That was really corny, but it’s one of those weeks where life is getting in the way again, and I’m having a hard time concentrating–do you ever have weeks like that?:)

So, let’s get right to the point, and start out with our “within 6 degree” connection….

Q: What is Microsoft Co-founder, Paul Allen’s connection to artist Georgia O’Keeffe?*

 A: Paul Allen currently owns Sol Y Sombra, Georgia O’Keeffe’s final estate.

The estate was owned by O’Keeffe from 1984 until her death in 1986. It was later purchased by Charles Miller, and during the time he and his wife owned it, they turned the property into a beautiful, environmentally-conscious private retreat center. Celebrity guests to the estate included the Dalai Lama, Robert Redford and Nobel Laureate, James Watson.

In 2000, Paul Allen paid around $12 million dollars for the estate, which was the highest price paid for a residential property in Santa Fe, New Mexico at the time.



Paul Allen was possibly staying at Georgia O’Keeffe’s former estate this week, as he was visiting New Mexico to celebrate the opening of the new microcomputer history museum that he just founded in Albuquerque.

I told you a little about it a few days ago, and mentioned a few great articles about the microcomputer gallery, but just for good measure, here are a few more….. 

STARTUP: Albuquerque and the Personal Computer Revolution”

And the online site for the Gallery offers all kinds of interesting information about the birth of the microcomputer…

Look it up at:


The gallery itself is located at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, and is not located on the original site where Microsoft first began in 1975.

But while he was in the area, Allen found time to dedicate a plaque* that was placed in front of the original building where Microsoft was housed back then.


Take a look at the video. Do you see the building behind the plaque?

It’s not exactly the Taj Majal—a very simple structure in a not so upscale part of town.

Who could have imagined that the little business that worked in that tiny building would end up as one of the most successful companies of all time?

 It’s pretty amazing when you think about it.

And this I didn’t know before—visitors to the museum can play “Spacewar,” a program which may well qualify as the world’s first video game, created by the brilliant Steve Russell (and a couple of other guys).

Russell has other important within 6 degree connections to Paul Allen, but maybe we can do that one later on, when my brain returns from wherever it’s at right now 🙂



Stay tuned for more “within 6 degree” connections…….


The following inscription is written on the plaque commemorating the building where Microsoft first started doing business back in 1975:

“Microsoft, Inc., housed at this site from 1975 to 1979, was founded here by Paul G. Allen and Bill Gates, whose passion for technology and vision of “a computer on every desk and in every home” lead to the development of Microsoft’s groundbreaking software.

Paul Allen and Bill Gates would like to acknowledge the important role that the city of Albuquerque played in the company’s early development, offering an environment that stimulated creativity and encouraged entrepreneurial spirit.”


*And here are a few interesting articles about artist Georgia O’Keeffe: