I’m in contact with a childhood buddy named Brett Clark whom was once a service tech at TI in Lubbock during the 99/4 days.
He worked there for a few years up to and including the demise of the entire Lubbock Consumer Products division. They relocated him to Sherman TX.
What I find interesting is he occasionally lets out these little nuggets of information... such as,
“It happened very fast. We had 3 production lines operating 3 shifts, 5 days a week. I remember the first layoff. They stopped the production line. Read a bunch of peoples names, asked them to take their personal belongings and follow them. I worked 2nd shift, they always seem to start the layoffs on 2nd shift.”
“Yes, I knew about the 99/8. One day my boss took me to “Module A” to show me the 99/8 line. I saw prototypes just before it was shut down.”
“I saw the prototype production line of the 99/8 when they shut it down.”
I’m thinking about interviewing him on the entire TI experience:
Ex: Why’d they hire a guy from Detroit to work in Lubbock? What was life like at work during that era? When did you see the writing on the wall? Did you know the programmers of the software modules? Etc...
Please help me come up with some good questions if you’re interested.
Besides Orphan Chronicles I haven’t discovered much about our beloved system’s people-behind-the-scenes history relative to information available on other systems of the era.