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Six New Members in Hall Of Fame

Six new members were inducted into the sixth annual Industry Hall of Fame at an award ceremony at Comdex this week. They included the inventor of the laser printer and the boss of Cisco.

Six New Members in Hall Of Fame

The CRN newsweekly for technology on Monday night announced the names of the six individuals inducted into the sixth annual Industry Hall of Fame at an award ceremony during the Comdex expo in Las Vegas.

This year, for the first time, The Industry Hall of Fame is co-hosted by CRN, Comdex, and the Computer History Museum. The awards ceremony honoured six individuals that have transformed the technology industry and recognized them for having shaped the course of technology with a lasting impact on society.

Established in 1997, the Industry Hall of Fame recognizes and honours individuals that have transformed the technology industry with new ideas, revolutionary concepts and ingenious technology. Industry Hall of Fame alumni include legendary leaders of highly recognized companies such as William Hewlett, Andy Grove, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Charles Geschke: industry renowned engineers and developers such as Philip Zimmermann, Steve Wozniak, Bill Joy, Ray Ozzie and Drew Major: outspoken visionaries such as Steve Ballmer, Larry Ellison, Chip Lacy and Philippe Kahn: and other industry catalysts, such as Douglas Engelbart, Mort Rosenthal, Tim Berners-Lee, Don Estridge, Vint Cerf and Bill Millard.

The Industry Hall of Fame inductees are selected by the CRN editorial staff. CRN identifies pioneers and innovators for outstanding merit and accomplishment through a stringent criteria analysis and single out those who have been pivotal figures in evolving the most dynamic industry in the business.

“Tracking the evolution of the computer industry, the technology, and the business leaders has been the core focus of CRN for more than 20 years. The Industry Hall of Fame allows us to pay tribute to the industry’s pioneers, visionaries, entrepreneurs and evangelists. Through their ideas, drive, and perseverance, these individuals have revolutionized the computer industry,”” said Lisa MacKenzie, publisher of CRN.

“”Technology is compelling because it has the power to transform business processes. The power of transformation comes from the people who harness innovation and put those developments to work. Tonight we honor six individuals who have collaborated to develop solutions that have transformed our industry,”” commented Michael Vizard, editor in chief of CRN.

The 2002 Industry Hall of Fame inductees, listed alphabetically are:

John T. Chambers, President and CEO, Cisco Systems

Focused on how businesses could gain a competitive advantage and improve productivity with Internet applications and converted his company from a direct sales company to a channel powerhouse.

Michael Krasny, Chairman, Emeritus CDW

Built a national small-business channel powerhouse by focusing on cutting-edge front/back-end systems, accurate shipping, and competitive prices.

Michael Ruettgers, Executive Chairman, EMC Corporation

A pioneer and visionary of the computer storage industry.

W.J. Sanders III, Co-Founder, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.

Positioned his company as one of the leading makers of semiconductors in the industry.

Izzy Schwab, CEO, D&H Distributing

Lead his privately held company through its transformation from a regional RCA consumer electronics company to a national PC peripherals and components distributor.

Gary K. Starkweather, Architect, Microsoft

A legend in computer-science, invented the first working laser printer in 1971 for Xerox PARC.

The Industry Hall of Fame is supported by the following industry sponsors: BenQ, Corel, EMC, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Lexmark, Oracle, Samsung, Sun iForce and ViewSonic.

To read more about the Industry Hall of Fame, visit

About the Computer History Museum

The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, a non-profit organization, preserves and presents the authentic artifacts and stories of the worldwide computing revolution and its impact on our lives. The Museum is home to the world’s largest collection of computing-related items – hardware, software, photos, films, videos, documents, and marketing materials- including one-of-a-kind and rare objects such as the Cray-1 supercomputer, the Apple I, the WWII ENIGMA, the PalmPilot prototype, and the 1969 Neiman Marcus (Honeywell) “”Kitchen Computer””.

Bringing computing history to life through lectures, seminars, tours, oral histories, and workshops, the Museum records these events for posterity, thereby capturing information technology innovators as they share their personal insights and stories about the invention that has permanently re-shaped our world. Significant parts of the collection are now on view in a Visible Storage Exhibit Area at Moffett Field, Mountain View, California. The Museum is relocating to a world-class facility in Mountain View: the first phase will open to the public in spring 2003. For more information, visit

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