Over Lake ChamplainIntroduction
Occasionally life presents the opportunity to do something very special. For me that opportunity came in the summer of 1991.

I had spent 25 years designing high-performance computer systems: mainframes for General Electric in the sixties; minicomputers for Data General in the seventies; and supercomputers for Alliant Computer Systems, a company I had cofounded and for which I served as Chief Executive, in the eighties. By early 1991, I was ready for a change.
Our story begins four months later just off the southwestern coast of Newfoundland...

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