Ruminations on the electronics industry from David Manners, Senior Components Editor on Electronics Weekly.
How America Lost A TV Repairman
When Tom Perkins, co-founder of Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, was at school he wanted to grow up and become a TV repairman.
One of his jobs while at school was assembling TV sets from kits, Perkins recalls in his book Valley Boy.
‘My kit worked better than others’ and upon graduation I planned to make a career as a TV repairman,” writes Perkins.
However Perkins’ physics master thought he should go to college and spoke to Perkins’ parents about it, even persuading Perkins’ Dad to stump up $200 towards the cost of the course.
Perkins won scholarships at both Harvard and MIT. On the day of his graduation from MIT, Perkins’ father asked for his $200 back