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March 31, 2005

Something Else That Happened in 1994

I was thinking about disliking Microsoft and my argument that early 1994 was when public opinion turned against Microsoft, and it occurred to me that something else happened in early 1994 -- New Year's Day, to be precise. Bill Gates got married.

It's not him getting married, particularly. It's the fact that he got married on Lanai and that he booked every hotel room on the island and chartered every helicopter in the state to keep people away. I think this was probably the first time Bill Gates entered the realm of the tabloids, and became noticed by the public as anything other than a smart, rich guy. Now he was a smart, rich guy who put himself apart from the common man. Realize that I completely understand why he wanted his privacy, and I don't personally fault him for it. But that was the first time Bill Gates did anything negative that the general public was aware of, and of course animosity towards Microsoft and animosity towards Bill Gates are commingled in a lot of people's minds.

Posted by AdamBa at March 31, 2005 11:25 PM

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