Archive for July, 2008

Last week was a good one for me. On Tuesday my daughter Mary Ann and I met with Sedra Shapiro from the San Diego Foundation and Mary Maxon from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. The Moore Foundation has funded many studies conducted by Craig Venter including considerable sponsorship of his oceanographic sampling tours. I […]

The Future of Energy

Last Monday night I attended a seminar about the economics underlying various forms of energy given by Steve Koonin, chief scientist at British Petroleum. BP has invested a sizable amount of money in renewable energy as a hedge against the eventual disappearance of their fossil fuel reserves. Steve spoke quite objectively on the alternatives. Wind […]

On Wednesday Robert Craig and I drove north to see two of my oldest friends and business associates. The first person was Don Hicks in Newport Beach. Don has been a close friend for 30 years and he was on the SAIC board of directors. He is a very sound businessman and technical expert. His […]

Nothing very exciting occurred last week; I was, however, quite busy. On Monday I met with Dean Sullivan to talk about the Rady School’s activities in employee ownership, and to get his ideas on the role that the Beyster Institute can play. I made it clear to the Dean that I want my support to […]

Last week was an another eventful week for yours truly. The first event that occurred was the annual meeting of the San Diego Economic Development Commission, which took place at the Hyatt Aventine in La Jolla. The program featured speeches by the mayor and other featured dignitaries, including city council and county commissioners. The parting […]


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