Did Dec Move Too Late?

In the end, Kenneth H. Olsen simply had too soft a heart. Despite his infamously gruff exterior, the 66-year-old founder of Digital Equipment Corp. still wanted to run the $14 billion minicomputer company as a giant family business, with him as the benevolent father. Even as the company's payroll rose to 126,000 employees, he still made sure that everybody got a turkey at Thanksgiving. After 35 years, he wasn't about to change.

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