Foothill College led to book’s success
Reading Alexander Shebanow’s May 12 column, “I found my voice in community college,” reminded me how an intense five-day-a-week transistor course with lab at Foothill College in the early 1960s changed my life.
It was taught by Ben Lange, a physicist from Lockheed. Using material from that course, I put together a transistor course for Hewlett-Packard’s service department, which ran 7-9 a.m. three times a week for six weeks to teach repair guys how to fix transistorized products. Then Dave Packard asked me to make it into a two-day course for HP’s customers. I did, and it became so popular that there were five of us out full time teaching it across the U.S. and around the world. We did this for five years.