Series 6 Chronological Files, 1978-1995 [Earlier chronological files destroyed by secretary]

Box 19 Chronological Files, 1978-1984, Folders 1-29
Box 20 Chronological Files, 1985-1991, Folders 1-27
Box 21 Chronological Files, 1992-1995, Folders 1-16


Series 6 Box 19  CHRONOLOGY FILES 1978 – 1984

These folders are mainly copies of thank you notes, correspondence about boards on which DP serves, responses to people looking for work, fund-raising solicitations for many causes (especially treated favorably were those dealing with minorities, Republican Party, and local groups), DP’s trip schedules, arrangements for duck and deer hunting, regrets to invitations, letters to government officials, etc.  Selected letters have been indexed.

Box 19, Folder 1  1978 January, February, March

3/28/78 letter on 30-year retirement party of Paul Powell from shipping and receiving


n.d. resolution at retirement of Ray Lyman Wilbur, Jr. in personnel since 1957

3/15/78 letter of recommendation for Bohemian Club membership for Allen Puckett [a few similar letters in file]

3/7/78 DP to Gov. Brown concerning unemployment in California

3/1/78 list of political files stored at the Packard house

1/13/78 DP to CEO of Northern Telcom Limited, R. C. Scrivener with whom he serves on the Caterpillar board.  “We have some good work going on in our optical fibre transmission, bubble memories, microwave transistors, for example, which I think could be of interest to your people…”

Box 19, Folder 2  1978 April, May, June

4/21/78 letter on retirement after 32 years of HP service to Rose M. Carson as graphic designer beginning 2/1946

4/19/78 letter of recommendation for Alva H. Giffin to Pacific Union Club

4/19/78 polite refusal to evaluate Robert McNamara for HEW Inspector General Thomas D. Morris: “As I am sure you know, I heard a great deal of criticism about him during the time I was at the Pentagon, but it is my personal view that he did make some very worthwhile contributions to the organization and managerial problems of the Defense Department during the 1960s.”

4/19/78 DP to President Richard Lyman, Stanford, about plans for the proposed Monterey Bay Aquarium including negotiations to acquire the Hovden property [letters on the aquarium throughout the files]

4/12/78 DP to several HP employees about their concern about doing business with communist countries

4/12/78 DP’s personal pledge of $30,000 for President Ford’s Library/Museum

4/6/78 DP’s retirement letter to Charles M. Anderson for ten years in Test Equipment Engineering, Zenith Corp.

4/25/78 list of people invited to the Keenan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies, Pacific Union Club

Box 19, Folder 3  1978 July, August, September

9/21/78 DP to Ralph Heintz on “the early days of our industry” and Heintz’s “great contributions to radio and electronics”

8/25/78 DP to Jack Goodwin on his retirement after 36 years; appreciation for his commitment to those ideals now called “the HP Way”

8/3/78 DP’s letter of congratulations to Ginny and Bob Brunner on their 30th wedding anniversary

7/11/78 list of people solicited by DP for Committee on the Present Danger


7/7/78 DP to John Doyle on 30-year retirees who require special help; DP suggests that their contribution to “the HP Way” puts them in a special category which could be recognized with increased benefits

7/7/78 DP to Charls [sic] E. Walker: “I have never seen any justification for us to use Fortune, and we use Business Week to advertise specific projects directed to specific customers.”

Box 19, Folder 4  1978 October, November, December

12/3-9/78 DP in Moscow

11/22/78 DP to Senator Adlai E. Stevenson III on DP’s testimony before the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs

11/8/78 list of members of The Atlantic Council, Pacific-East Asian Security Study

11/1/78 DP participated in the Boeing Special Review Committee, August; see 10/26/78 for description of the review of foreign sales

10/25/78 DP to Dick Stone regretting that he missed Stone’s farewell luncheon, extends personal thanks for valued service of 28 years; appreciates his performance of the analytical tasks, especially the development of the I.O. System which “made an important contribution to the start-up phase of our international divisions. Your commitment to the ideals in those early years has been of immeasurable help in maintaining ‘the H-P way’ through the tremendous expansion both here and aboard.”

