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  • unclefulbert unclefulbert Feb 1, 2013 10:15 AM Flag

    A gem from HP alum group from 3-4-1993 Measure

    It began with a heifer (no bull)

    It all began in the early days when HP people gave the co-founders the Christmas gift of a heifer for their ranch. The little company in Palo Alto, California, had fewer than 150 employees at the time.

    "One year they gave us a sleeping bag, and the next year a manure spreader filled with crumpled-up ads." recalls Bill Hewlett.

    "But when they gave us the heifer, we felt it would be a more appropriate use of their time, energy and funds to start a scholarship program." Bill and Dave Packard set up "The Hewlett Packard Employee's Scholarship Fund" in December 1951, and the first award was made the following spring.

    ...

    He adds with a smile, "Sometimes you do something that turns out to be really good!"

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