Archive for May, 2012

I recently read an interesting article in the New Yorker magazine about the increasing domestic use of drones. Most of the articles I have read to date about drones have focused on their use on the battlefields of Afghanistan, and for finding and killing al-Qaeda operatives in Pakistan and Yemen. However, there is a fast-growing […]

The big news this past week was the Facebook IPO. As you surely know by now, most investment analysts had great expectations for the stock, but were somewhat disappointed when the shares sank well below the opening price of $38 a share in subsequent days. Now there are all sorts of Congressional investigations and lawsuits […]

On Thursday I had a very pleasant lunch with a good friend of mine, Martin Walt. Martin and I worked together in the 1950s as research scientists at Los Alamos. Martin ended up moving to the San Francisco Bay area when he accepted a position with Lockheed, and he reported to me then that he […]

Last Wednesday, Betty and I participated in a luncheon at the University of San Diego to mark a $7 million donation we made to help fund the construction of a new nursing research and simulation training center on campus. We have been involved with the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science for a number […]

I am pleased to let you know that the FED has released a trailer for their new film on employee ownership called We the Owners. The film, which is scheduled to be released in Summer 2012, looks at the stories of employees and founders from three companies, each of which is structured with distinct forms […]

Many of you know that the University of Michigan recently decided to give the Computer Science and Engineering building on campus a new name: the Bob and Betty Beyster Building. Two weeks ago, Betty and I flew out to Michigan to participate in the official dedication of the building, and to enjoy a variety of […]


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