An American Epic: Gordon Moore and the Legacy of Fairchild

In 1939, Sheriff Walter Moore was the only law enforcement west of the mountains on the coast of San Mateo County.  Promoted that year, he moved with his wife, Mira, and three young sons from the small village of Pescadero to the county seat in Redwood City.  “The area was a bunch of small rural … [Read more...]

In the American Mold: The Founders of Fairchild and the Pioneer Ethos

In his first-hand account of the voyage of the Mayflower, William Bradford, governor of Plymouth Colony, noted that those set on going to America minimized the threat of savages, disease, famine, and the journey itself, believing that “all great and honourable actions are accompanied with great … [Read more...]

The Real Revolution

This appeared in Gentry and Gentry South Bay, February 2008.  The recent celebration of Fairchild’s 50th anniversary commemorated not just the founding of a company but an epochal turning point in human evolution. 1957 was in many ways the first year of our time.  The launch of Sputnik put … [Read more...]