“He’s on the road at 7 a.m. for the drive from Los Altos, California … to the Silicon Valley Lab in San Jose.
He has his morning coffee. Runs the regularly scheduled meeting with his design team. And later shoots the breeze with the lunchtime crowd — always around the same table in the cafeteria — before heading back to his desk to write some computer code.
These routines are unremarkable in themselves, but they throw some light on the long, prominent career of Vern Watts, the IBM engineer and inventor who for 52 years has been striding into work with a store of optimism and commitment that comes from deep within in his soul.”