Popular Electronics, January 1975

Popular Electronics, January 1975

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United States: Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh
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Forrest M. Mims, III
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Ed Roberts, Stan Cagle, Bob Zaller and I co-founded MITS, Inc. in October 1969 to make a model rocket light flasher based on the one I described how to build in the Sep 1969 Model Rocketry magazine. We established a Popular Electronics-MITS connection with the Nov 1970 cover story on LEDs and the MITS Opticom light wave communicator Ed and I designed. This January 1975 issue of Popular Electronics jump started the personal computer era. Before it was published, Ed (the Altair designer) called and asked me to stop by MITS to see his latest product. When Ed asked me how many they would sell, I said maybe a few hundred. Was I ever wrong! MITS sold some 5,000 Altairs and inspired Paul Allen and Bill Gates to develop Altair BASIC and move to MITS, where they soon co-founded Microsoft.

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