Closing Appreciation

In closing, many thanks to all who posted these warm, wonderful, heartfelt, fun birthday tributes!

In the spirit of Doug’s vision for technology offering multiple views of the same information, you can browse a table of contents view of these posts, categorized into family, peers, etc., at the Celebrating Doug’s 85th Birthday page on the Doug Engelbart Institute website.

Posts were accepted on or before Feb 1, 2010.

Special thanks to our friends at the New Media Consortium for making all this possible!


From Switzerland!

Dear Doug,

From snowy & cold Switzerland, let me wish you a very Happy 85th Birthday!

Doug let me also take this opportunity to deeply Thank You for all what have brought to Logitech!

Indeed that little mouse of yours has been and still is the basis for our enduring Vision of the "Interface between People & Technology", first around the PC and now expanding into the Digital Home!

While working from Logitech’s Fremont, you had the little sketch below posted on the door of your office!

An interesting way to look at things :-), reminding us also the Humility with which you have always approached Research, while making such a unique contribution to our world!

Warmest Regards,
bobo, Logitech’s co-founder


Happy Birthday from the Netherlands!!!


Dear Doug, 

Wishing you a heart-felt happy 85th birthday.
It meant much for me to be able to meet with you last November. 

For the last 25 years I've been wondering why the revolution was taking so long to get going. I remember Alan Kay saying in conversation with you that it's common for real paradigm shifts to take 100-150 years. This would leave us in the dark ages for another 50-100 years… 

We have a lot of technology we don't need, and we don't have a lot of technology we badly do need. I think it's the human mind that needs developing, in a constant cycle, co-evolving with everything we make, in mutual engagement. This is what augmenting the human intellect is all about. 

I hope you had a fantastic day, and wish you many happy returns!

Kind regards,

Jan Freijser

Your birthday is a present to all of us!

Dear Doug,

When you came into this world 85 years ago, did your parents have any inkling that their son Doug would change this world forever, as well as the lives of the countless men and women who have been inspired by your brilliance, your heroic persistence, and your dreams of how the world could be? I think there must have been something very special in your eyes from the moment you opened them on the world around you. How proud your parents would be to see the son they raised! And how proud we all are to know you and celebrate your life with you this day. Your birthday is a special day for all of us.

You have changed my life, Doug. Every time I hear you speak or read your words, you touch my heart and give me hope and courage. My blog post today is a gift for you: I still can't put into words how much your life and work continue to mean to me, but I won't stop trying.

Happy, happy birthday, Doug, and many happy returns of the day!

Ever your student,
Gardner Campbell
Baylor University