The Power of Putting Pen to Paper

"Spoken words are the symbols of mental experience, and written words the symbol of spoken words. Just as all men have not the same speech sounds, so all men have not the same writing." -- Aristotle

Stop for a minute and think…  When was the last time that you put pen to paper to write someone a letter?  Written a heart-felt “thank you” or condolence card to a friend?  Purchased nice stationery to correspond with a family member across the miles?

In today’s day and age, we’re more likely to pull out our handy-dandy smartphone to send a quick text or log onto our laptop to type a quick email.

If ever there was a reason to eat a Doughnut …

Today celebrates National Doughnut Day!  As a matter of fact National Doughnut Day is celebrated on the first Friday of June each year.  But how did it start?

It turns out that doughnuts are a significant part of Salvation Army history.   Doughnut Day was created   in 1938 as a fundraiser by the Salvation Army to help those in need during the Depression and to honor the “Salvation Army Women” who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I.  It is still celebrated today!

National Doughnut Day has become a true American tradition.

Soak IT

Last but not least as we recognize African American technology innovators this month is Lonnie Johnson.  On a hot summer day, we owe Lonnie a big "thank you" for bringing us the Super Soaker.  Lonnie, an aerospace engineer who loved to tinker at home, was working on creating a heat pump that used water to cool down instead of Freon -- the result, the Super Soaker.

Getting into IT

As a young girl, I was fortunate to be encouraged by my father to pursue whatever interested me even if it wasn't a traditional field for a woman.  Not so for Valerie Thomas.  

Valerie Thomas was fascinated by technology as a young child but it wasn't until college that she was finally able to pursue her passion for physics.

Enjoy special effects in the movies?

African Scientific Institute

 

Then you should thank Marc Hannah - He's next up in our month-long recognition of African-Americans who have contributed to computer technology as part of Black History month.

Marc Hannah was one of the founders of Silicon Graphics Incorporated (SGI).  SGI is famous for its innovations in computer graphics and Marc Hannah is a special effects wizard.

Contributors our Tech World

It's Black History month and there are a number of African-America people who have made great contributions to our technology world.  This month, we thought we'd highlight a few notable persons in the computer technology space.

Maria J. Avila-López/Mercury News

 
First up, Gerald A. Lawson.