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Organizational Announcements

	To: 	Symbolics 
	From: Jay Wurts
	Date:  March 27, 1989
	Subject: Organizational Announcements

	Today I am pleased to announce the promotion of five senior 
employees to the level of officer in recognition of their outstanding 
achievements and their continued leadership and contribution to 
Symbolics.  To qualify to be an officer, either a manager or an 
individual contributor must have the proven entrepreneurial ability 
to define, pursue, and succeed at major new development, 
management, or sales challenges.  These are challenges that are 
perceived as extremely difficult or are forays into uncharted 
territory.  Excellent personal skills to sell ideas, enlist or coordinate 
resources and exercise good business judgement are required.

 	First, I am happy to announce the promotion of Howie Shrobe 
to the position of Vice-President, Technology reporting to Don 
Sundue.  Howie will be responsible for stimulating and directing our 
efforts to develop the technology strategy for our future software 
and hardware products. In his new role, he will be responsible for 
making sure that, in strategy formulation and in day to day 
operations, we understand and utilize both current and new 
technology appropriately.

	As most of you know, Howie was an early Symbolics employee, 
joining the company during its start-up phase.  Prior to Symbolics, he 
performed pioneering research in VLSI CAD and artificial intelligence 
at the MIT AI Lab.  Since joining the Company,  he has provided 
major contributions to our technology development as both a 
manager and as an individual contributer:  he spearheaded the AI 
Products Group, which developed some of Symbolics' first application 
software products, and he was the chief architect of Joshua, our 
innovative hybrid  expert systems tool which has been well received 
by customers.  Howie is also a recognized spokesman for the 
company as chairperson of the AAAI conference committee and as a 
respected author, editor, professor and lecturer.  Howie's broad 
hardware and software vision combined with an extraordinary 
ability to simplify complex ideas and build a consensus on future 
direction will be key to success in his new role.  He will provide 
invaluable leadership as we investigate ways to extend our 
technology to new users and new markets.

	Second, I am also pleased to announce that Howard Cannon has 
been promoted to the level of Vice President.  Howard's pioneering 
ability to lead the way in new areas has played a major role in 
Symbolics' success over the past eight years.  Most recently, as acting 
Vice-President, Marketing, he successfully directed the market 
launch of both our MacIvory and XL400 products. This launch was 
particularly successful because it was accomplished without halting 
sales of our previous products before the new products could be 
shipped in volume. He was directly responsible for the development 
of CLOE, our first delivery product to run on conventional hardware 
platforms. Howard initiated our graphics division and grew the 
business to $4 million in two years.  Howard was the leader of the 
five man task force in Chatsworth that debugged and shipped the 
first 3600 machines.  He also designed the front-end processor for 
the 3600.  Before co-founding Symbolics, as a member of the 
research staff at the MIT AI Lab, he invented the Flavors object-
oriented programming system.   His broad technical vision, 
understanding of technical marketing issues as well as his extensive 
application and customer experience will be an invaluable resource 
to Symbolics as we focus our marketing plans on new opportunities.  

	I am also extremely pleased to announce the creation of a new 
officer-level positon for exceptional technical leaders in Symbolics, 
the Symbolics Fellow, and the promotion of Bruce Edwards, Mike 
McMahon and David Moon to this position.

	The Symbolics Fellow position has been created to recognize 
those individuals who are at the pinacle of technical excellence.  A 
Fellow's technical contributions must have resulted in proven major 
success for Symbolics.  The Fellow must also have earned universal 
respect and recognition from his/her peers as a "standard setter" for 
technical excellence.  In addition to specific accomplishments, a 
Fellow also fulfills key roles as a company innovator, mentor, 
entrepreneur and ambassador.  The new position provides 
outstanding technical contributors with a parallel career path to 
senior-level management.  A formal definition of the position and the 
eligibility process for future Fellows is being prepared as part of our 
company-wide review of level structures.

	Bruce Edwards was a Symbolics founder and was previously on 
the research staff of the MIT AI Lab.   At Symbolics, Bruce has been 
instrumental in the development of virtually every major hardware 
product.  He debugged the orginial LISP machine hardware, designed 
the machine's convolution processor and accompanying microcode.  
He  participated in the G machine development effort including 
designing its micro-architecture and performing the product's 
technical design review. 

	 Bruce has had a major role in the newest Ivory products as 
well.  He was responsible for the I machine architecture and all the 
Ivory micro-code.  He has had a major role in the development of the 
Ivory chip, including the design review, performing the timing 
analysis and providing direction on the chip fabrication and test 

	Mike McMahon performed pioneering research on user 
interface software at the MIT AI Lab.  At MIT, Mike developed the 
Zmail electronic mail system and was a principal developer of the 
ZMACS editor.  He co-authored the original LISP machine window 

	At Symbolics, Mike has been involved with all aspects of our 
"above the compiler" software.  His early work included major 
contributions to the port of Genera from the LM-2 to the 3600 
system.  He was the chief architect and initial implementer of the 
Generic Networking System and the Namespace System.  Mike was 
solely responsible for the design of Dynamic Windows.

	He has provided major contributions to our hypertext-based 
Writers Tools and he was the architect and the developer of our new 
graphics substrate.  He also conceived and implemented the 
embedded user interface which forms the basis of our newest add-in 
board product strategy.

	Mike is a constant source of new and "radically" innovative 
software which will help ensure Symbolics' software leadership and 
the success of our future products.

	David Moon was also a founder of Symbolics.  He was 
previously with the MIT AI Lab where he wrote much of the original 
LISP machine systems software and microcode.  He designed the disk 
control, I/O  and memory boards.  He also conceived and 
implemented the Chaosnet protocol and was the co-implementer of 
Maclisp on the Multics operating system.

	At Symbolics, Dave has continued to make extraordinary 
technical contributions in both software and hardware areas.  He was 
the basic architect of the 3600 system and personally designed 
several of the original boards.  He also made substantial 
contributions to the Ivory architecture and developed the Ivory 
software requirements analysis.   He designed the architecture for 
embedding Ivory systems in host computers and implemented most 
of the low-level portions of this architecture for MacIvory.

	Dave was the chief architect and sole implementer of the New 
Flavors object-oriented programming system.  He developed the first 
practical emphemeral garbage collection system.

	Dave has been a member of the X3J13 Common LISP 
Standardization Committee since its inception.  He has authored 
numerous articles on Genera and CLOS.  He has been involved in 
virtually every major project within Symbolics and constantly offers 
new insights and ideas for advancing our technology.	

	These individuals, while continuing their current 
responsibilities, are expected to have a broad influence on the 
policies and strategies of Symbolics and our future technical 
directions.  Please join me in recognition of these outstanding 
individuals and in wishing Howie, Howard, Bruce, Mike and Dave 
success in their new roles.