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MMI Alumni -
Early Employees
Monolithic Memories, Inc.

1165 E. Arques Ave.,
Sunnyvale, CA 94086

by Vaughn Aubuchon
Fond memories of Monolithic Memories, Inc.

A Brief Tribute and Salute to
the Early Employees of MMI
The First 10 years - 1969-1979

Many of us early MMI employees have some of our fondest career memories, of our years at MMI during the 1970's. I thought that I would provide a contact point for reminiscing. Most of the folks I knew were in Design and Test Engineering.
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MMI PAL Handbook - 1978

A Call For Papers! - Nov. 17, 2008

Charlie Thompson just reminded me of certain "Product Posters", which were published in small numbers by MMI. These posters presented our products in an exceptionally attractive manner. If you were there, you know what I mean. These posters would not be approved today, due to "political correctness". IF YOU HAVE ACCESS to any of these posters, and would like them to be displayed here, please contact me. Perhaps you could photograph them, scan the photos, and email them to me. I am certain that there are quite a few folks who would enjoy seeing them again. I will give you full credit (or none whatsoever), depending upon your wishes.
Thank you for considering the submission of your "historical research papers". (High resolution preferred - I will make them as large as the pixels allow.)
I AM TALKING ABOUT THOSE CHICKS IN THE BIKINIS.


Reconstructed Company Early Employee List
Updated on 12-11-04
Created on 11-13-04

(Note: Today, THE DAY I first made this page, I found that I am too late.
This concept site has already been done by Dan Kinsella.
I didn't know about the site - here it is -
The Original
MMI Alumni -
Monolithic Memories
Former Employees Website
UPDATE: The domain has been abandoned, and is now
available for
$2,495 from hugedomains.com

Apparently, there is STILL nothing new under the sun.
So, I guess I will differentiate this page into an

ELITIST, OLDEST MMI EMPLOYEE site - ha, ha.
Why? I wasn't there in the 1980's. And time constraints.
Only Zeev gets in. And John. And HT!
And just a few others.
Ha-ha.



1969 - 1979
Monolithic Memories Employee List
Early MMI Alumni
First
Name
Last
Name
Area
Count
Last Known Company

Andew

Chan

Engineer

1

.

Annie

Gomez

.

2

.

Art

Whipple

.

3

Quicklogic VP

Balu

Sastry

.

4

.

Barbara

Teehan

Drafting

5

.

Becky

Homan

Tech

6

.

Becky

Noble

.

7

.

Bev

McGowan

.

8

1978

Bill

Black

Marketing

9

.

Bill

Moss

Eng. Manager

10

Badge #3 - C-Cube - Retired

Bill

Wall

Finance

11

.

Bob

Bortfeld

12

.

Bob

Burkhardt

13

.

Bob

Cassidy

14

1978

Bob

Coker

15

1978

Bob

Likens

16

.

Bob

Rasmussen

Fab

17

1978

Bob

Zari

18

.

Brad

Henderson

Tech

19

Fujitsu Oregon

Candy

Lawson

20

.

Carmen

Burgess

21

1978

Carol

Goff

22

1978

Cheri

Vierra

Tech

23

.

Cheryl

Garcia

24

1978

Cheryl

Kutcher

25

1978

Charlie

Thompson

Engineer

26

CDT Systems

Chuck

Hastings

27

.

Chuck

Schmitz

28

Badge #7

Clair

Hardesty

Tech

29

TI

Cliff

Vaughan

Marketing

30

OKI Manager

Cyrus

Tsui

Engineer

31

Lattice CEO

Dan

Medler

Engineer

32

.

Dave

Vogensen

33

1978

Dave

Wyland

34

IDT

Debbie

Bastion

35

1978

Debbie

Jones

36

1978

Dianna

Coburn

Drafting

37

.

Diane

Scrempos

38

1978

Ed

Vetter

Tech

39

from National

Edwin

Lugo

Marketing

40

Sun

Fereshta

Tech

41

Bill Moss Tech

Gail

Chabraya

Engineer

42

.

George

Hunter

43

ST Micro

George

Kern

44

.

Gern

Blanston

Engineer

45

ROM Group
Gern Blanston

Ginny

DeMars

HR

46

KLA VP HR
Tokyo Electron

Gordon

Petersen

47

.

Greg

Feigian

Tech

48

Intel Oregon

Greg

Rice

49

1978

Hermalinda

Hinojos

Tech

50

.

HT

Chua

Fellow

51

QuickLogic VP

Idris

Kothari

.

52

Idris Kothari

Irwin

Federman

CEO

53

Financial Guru
Irwin Federman

Jack

Abbott

54

Retired

Jackie

Thomas

55

1978

Jacob

Dayan

56

.

Jaime

Martin

Engineer

57

To Interdesign - National

Jan

Whalen

58

.

Jeff

Dwork

Test Engineer

59

.