Box 19, Folder 5  1979 January, February, March

3/27/79 DP to Dr. Philip Handler, National Academy of Science, on the Einstein Memorial [see also 1/16/79 and 1/15/79]

4/2/79 DP to Thomas L. Chrystie, Chairman Merrill Lynch White Weld: “I understand your concern about losing Bob Greeley. We will do our best to provide a good opportunity for him…”

4/2/79 DP to Elmer B. Staats, U.S. Comptroller General: “I would be pleased to comment on your report in relation to weapons systems costs.  Having spent three years working on that subject with very little discernible success, I don’t know that my comments will be worth very much…”

4/2/79 DP to Shearon Harris, Chairman, Carolina Power and Light Company: “I was sorry to learn today about your heart attack…My partner, Bill Hewlett, has recently been through this experience, and I realize how serious the situation like this can be. At the same time, I have learned that they are able to do an amazing job of care that will result in virtually complete recovery…”


4/2/79 DP to Len Cutler saying no to involvement in the Radio Club of America: “I have been giving some consideration to whether or not I want to become involved in new activities at this time. I finally concluded the answer is no.  I am at the point where I am trying to get out of some old commitments and not take on any new ones.”  [many letters by DP expressing similar wishes to cut back]

4/2/79 DP to Dorothy Emmet: “I am sorry for the delay in sending this reply, but I am rarely in the office these days…I am curtailing my business commitments to allow time for things I have had to put off for a long time.”

4/2/79 DP’s trip schedule to San Diego and SEA WORLD, to LA (dinner and overnight with David and Pam), to New Orleans for Jr. Achievement Western Region Council meeting with chairman John Fluke

3/27/79 DP to Edward E. David, Jr. of Exxon concerning hosting the scientists from the People’s Republic of China

3/27/79 DP to Incentive Awards Committee, Naval Research Lab in support of Robert R. Stone for the Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award

3/21/79 DP to D. Z. Liu of Shanghai, China about his working for HP, cc to M. H. Shen of Peking

3/21/79 DP to Lok Lin of Taiwan concerning a visit by a friend; similar letter to Kenzo Sasaoka of Japan; friend is Dennis Doolin

3/21/79 DP to S. M. Dabney of Caterpillar Tractor Company: “…I think it would be a good idea for you to send to the members of the Nominating Committee a list of the female candidates together with a biographical sheet on each.” [Archivist’s note: This is a sign that DP recognizes the importance of women on boards.]

3/15/79 DP to Paul Ely about upcoming visit by Arthur Norberg from National Science Foundation “to discuss the general concern about the future of the computer industry”

2/7/79 DP to John Kaar including a check for $1,000 for the Foothill College Museum.  “Lu and I have just remodeled a house down on the coast at Big Sur, and I am in the process of building myself a shop down there.”

2/6/79 DP to Edgar Buttner: “Our Board of Directors adopted a Resolution at its January 19th meeting in memory of Harold…Both Bill and I valued Harold’s friendship, as well as his wise counsel, for many years. You may not know that he was very helpful to me, personally, in the very early days of the company, about 1940.”

2/6/79 DP to Chairman of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame recommending Justin Dart as a candidate for the Gold Medal Award [see also 2/26/80]

1/19/79 DP as chair of the Boeing Company Board of Directors’ Special Review Committee sends out report [not included]


1/15/79 DP to Lok Lin on Taiwan Situation: “I am well aware of the problems the recognition of China may cause for Taiwan, and I intend to do everything I can to be helpful. The U.S. trade with Taiwan has been very important for our country, and it has also been very important for the Hewlett-Packard Company. Please assure your friends in the government there that I will do everything I can to make sure our friendship and cooperation continues in spite of this recent development.”

1/10/79 DP’s schedule for the year; busy almost every day with board of director meetings for Standard Oil, Boeing, Caterpillar, etc.

1/4/79 DP to Clyde Moss on his retirement from the Air Force: He “appreciates having had the opportunity to work with you on the many meteorological and test equipment needs of the Air Force and thanks you for your assistance over the years.”

