Compaq's Rockin' Boss

New CEO Michael Capellas has his act together. Can he shake up the computer world?

What sparks the relentless, gotta-win drive that marks the most successful people? For Michael D. Capellas, the 46-year-old chief executive of Compaq Computer Corp., it came when he was an eighth-grader in the gritty mill town of Warren, Ohio. The pudgy kid, blind in one eye, had been relegated to the none-too-exciting offensive line on his school football team. He dreamed of something more glorious. But when he asked the coach to give him a chance at playing linebacker, the guy crushed him like a bug. "My coach said, `You're not tough enough,"' recalls Capellas.

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