Jerry

Grey

Eng. Manager

60

from National

Jim

Fahey

61

Passed away 8-03-04

Jim

Holman

Mark/ Pack

62

Passed away 12-23-03

Jim

Wurm

Engineer

63

was Xylinx COO

John

Birkner

Fellow

64

QuickLogic VP

Judy

Caldwell

65

1978

80

100

90

50

130 -450


First
Name
Last
Name
Area

Count

Last Known Company

Karen

Everett

63

1978

Karen

Hopkins

64

MCA VP

Karen

Ramey

Drafting

65

.

Karen

Stagg

66

.

Karen

Villa

Drafting

67

.

Kathy

Barnette

68

.

Kathy

Brauner

Software

69

.

Larry

Houska

70

.

Les

Gardinier

Tech

71

from National - To Interdesign

Marcelle

Loveday

Tech

72

AMD

Marion

Gentry

73

1978

Mary

Canante

74

1978

Michelle

Maguire

75

1978

Mike

Allen

Engineer

76

AMD - crawdad man
Many thanks Mike for all the good times.

Mike

Callahan

77

.

Mike

Rynne

78

.

Muni

Aggarwal

79

.

Murdo

MacGregor

80

Deceased

Narine

Woods

81

1978

Nick

Spork

82

1978

Pat

Brown

83

1978

Paul

Franklin

Marketing Mgr.

84

.

Phil

Watt

85

1978

Randy

Calhoun

Drafting

86

1978- No job too small!

Ray

Gouldsberry

87

.

Ressie

Boone

Finance

88

.

Rich

Bangle

89

1978

Robert

Bosnyak

Engineer

90

Sun

Ron

Lawson

91

.

Ronit

Waser

Accounting

92

.

Rudy

Balanon

93

1978

Saeed

Kazmi

Marketing

94

Saeed Kazmi

Sandi

Fuson-Jones

Manufact.

95

.

Sandi

Whipple

Finance

96

.

Shirla

McDonald

97

1978

Shlomo

Waser

Marketing

98

.

Sing

Wong

99

1978 - from National

Steve

Honerlah

100

.

Susan

Bortfeld

101

.

Svi

Golod

Engineer

102

.

Todd

Goldsmith

Engineer

103

To Interdesign - to Norcomp

Tom

Branch

104

.

Tom

Donovan

105

Passed away 4-15-04

Tom

Likens

106

.

Tom

Tierney

Engineer

107

Western Digital

Tom

Waite

Engineer

108

.

Trish

Honerlah

109

.

Ury

Priel

Eng. Manager

110

from National - to land baron*

Vaughn

Aubuchon

Tech

111

from National - to Fairchild

Vince

Coli

Test Eng.

112

.

Virginia

Martinez

113

1978

Zelimir

Diel

Engineer

114

Business Solutions

Ze'ev

Drori

President

115

Badge #1 - Clifford Electronics

Tesla Motors

* Uri was aware of my rigid Evangelical upbringing. One morning, when Uri and I were walking up the steps to the lab, he said, "You know, Vaughn, that the Christians say "Jesus Saves". Did I ever. Then he asked, "Do you know what the Jews say"? "No."
... "Moses Invests."
Dear G0D, had I only heeded his advice.
Contrary to Christian belief, NOBODY gets saved from death, but the astute can save themselves from poverty in this life. I didn't have the
proper religion.

Click on any Underlined name to send an email to that person.


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MMI Alumni Reunions
George Hunter was the unofficial organizer of MMI reunions for years.
Dan Kinsella now seems to be the unofficial manager of MMI reunions.
A reunion was proposed for September 2004,
at the Kingshead Pub in Campbell, but ....???

Sept. 24, 2003 MMI Reunion Pictures -
Kingshead Pub (Campbell)


Feb. 7, 1998 MMI Reunion Pictures -
Bold Knight (Sunnyvale)



Apparently, Tom Tierney III hosts an annual St. Patrick's Day shindig,
which, in actuality, is also an MMI alumni reunion, as well.

Tom's Saint Paddy's Day Bash - March 17, 2005
Are you ex-MMI? Call Tom for details
Don't be a party pooper.
He's got the action.
Show up.


For all MMI employees between 1969 and 1987.

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Reminiscing -
MMI Trivia Questions



WATERING HOLE Trivia

The
Rusty Scupper in Sunnyvale, CA
was always our group's (bad boy's) Friday night watering hole.
Friday night special enhancement of beautiful women appreciation -
the ladies liked to strut, and we liked to observe.
Names will not be named, buy hey, if you were there, then ...

And
Sunken Gardens
Paul Franklin's favorite

And
St. John's Bar and Grill for the more traditional (B. Moss and assoc.)
I have had SCORES of bosses over the years,
but only four excellent ones -
Bill Moss was the best.
Ben Wood (Signetics), Phil Holland (National) and
Charlie Allen (SPI) were the other three.
All the rest can go and suck a pickle.
One can only excel when one is allowed to.


And what the hey was the name of that Roadhouse
on Lawrence Station Road at Kifer?
(Lawrence Expressway now)
Some kind of Greek or Italian motif, or what not.
The "Pay and Pee"? Nah.
BIG National Semi watering hole.
The memories fade - I guess I had too many drinks in there,
esp. when I was at National Semi from 1971 to 1975.
Big on check cashing. GOT IT!

