Al Shugart: A Serious Joker

The Seagate founder's flamboyant personality was integral to his ability to inspire talent and propel innovation

When I think of Al Shugart, I often think of a silly book he published in the mid-1990s called 75 Light Bulb Jokes. Back then, the concept of "political correctness" was very much in the public debate, but that didn't stop Shugart from taking good-natured shots at anyone who might have trouble laughing at themselves. For example, here's one particularly un-PC entry that still makes me smile: Question: "How many feminists does it take to screw in a light bulb?" Answer: "That's not funny."

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