Oct 31, 2021
Interview with Albert Cory, author of “Inventing the Future” about the Xerox Star
Welcome to Floppy Days episode 108 for October, 2021. I am Randy Kindig, your host.
This month is a special episode based on an interview I was able to get with Albert Cory, author of the recently published book, “Inventing the Future”. This book is a semi-fictional account of what it was like to work at Xerox in the late 70’s and early 80’s, while the company was working on the concept of the “Office of the Future” and the amazing computer known as the Xerox Star.
For me, this interview and book finally pushed me into researching this incredible part of computer history; of which I had a cursory knowledge, but had never gone into any detailed research. The Xerox Star was ahead of its time and the technology that went into this computer set the stage for our modern computers in many ways.
While Xerox didn’t truly take advantage of all this amazing technology, as the Star was considered a commercial failure, many other companies took the mantle from Xerox and successfully utilized much of its technology.
Albert sits down with me and talks about what it was like to work at Xerox in those days, what prompted him to write the book, and many other topics.
I think you’ll find it interesting. I know I did!
Before getting into the interview, I do want to talk about some vintage computer shows I was recently able to attend and, of course, some vintage hardware or modern upgrades I was able to acquire.
Finally, while I usually eschew talking about monetary support for this podcast, I do want to mention that I have a way for you to help if you have the inclination. I have a page set up at https://www.patreon.com/FloppyDays where you can donate. Any funds will be used to defray the cost of managing the podcast as well as acquiring new hardware to talk about. Thank you so much everyone who has contributed and continues to contribute!