April 22, 2005 12:19 PM PDT
Intel gives man $10,000 for old magazine
The chip giant, which had been searching high and low for a 1965 copy of Electronics Magazine that featured Intel co-founder Gordon Moore's thoughts on how silicon technology would evolve, has hit payola.
David Clark, an engineer in Surrey, England, had a copy of the coveted issue and has sold it to Intel, reaping the chip giant's
Intel posted a notice about its reward offer on eBay on April 11, on the eve of the
The issue contained an article by Moore that described how the number of components on integrated circuits was doubling every year. The article became the foundation for Moore's famed dictum, which has been a favorite maxim of the IT industry for decades. Electronics Magazine went out of business several years ago, though, and copies are scarce.
"I honestly didn't think we'd get a quick response (after posting the reward notice). We had looked for a copy before and couldn't find one," said Manny Vera, an Intel spokesman. "It was one of those publications that most people wouldn't keep around after reading it. It was a trade publication."
But then there's Clark, who apparently is a pack rat. He had stored old copies of the magazine underneath the floorboards of his home for decades.
"His wife gave him a hard time over the years for hoarding the magazines, but he kept telling her one day they'd be worth a lot of money," Vera said. And, apparently, one was.
Clark was one of a dozen people who responded to the reward posting saying they had an actual copy of the issue, Vera said. A number of other people offered to sell Intel photocopies of the magazine, or else contacted the chipmaker but then could not produce a picture of their "purported" actual copy, he added.
"Some of the actual copies were not in good shape," Vera said. "Pages were missing, or the cover was not in good shape."
Clark, however, had a well-preserved copy and quickly sent a photo and response off to eBay a day after Intel posted its reward notice. eBay, in turn, notified Intel via e-mail of people who were responding to its request.
Intel has already paid Clark his bounty, and a member of the chip giant's U.K. operations will pick up the magazine from him, Vera said. And from there, it will go into the Intel museum.
Perhaps the sale will put an end to any raiding of library shelves for the magazine. Shortly after Intel announced its reward, one library's copy went missing, and other librarians said they were irritated about the reward. The chipmaker had said that it would buy library copies only if they were being offered by the libraries themselves, but that warning apparently didn't stop some thieves.
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