1/2/79 DP to John S. Reuyl, Palo Alto: “I have had a limited interest in solar energy for some period of time, and, frankly, I don’t see it has any great hope of contributing in a major way to our energy problem in the foreseeable future.”

Box 19, Folder 6  1979 April, May, June

6/79 HP letter to Henry A. Kissinger on relations with China

5/11/79 list of people DP solicited for the National Fund for Minority Engineering Students

4/11/79 DP to City Council of Monterey concerning the building of an aquarium; 2-page letter outlines the steps taken so far; also letter to City Council of Pacific Grove

Box 19, Folder 7  1979 July, August, September

9/19/79 termination letter by DP to Norman O. Williams who had worked for HP for 19 years [only such letter in files]

9/6/79 DP to Donald and Kathy Duffany on the subject of the importance of Planned Parenthood

8/16/79 DP suggests that HP support the Sino-American Committee on Scientific Cooperation “in view of our rather substantial involvement in Taiwan”

8/16/79 list of people invited to the dinner for the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research [AEI which DP waxed and waned over]

8/13/79 DP to Thanh Huy Nguyen on taking care of his family when he arrives [presumably from China]

7/79 DP trip to Iceland [for fishing], Japan and China with Lu and Chi-ning Liu; China visit is planned for 8/21-9/4/79

7/10/79 DP to Russel Van Arsdale Lee, M.D. of Palo Alto: “We dedicated the building [at Westminster Gardens at Duarte] in honor of my Uncle Harry this last weekend and had his four sons and one daughter all together with their families and other relatives.” [family reunion of some 45 people]

Box 19, Folder 8  1979 October, November, December

11/15/79 DP to Professor Song Jian, People’s Republic of China, saying HP would be pleased to host a group from his company and “would be most happy to show and discuss with you any of our equipment that would be of interest”


11/7/79 DP to Ye Zhen-hua, People’s Republic of China, on visit to HP: “We would be most pleased to have you send a number of people for a training period of up to one year with our company…”

10/16/79 DP to Prof. Charles Susskind, College of Engineering, UC, Berkeley: “I am attaching a list of people you should talk to about the hand-held calculator development.” [no list attached]; see 10/3/79 DP to Barney Oliver on this project on the history of the hand-held calculator; see 9/14/79 for DP’s giving Prof. Susskind a check “to help with your good work at the University”

10/5/79 DP to Ye Zhen-Jua, People’s Republic of China, on DP’s recent visit to China and outlining plans for several people from China to work with HP

Box 19, Folder 9  1980 January, February, March

3/26/80 DP to Emery Rogers on Howard University: “We hire a few people from Howard, but their [electrical engineering] program is a large one, and we should probably find a way to work a little more closely with them in the future.” [his interest in Howard is revealed in 3/26/80 letters]

3/26/80 DP to Justin Dart: “I don’t think there is a chance in the world that [Paul] Gann can beat Cranston, and I do not want to get involved.”

3/25/80 DP to many corporate heads thanking them for hosting the delegation from the People’s Republic of China including Bell Lab, IBM, Hughes Aircraft, Intel, Raytheon, GE, Watkins Johnson, Varian

3/19/80 DP to Betty S. Davis, Friends of the Sea Otter, on delays in use permits for the Monterey Bay Aquarium

3/19/80 DP to Wells Fargo asking that 5,000 shares of HP common stock be transferred for the Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation

3/19/80 DP to Mayor Gerald T. Fry thanking him and the Monterey City Council for action on the Aquarium

3/19/80 DP to Charles L. Brown, AT&T: “To be honest I have not been very enthusiastic about the UN and we have not participated in the UN Day Program.”

3/14/80 DP to Vice Premier Wang Zhen of PR China: “Excellency: The delegation led by Mr. Zhou is finishing their visit today. I believe we have had very positive discussions which will develop into several active programs in the near future.  Mrs. Packard and I thank you very much for the beautiful tea set, and we are asking Mr. Zhou to deliver to you on his return a small token of our esteemed appreciation.”

