughter, Marie, 10.
Marc's heirs have given their
permission to maintain the website, until a suitable and permanent
custodian is found. Our intention is to freeze the contents of the
website as it was at Marc's death. We feel that his personality and
spirit lives on in the breadth of this HP history that he captured. We
wish to preserve all that in memory of Marc. It is a superb legacy.
For reasons involving Web-Hosting
services, plus some previous confusion caused by Internet searchers
looking to buy HP computer memory products, we have chosen to move all
his contents from his original hpmemory.org site to a new website with
the title that Marc actually used on
his home page: HP Memory Project.
You can imagine that Marc had an even-larger vision for his work going forward. Of course, those hopes and plans won't happen. And yet, there is still more HP people history remaining to be written: Memoirs, personality profiles of exceptional employees, other HP writings. To that end, we, temporary custodians, with the permission of Marc's family, are creating a New Section, which will become an addendum to the Home site. We plan to keep it separate, but connected, so that there will be a dividing line at Marc's passing day.
New Additions to the HPMemoryProject after the Curator's Death
|Jerry Collins Memoir||/Timeline/HP Memories||Aerospace custom instrumentation|
|Bob Grimm Memoir||/Timeline/HP Memories||HP Systems + dedicated community volunteer|
|Al Steiner Memoir||/Timeline/HP Memories||The story of Delcon Division|
|Podelnyk & Clinton Memoir||/Timeline/HP Memories||How we invented the Color Laserjet|
|HP Origins Video History||/Timeline/The Founders||Memories of Dave and Bill and HP manager personalities|
|Dave Cochran recruiting notes||/Timeline/HP Memories||Cochran reviews college recruiting processes|
Click the Tributes to Marc Mislanghe link to read heartfelt letters, in tribute to Marc's life and times. This section is open to any and all who have enjoyed his work and legacy, and wish to remember their encounters with Marc.
This site is the virtual showcase of a private collection of equipment and documents acquired over a lifetime career of work in the high-tech era of the 20th Century. The overall HP Memory Project is a work of gratitude from one of the many people who had the good fortune to spend a full professional life working for one of the world's most successful High-Tech Companies, the Hewlett-Packard Co. HP was one of the very few Companies in which the frame of mind of the founders, David Packard and William Hewlett, grew from their cooperative philosophy of life into a model of a wonderful way of management...The HP Way.
In 2011, we added an archive of
personal stories of a number of HP employees, which has turned out to
be a very popular attraction for our collection. Go to the Timeline
access these Memoirs
and Personalities of
the HP of the last half of
the 20th Century. For questions about the origin of the project, please
see the Presentation
chapter. For more What & Why answers take a look at the About
Chapters. For a quick overview of this site content, try the Interactive
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