determined that we were not
going to be the one to let the other team members down!
In addition, it would be a
serious oversight not to recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by
our wives and family. Without their love, commitment and strong support,
none of what was accomplished would have been achieved.
We were also very fortunate to
have been formed and allowed to work in an organizational atmosphere
created by Pat Haggerty and Mark Shepherd. That overall environment was
the catalyst that permitted each of us to make our maximum contribution to
the project. We each had a great deal of freedom and strong management
encouragement to experiment and explore new ideas. The atmosphere was
truly exciting and challenging.
I believe the combination of
our being the first generation after the depression with the values given
to us by our parents, and the aggressive gambling spirit of Texas
Instruments represents a truly unique combination of events and time. I
truly doubt that such an atmosphere and team can be created today in
consideration of the mobility of professional people and what I perceive to
be a more cautious evolutionary form of management in established American