Just a quick note—

If you haven’t seen it already, you might want to check out Bill Gates’ awesome Keynote Speech at the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last Sunday:



 Gates’ Microsoft Co-founder, Paul Allen was there too, supporting his old friend, sitting in the front row of the Palazzo Ballroom next to Viacom’s Philippe Dauman.

I’ve listed a few links to some first hand accounts of the CES show below. One reporter had a particularly interesting story, as he had the rare opportunity to talk to Allen before the show.

Apparently Allen has lost a lot of weight recently, and when Seattle Times’ Brier Dudley remarked on it, Allen said this: 

“I’ve got a trainer.”

I thought Allen was just stating a fact, and that he had actually hired a trainer (Matthew McConaughey, maybe?)—until I saw the Gates video. 

But now I think—no kidding—that he was cracking a joke.

(Watch the video and you’ll get it.)

I’ve heard through the grapevine that Allen has a good sense of humor—a “dry wit.” Maybe Dudley caught a glimpse of it Sunday night.

And if that’s true, it’s not a bad joke…..not too bad, anyway…:-)

Allen has a few good reasons to be in a joking mood right now.  Over the holidays he was celebrating in style at St. Bart’s,  jamming on his guitar aboard his 414 ft. yacht, Octopus with rockers Jon Bon Jovi and Robbie Robertson.



And he had company. Celebrity guests at his Octopus party included Steven Spielberg, Denzel Washington, Billy Joel with wife Katie Lee, Harvey Weinstein and bride Georgina Chapman, Penny Marshall, Tom Freston, Linda Evangelista and Peter Morton, financier George Soros, Rebecca DeMornay, LeeLee Sobieski, Vivi Nevo and Ziyi Zhang, Charles Simonyi and Martha Stewart, Lorne Michaels, and Antonio “LA” Reid of Island Def Jam Records.

Afterwards Allen came back to Seattle to watch his football team, the Seahawks, score another big win, leaving them in the running for a Super Bowl bid again this year. Check out this great video of Allen and Seahawks fans after the game:


Not to be outdone, Allen’s Portland Trailblazers scored a victory the very same day, and owner Allen, who had arrived straight from the NFL game to support his NBA team, was again cheered on.



So things have been going pretty well for Allen lately.

Here’s hoping for at least one more joke before the Consumer Electronics Show is over.


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