3/14/80 DP to Gerry Nelson at San Felipe Ranch thanking him and the staff “for the great show you put on for our Chinese visitors”


3/13/80 DP to Gerald Ford, Rancho Mirage CA: “…I urge you not to enter the [presidential] race at this time.  In my opinion, your entry would split the Republican Party so badly that the re-election of Carter would be assured.”

3/13/80 DP to Crocker National Bank asking that $900,000 be transferred from his and Lu’s personal account to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation to purchase “the property from Stanford University to build an aquarium.” [agreement in file a few pages down]

3/12/80 DP to George S. Franklin of The Trilateral Commission: “There is one problem in proposing such a meeting, however, and that is the potential Soviet reaction. At this time it is not clear at all how Afghanistan is going to turn out, and whether or not there may be a renewal of so-called detente. I would think it wise, therefore, not to make any firm commitments or grandiose plans for a meeting with the Chinese until our relationships with the Soviets are clarified.”

3/12/80 DP to John W. Fondahl, Professor of Civil Engineering, Stanford, thanking him for info about hydrogen to which DP can add something. “If you do run across a student interested in researching a project like this, I could give him some suggestions, and I think, in fact, it would be a good exercise.”  [see also 2/7/80; DP planning a small hydro development on his Big Sur property]

3/4/80 DP’s recommendation of Thomas J. Watson, Jr. for membership in the Bohemian Club

3/4/80 DP to Amory Houghton, Jr.: “…we have already helped George Bush, and although I think we have several good candidates, clearly George is at the head of the list. The set-back in New Hampshire was a little discouraging, but I think it will take several more primaries before we know how things will sort themselves out.”

3/3/80 DP to Thomas I. Paganelli, GE, suggesting how to conduct the visit for the delegation from PR China [other similar letters]

3/3/80 DP to Senator Russell B. Long: “…I consider it very important for the welfare of our country that you remain in the Senate.”  He sent $1,000.

2/28/80 DP to Clint Simon on his retirement after 26 years at HP. “You have been a wise counselor and provided valuable leadership in our shops these many years.”

2/15/80 DP to Provost Donald Kennedy concerning Aquarium land purchased from Stanford

2/8/80 DP to Ernest C. Arbuckle concerning unacceptable conditions on use permit including restaurant clientele and operating hours of Aquarium


2/6/80 DP to George Bush: “I was pleased to hear of the great progress you made in Iowa. Keep up the good work now that you have things rolling…”

1/25/80 DP to Zhou Jia-Hua inviting a delegation from China to visit HP

1/22/80 DP to Ye Zhen-hua of PR China on upcoming visit and hoping for increased cooperation; DP supports extensive training and service and would consider licensing to manufacture some HP products in China

1/21/80 DP sends $1,000 check to help Mardi Gualtieri’s campaign, $500 to support Robert C. Cline in 19th Senate District, $500 to Gloria S. Hom (and hopes Dan O’Keefe will withdraw).  All were told “I do not want to get actively involved, but if I can be helpful informally from time to time, I will be pleased to do so.”

1/16/80 DP sends $1,000 for John Anderson’s campaign to Gaylor Freeman in Chicago

1/16/80 DP sends $250 “to help Senator Marz Garcia’s political requirements”

1/16/80 DP to Charles J. Dirksen agreeing to serve on the Task Force to help the City of San Jose

1/8/80 DP sends $1,000 for Steve Symms’s campaign for the Idaho Senate seat

Box 19, Folder 10  1980 April, May, June

6/12/80 DP to William S. Brewster inviting him to the annual deer hunt at San Felipe Ranch in August; thanks him for showing Julia [Packard] around the aquarium and hopes to catch up on the details of “our program”

6/12/80 DP and WRH invite the following to the annual hunt: John S. Parker of GE; Louis W. Cabot of Boston; Bill Brewster of Plymouth MA; Richard M. Helms of Safer Company; Stephen D. Bechtel, Jr.; Benjamin F. Biaggini of Southern Pacific; Sherman Chickering of San Francisco; Morris M. Doyle of McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen; Richard Guggenhime of San Francisco; Norman Livermore of San Rafael; Otto N. Miller of San Francisco; Kendric B. Morrish of Walnut Creek; Ernest C. Arbuckle of Menlo Park; Robert M. Brown of Hillsborough, Edmund W. Litterfield of Utah International; Bruce G. Elliott of Monterey; Tom Killefer of U.S. Trust Co. of NY; A. Starker Leopold of Berkeley; H.J. Haynes of Standard Oil; Dean A. Watkins of Watkins-Johnson; L. W. Lane, Jr. of Menlo Park; Arjay Miller of Woodside


