Milestone-Proposal talk:Development of the Laser Printer
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On Aug 31, 2020, at 6:23 PM, John Shoch <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
My name is John Shoch. I joined the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) in 1971; it was in my first year there that I saw an early demonstration of the Xerox laser printing engine, the Scanning Laser Output Terminal (SLOT). Over the years that SLOT was combined with the Ethernet local network, the Alto computer, and the Research Character Generator (RCG) [and lots of software] to produce EARS -- the first laser print server. For several years this laser print server produced millions of prints as the only networked print server for Xerox PARC.
I ended my career at Xerox as President of the Office Systems Division; one of our products was an early commercial laser printer server.
My later career as a venture capitalist kept me in touch with many of the principals, and subsequent market developments.
I have reviewed, and support, the proposed IEEE milestone, "Development of the Laser Printer, 1971-1977."
John Shoch Xerox, 1971-1985 Life Member, IEEE Trustee, Computer History Museum