Aliens in the Apple


Ben 6 Mar 2013 Culture Thought-provoking

I wasn’t, but Chuck Geschke was.

Let me back up a bit: for Christmas, Franci gave me a true geek book called Masterminds of Programming, which I reviewed in detail here. One of the interviews was with the creators of PostScript, a computer language used to control printers. PostScript was designed in 1984 and is still in widespread use today, especially because it shares a lot of concepts with the popular PDF file format.

Chuck Geschke and his wife

I’d known about PostScript for a while, but what I didn’t know was that its creators went on to found and direct Adobe. So I was reading the Wikipedia entry for one of the founders, Charles Geschke, and was intrigued by the heading “1992 Kidnapping”.

Sure enough, when he was 52 he was kidnapped in broad daylight by two guys after “their share” of his wealth. The fascinating kidnapping story is recounted in a four-part tale in the Los Altos Town Crier.

Franci and I both enjoyed it — it’s quite a story! The story gets you into the intensity of the situation, and how his faith and family (particularly his “negotiator” daughter) helped him escape a very sticky situation. Links to the article below:

Comments (1)

Lois Hoyt 7 Apr 2013 at 6:08am

I read all the story about the kidnapping - as well as a little of your review - when I was catching up on things like your blog a couple of weeks ago. It is quite thought-provoking to reflect on the long-term emotional and psychological effects on every day life of an experience like the kidnapping. A parallel is what people must experience who are survivors of mass genocides or violent killings of family members. Almost incomprehensible.