6/11/80 DP to Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. enclosing a copy of Governor Dixy Lee Ray’s speech to the Business Council in May “that puts some of the energy problems in the proper perspective. Our California energy policy would greatly benefit from some of Governor Ray’s observations.” [later he writes Ray and tells her how much he admires her speech and sends her $500 for her campaign]

6/9/80 DP to American Enterprise Institute arranging to give them 3,500 shares of HP common stock

6/9/80 DP gives $15,000 to CLOSE UP Foundation in Washington

6/6/80 DP to William C. Coker of MCM Industries, Ahaheim: “The purpose of my comments about semiconductor components quality was to stir up our industry a bit. I think, as a matter of fact, they are already stirred up and probably the situation is improving.”

5/21/80 DP transfers 10,000 shares of HP common stock to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation from himself and Lu

5/20/80 DP transfers $59,000 to Monterey Bay Aquarium

5/21/80 DP recommending Arwin Dougal for appointment at Univ. of Texas Dept. of Electrical Engineering

5/21/80 DP to John H. Chettle, Director, North and South American, South Africa Foundation, Washington DC: “I have reviewed carefully your letter of March 6th about the pressures for anti-investment in South Africa. My    evaluation of the situation is no where nearly as pessimistic as yours.  I would, however, like to have a copy of the study you have made…On my trip there I met with the Mayor of Soweto and a number of other people who expressed the strong view that the presence of American business was constructive in terms of progress on the human rights matter. I think anything you could do to get some letters from black leaders in your country supporting that position would be helpful.  The boycott against American business in supplying equipment to your military is quite counter productive to what our government is interested in, and I intend to see if I can get this story over to the right people in Washington.  What has happened is that American companies are losing business to Japan and European companies, and the Japanese companies, in particular, have no interest in, or experience in, dealing with racial matters. I think the current policies of our government are misguided and actually counter productive.  If we can achieve a change in administration in our country this fall, I believe there will be a chance to get this matter back on a much more sensible basis…I hope I can find some way to be helpful.”

5/21/80 DP to Dick Arey saying “there is very little likelihood of your winning against Al Alquist this fall, and since Senator Alquist has been helpful to us on a number of matters, I do not want to get out in front in any way in this campaign.”


5/21/80 DP to Dean Jay D. Pinson, School of Engineering, San Jose St. Univ., being honored to receive the 1980 Engineering Award of Distinction and being sorry that he can’t accept the award in person. “My interest in the School of Engineering at San Jose goes back to the early days of our company when we had several people who were good contributors from your school. Your award thus brought nostalgic memories for me.”

5/20/80 DP to IEEE Awards Board endorsing the nomination of Nathan Cohn for IEEE Edison Medal with a lengthy description of Cohn’s contributions

5/20/80 DP to Mrs. A. R. Curreri, arranging to have 1,000 shares of HP stock delivered to Univ. of Wis. for the Anthony R. Curreri Professorship of Surgery

5/9/80 DP’s schedule for May 12-22 including on May 12th a two- hour meeting with “Chinese Visitors”

Undated 1-page account of visit by “a delegation from the Hua Feng Corp. and the Micro Electronic Institute from the Peoples Republic of China during the past week. The delegation has visited a number of HP facilities engaged in integrated circuit work, computers and microwave measurements.  As a result of this visit both parties have agreed to establish a continuing relationship for consulting and exchange of information in areas of common interest.  Hewlett Packard has agreed to send a delegation to China to visit and consult with [them]”  Also mentions having technical people from China come to HP for training subject to U.S. governmental approval

5/2/80 many DP letters to people in South Africa thanking them for helping make his visit in April with Lu a success

4/14/80 Margaret Paull for DP to Dr. Frederick E. Terman: “While Mr. Packard was attending the annual meeting of the Caterpillar Tractor Company in San Francisco last week, Mrs. Ruth Mullen Graham, who graduated from Palo Alto High School with you, gave him the enclosed material which she was anxious to have delivered to you.  Mr. Packard has departed on a trip to Africa and asked that we pass this on to you.”