Marchetti's


And what was the name of the bar next to Signetics,
that is now the notorious "Kit-Kat Club"?
Was it the "Dirty Mug Beer Bar"?
Can't remember that either.
This very second, I am drinking beer from a mug
I borrowed from there in 1970.
It's cleaner now. Very sturdy.
Thirty-four years. I wonder if they want it back?
Trade for a lap dance? Naa. Not my thing.

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EMPLOYEE NAME Trivia
Anybody know who the first 10 badge-holders were?
Who was Badge #2?
I know #1, #3, and #7 (above) - who are the rest of the top 10?

What was the daytime guard's name at the side entrance of Bldg.1?
Ferd? Blern? Damn. Can't remember. Milt? Was it Milt?
He used to do all the Building 1 paging . . .
"George Kerrrn ...teeu-teeu-teeu ...
George Kerrrn ... teeu-teeu-teeu please."
Thanks, Todd G..
He MUST be included here. We engineering folks greeted him every day, and he us.

What was the name of the non-existant person
who was regularly paged by the engineering department?
Better yet, who did the paging? And WHY???
Few people know this. Hint: He is on the list above.
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 RELATED Trivia
Remember Don Hoefler, and his Semiconductor Industry company rag,
Microelectronics News?
All the latest management level gossip -
he named names - so much fun.
"So-and-so at Intel is a son-of-a-b**ch", he used to say!
Disgruntled employees used to send him "the goods".
He had proof. Died early from heart disease in 1986.
Remember James F. Riley, President of Signetics,
at 811 Arques Ave.
Died in Sept. 1989, far too young from melanoma.
Pale skinned Irishman, done in by California Sunshine.

Remember?
Sonic Blueprint on Kifer Rd.
Halted's (Sunnyvale) - Haltek (Sunnyvale)
The Corn Palace
Ingrid's Sandwiches on El Camino
That competitor down the street called AMD.
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Sources of Info
We came from National (me too) -
we came from Signetics (me too, before National) -
we came from Fairchild (me, later, mistake).
I started this list off the top of my head,
and then stole the rest from Dan's excellent site.

Do you have information to add?
How about a 1976 MMI Internal company phone book?
That would be good.
Or 1974. Or 1975. Or 1977. Or 1978.
If you can produce it, I'll post each page as a JPEG!
Character scan would be even better - don't know if everyone would like to be Google-able.

Many thanks to everyone in advance for any info provided.
Would you like me to add your
"clickable email address" to your name ?
Send me a quick email, and it's done!
(Yeah, I don't want to either - the d@mned spam -
check out my coded address below.)



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The
MMI Internal Newsletter
- The Monolog

Aug. '78 - p1

Aug. '78 - p2

Aug. '78 - p3

Aug. '78 - p4

Aug. '78 - p5

Aug. '78 - p6

H. Kroll, new IR Mgr., Ginny's boss

Credit
Union, Tanacity Devils

J
uly picn - Frontier Village, San Jose

J
uly picn - Frontier Village, San Jose

Test
Engineering Superstars

New
Employees List



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All-jumps IC Memory Tester
Hollywood All-Jumps AC Tester
Universal IC Switching-Speed Tester

I designed and built 4 of these testers at MMI in 1976-1978.
It measured ROM/PROM Address Access delay time, from every address, to every other address. It measured ROM/PROM Chip Enable/ Disable time, to and from every address. It measured Clock-to-Output delay for any clocked IC part. It performed 16 million tests in 26 seconds, limited only by the switching speed of the DUT. The key component was a TI Precision One-shot, along with symmetrical latches.

I haven't had as much technical fun since. Looks like I peaked 50 years ago. Oh, well. $16,000 per annum seemed pretty good at the time. I like $90,000 better.

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MMI Company Names
Mayer Motorsports Incorporated
Mississippi Music Incorporated
Molson Medical Infomatics
Monolithic Memories Incorporated
(2001 could have been our ultimate year - MMI -
in terms of Roman numerals)

Montana Milling Incorporated
Montgomery Marketing Incorporated
MMI ??? (Astronomy)
MMI ??? (Taiwan Magnesium Machining or ???)


MMI Institute Names
Marine Mechanics Institute
Marion Military Institute
Michigan Molecular Institute
Military Ministries International
Millersburg Military Institute
Minnesota Management Institute
Molesworth Montana Institute
Money Management Institute
Motorcycle Mechanics Institute
Munroe-Meyer Institute
Music Missions International


Other MMI
Three-Letter -Acronyms (TLAs)

Maine-Made Incentive
Man Machine Interface
Maximum Medical Improvement
Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Montana Mine Index
Multifamily Market Index
Multi Media Interface

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About Me
Vaughn Aubuchon
Me . . . 1974

I still have my red
1964 Triumph Spitfire 4.
Anybody else still have the same car for 52 years?
Some people just can't let go of the past.
So they make web pages like this.


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email me at: Contact

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