In the meantime, speaking of Bob Widlar, here's something completely different. This weekend, when I was looking for the letter that Jim sent to me about my 453 aviation adventure (Scope Sunday 3), I found these pictures that Jim sent to me of Bob Widlar and his sheep.
Bob Pease tells the sheep story here [dead link].
Unfortunately, the above link to National's web site is now dead (thank you, Texas Instruments, that's great!), but here's the text that Pease wrote:
First of all, Widlar did not bring in a goat to chew down the unmowed lawns at National (when the money for gardeners was cut back). That would be absurd. Widlar would not do that. What he brought in was a sheep. I can prove it, because Fran Hoffart showed me a picture of the sheep.Originally published in Electronic Design, July 25, 1991.
Widlar brought the sheep in the back seat of his Mercedes-Benz convertible. That would be nice to document with a photo, but Fran didn't get a photo of the sheep's arrival. However, Bob Dobkin told me that he drove up with Widlar and the sheep, after Widlar bought the sheep in Morgan Hill for $60. Dobkin said that after the sheep was tied up to a tree in front of National's headquarters, the news photographers only took 20 minutes to show up. At the end of the day, Widlar went over to a bar (Marchetti's) and took the sheep with him. He left the sheep with the bartender.