4/9/80 Mr. and Mrs. DP’s schedule for trip to Africa April 13-22 with list of people to see

4/2/80 DP to Wells Fargo Bank transferring $230,000 to the Monterey Bay Aquarium commercial account

Box 19, Folder 11  1980 July, August, September

Undated communication to Paul Fagan at Boeing V-TOL Co. in Philadelphia asking permission for a group of technical people from the Chinese Aerodynamic Research and Development Center to visit on Oct. 6; Chinese men listed by name and title [also sent to Ed Frieman, U.S. Dept. of Energy]

9/25/80 DP to Norman Orr Williams concerning his termination from HP and help in getting other employment; very patient but firm letter


A bit of correspondence concerning support for Ronald Reagan including letters about United for California, a nonpartisan group supporting mainly Republicans

Undated DP 2-page introduction at dinner, probably September 1980, describing Vice Premier Bo’s career going back to the 1930s; he is now co-chairman with Treasury Secretary William Miller for the first meeting of the China-US Joint Economic Committee

9/10/80 DP to Pacific Union club describing how the deer that he sent to the club should be dressed

8/27/80 DP to Dr. A. R. Miedema of Philips Research Labs and Prof. O. K. Anderson of Max-Planck Inst. on his being awarded the 1980 Hewlett-Packard Europhysics Prize

8/26/80 DP to John R. Cahill concerning meeting of the Americans for an Effective Presidency Committee.  “Our candidate did not do very well last week on the China issue, but I am confident he will run a good race, and it is important for us to give him all the help we can.”

8/25/80 DP endorsing the candidacy of Edward E. David, Jr. for an award by the Franklin Institute; lengthy description of his career

Undated list of men invited to the deer hunt at the San Felipe Ranch, Aug. 22-24

7/23/80 DP to Hsu Ming-Chen, Deputy Secretary General, Chinese Society of Astronautics, Beijing, agreeing to make arrangements for a group specializing in wind tunnel measurement techniques

7/17/80 DP’s description of follow-up meeting with Mexican President Lopez Portillo, July 12

7/17/80 DP to Wells Fargo Bank transferring 20,000 shares to Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation; also $200,000

7/17/80 DP’s recommendation of John Young for Pacific-Union Club membership

7/2/80 DP to Leo Roon of La Jolla, CA describing the good work of the Committee on the Present Danger and the poor work of the Tri-lateral Commission

Box 19, Folder 12  1980 October, November, December

12/22/80 3-page letter, DP to Federal Elections Commission detailing the disposition of surplus campaign funds from 1972 forward for committees DP worked with

12/9/80 DP to the Nature Conservancy: “…I would not be able to help…this year, but I will put your request on the schedule with the hope I can give you some help for the California Critical Areas Program in 1981.”

12/10/80 DP to Mrs. Harriet Mosely on her retirement after 30 years with HP

11/25/80 DP to Zhou Jia-Hua, Beijing, People’s Republic of China, concerning delays in obtaining export licenses


11/24/80 DP to Wells Fargo Bank to transfer $150,000 to Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation

11/13/80 DP to Yong-Shi Wu, Dept. of Electronic Engineering, Tianjin University, China, agreeing to arrange a visit of HP facilities for him  [many similar letters from Chinese visitors in file]

11/6/80 DP to June Wohlfeil on her HP retirement after 26 years

10/28/80 DP to Bob Townsend on his HP retirement after 26 years

10/28/89 DP to Lok Lin: “I was very saddened to hear you were leaving the company. I suppose there is nothing I could say to make you change your mind, although I wish you would. In any case, Mrs. Packard and I send you our best wishes in your new endeavor.”

