To the Editor:
My father had offered his frequent flyer miles for first-class seating arrangements after I’d graduated from military communications schooling. This permitted my honorable meeting time with one of the wealthiest men in America – venture capitalist Tom J. Perkins flying into San Francisco. He revealed his personal information after, and I kindly introduced myself with my French last name, my father’s generosity of the ticket, and sharing that I’d been born a Californian. During our flight, he had highly esteemed his mentor, Georges Doriot (a Harvard professor), who influenced Tom to generate a great market for Tandem Computers and the development of Genentech.
Similarly, I appreciated meeting Mike Markkula, who’s the original business plan writer and Angel investor for Apple Computer Inc. We’d met in Los Gatos, California, in 1996, when he drove up to me on his golf cart. I’d been reviewing his blueprint plans on his property, as I worked at Top Grade Construction, when he introduced himself. We talked about new innovations happening within Apple, Steve Wozinak and Steve Jobs. These men were proven to be encouraging, reverential and seemingly interested in my future.
Tom has recently died, and I wanted to honor him and thank God and my church, California, Illinois and my parents for all my experiences. Teachers’ examples, which made me respectful, uninhibited because of ethical childminding at Turnberry Country Club, my work at PADS, and Hurricane Katrina relief, which prepared me for respectable marketing strategies for construction firms and gave me talent to communicate with all kinds of people, poor or rich.
Lake in the Hills