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Early fans of those computers included Paul Allen and Bill Gates, the former donating a bunch of the history to the New Mexico Museum of Nat’l History. There is a picture there of Forrest’s wife typing up the manual after Forrest wrote it.
The reason the Altair got so much attention was because it was featured on the cover of Popular Electronics Magazine. This magazine had circulation of 400-600K people. It was edited by Les Solomon. Bill Yates wrote the article (note the ‘Y’, not a ‘G’).
Forrest saw LEDs in Electronics magazine and contacted Dr Ed Bonnin at Texas Instruments. They cost $365 per LED!
All of Forrests’ kids were into science. Based upon his daughter’s experience with the robotics club and associated competitions, he is proposing a new type of robotics competition, based on the idea of a Mars Rover type of simulation.
You can find Forrest online on Twitter at @fmims, on Facebook under Forrest Mims III and on his website about his science research, ForrestMims.org. Many thanks to this living legend for being on The Amp Hour!