10/27/80 DP to Jack K. Horton of Southern Calif. Edison Co.: “At my age duck hunting takes priority over football…”

10/16/80 DP to Peter Zimmerman, Harvard, reviewing the Trident Program going back to 1971 including his remembrance of meeting with President Nixon who was worried about funding after a SALT agreement had been signed.  “Looking back, I think that was probably a good judgment because the SALT agreement did tend to put further downward pressure on the Defense budget, and the Trident program was actually stretched out beyond what had been our original plan.”

10/16/80 DP to Dr. Mary L. Good nominating Patrick Eugene Haggerty for the National Medal of Science with a lengthy description of his career [Pat Haggerty passed away last month]

10/14/80 DP to June Hall on her retirement after 25 years at HP

10/15/80 DP’s support of Robert C. Kirkwood III’s application to the Bohemian Club

10/14/80 DP to William J. Perry, Director of Defense Research and Engineering, DOD, concerning delay in export licensing for equipment to the People’s Republic of China


Box 19, Folder 13  1981 January, February, March

3/25/81 DP to Univ. of Colorado President Arnold R. Weber refusing the honorary degree:  “I decided several years ago that I would not accept any additional honorary degrees.”

3/25/81 DP allows the San Felipe Ranch to be used for a proposed study of deer by the Biological faculty at San Jose State Univ.; also provides $5,000 in financial support       [See also 2/17/81 on tule elk study; 1/14/81 on mountain lion study–report sent to his hunting partners; also 1/8/81, 1/12/81]


3/25/81 DP to Bank of America President A. W. Clausen refusing to join the Japan Society of Northern California: “We don’t seem to have any one in our organization who has much interest in participating, and I have concluded that we should not join unless we have one of our corporate people who would find some interest…”

3/18/81 DP to Paul Ely: “I am enclosing a copy of a letter from the American Management Systems, Inc.  For your information Ivan Selin and Charles Rossotti worked for me in the Pentagon and I helped them get this company started. So, I want you to be sure to take good care of their requirements.”

3/5/81 DP to Caspar Weinberger concerning his term on the Board of Regents, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, which is to expire the first of May.  He suggests being reappointed along with the others whose terms are expiring, Francis D. Moore and Leonard D. Heaton, since the remaining Board has all been recently appointed.  He also agrees to chair for one more year but would be fine if he were not re-appointed but would help in the transition.

3/4/81 DP to Boyd A. Martin of the Institute of Human Behavior, Univ. of Idaho, appraising the Committee on the Present Danger which “has done a very important job in re-emphasizing some critical areas of national security and we believe the Reagan Administration is proceeding very closely along the lines of its recommendations.”

3/4/81 DP replying to Representative Marilyn F. Schultz of Indiana about “the problems in our technological education system.”  He notes that “We have continued to have a very successful college recruiting program and currently hire about 1500 mostly technical degree college students annually.”  He cites several problems facing the country including “a shortage of technical faculty, adequate university facilities and state-of-the-art teaching equipment…The associated problem of more tenured non-technical faculty than the future demands.  Increasing problem of non-citizens in graduate education…Alarming drop in U.S. citizens who formerly continued their technical education through PhD…Demographics of reduced 18 year olds in U.S. population by 1990.  Increasing percentage of students who are not qualified to enter technical majors through lack of prerequisite education. Bottom Line: Increased gap between demand for technical hires and graduates available.”

3/3/81 DP to Chairman of ARMCO, C. William Verity, about the status of US-USSR Trade Council. “I have talked to several people in the government about the question of trade both with the USSR and the People’s Republic of China, and they apparently have not yet firmed up their policy. I do think it will be very important to keep the line of communication open as you have done.”


3/3/81 DP to Don Hammond about his son-in-law Lynn Orr’s need for “a devise to measure viscosities at high temperatures and pressures.”  He has “come across a method of doing so using a crystal resonator” and DP thinks that “an instrument to do this job could have commercial potential.”    [See also DP memo 4/8/81 on quartz viscosity measurement]


[Archivist’s note: Packard seems to concentrate mainly on three interests: China, Howard University and education programs for Blacks, and Monterey Bay Aquarium; also the corporations on whose board he sits.]


