Saturday, September 01, 2007

In Memoriam...

In the past week two pioneers passed away.

The first was Paul MacCready who won the Kremer prize for first human powered flight, and for the first across the English Channel. The Gossamer Condor, a sheen pedal powered plan made the critical figure eight loop course to win the prize. Later interested in electrical cars, he demonstrated the increased efficiency possible today. He showed what was possible and is role model that we can go further on our own than we ever imagined.

The second pioneer to pass away was Alfred Peet, founder of Peet's coffee. Every gourmet coffee shop including Starbucks can trace it's lineage back to Peet who introduced America to flavor in coffee. Starbucks Howard Schulz originally worked for Peet. In an age of consumerism Peet's coffee encouraged reuse, giving a discount if you reused your Peet's Bean Bag, or brought your own cup in. I wrote about a bag that endured in the past. Not everything in our life is about stuff, but about experiences.

Thank you to both for showing what's good in life.


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