2/26/81 DP to Sec. of State Alexander M. Haig, Jr. and Sec. of Commerce Malcolm Baldridge asking that the appropriate person meet with HP VP-International Bill Doolittle: “We have been developing a program for marketing our products in the Peoples Republic of China and we need policy guidance from the State Department…”

2/23/81 DP to Julie Packard on $435,000 check for Aquarium

2/20/81 DP memo on phone conversation with Dr. Ed David on the subject of President Reagan not appointing a science advisory at Cabinet level.  David wants DP to talk with Marty Anderson or Ed Meese and to meet to discuss.

2/5/81 DP to Senator William Campbell on the legislative program, 2-page detailed critique

2/4/81 DP is pleased to accept the Thomas D. White National Defense Award for 1981

2/4/81 DP’s recommendation of McKenzie Moss for membership in the Pacific-Union Club

1/23/81 DP’s recommendation of Robert S. McNamara for membership in the Pacific Union Club

1/20/81 DP to HP leadership on South African potential sales

1/6/81 DP to Sec. of State Designate Alexander M. Haig, Jr.: “If you think I can be helpful in any way along the line, (short of moving back to Washington), I hope you will let me know.”


Box 19, Folder 14  1981 April, May, June

Undated, DP 2-page report on the MX strategic nuclear missile system on which he has been advising Defense Sec. Weinberger; [see DP’s travel schedule where he will be on MX Panel June 11 and 12; see also 6/5 schedule]

6/8/81 DP congratulates a man who earned the Eagle Award: “As my father used to say to me, ‘Good work deserves still more good work.'”

6/4/81 DP commits to $30,000 for Education Voucher Institute, a cause of Dr. Milton Friedman’s


6/4/81 DP cannot attend the Golden Jubilee Dinner for Vic Zack: “Vic made an important contribution to the development of our industry in the early days…I think it is noteworthy also that the pattern of distributorship which he established has expanded greatly and thus he provided an important foundation for the future of this industry.”

6/4/81 DP’s recommendation of Kenneth T. Derr for membership in the Pacific-Union Club

6/2/81 DP agrees to renew his appointment for another three-year term to the board of directors of US-USSR Trade and Economic Council

6/2/81 DP to Major General John E. Kupla, Jr (USAF): “I enjoyed your letter of May 26th expressing your appreciation for the help of Hewlett-Packard Company personnel in connection with your development of a key national security program…”

6/1/81 DP inviting Deputy Sec. of Transportation Darrell M. Trent to a BBQ at his ranch focusing on transportation issues in Santa Clara County

5/19/81 DP to Bill Girdner suggesting he help with the Aquarium; in a note to Julie Packard DP wrote: “Bill Girdner is one of our first employees with Hewlett-Packard Company. He is now retired and living in Carmel Valley, and I thought he might have some interest in helping with our project.  He is a good mechanical engineer, a good mechanic and has a lot of ingenuity.”

5/14/81 DP transfers $50,000 to Aquarium Foundation

5/13/81 DP recommends Lewis Lowry Fenton for Pacific-Union Club membership

4/24/81 DP gives 12000 shares of HP stock to Aquarium

4/24/81 DP congratulates Peter Kroeker on his retirement after 28 years with HP

4/23/81 DP’s recommendation of Thomas James Perkins for membership in the Pacific-Union Club

4/22/81 DP agreeing that he and Lu will be present for the special award being presented to Fred Terman by the Semiconductor Equipment and Materials Institute in San Francisco on May 20

4/22/81 DP to CEO of Allis-Chalmers: “You were thoughtful to send me the information about Allis-Chalmers hydroelectric generating units. Our location is such that we plan to use an impulse turbine of about 25 KW. Furthermore, I am planning to build the turbine myself so I am not much of a potential customer at this time.”

4/22/81 DP to Senator Alan Cranston outlining why he doesn’t favor an “Academy for National Policy.”  He favors the private sector helping in a wide range of activities, such as he has with the Uniformed Univ. of the Health Sciences and as an advisor on the MX Missile.  Also he doesn’t think it is good for people who have served to look over the activities of their successors.

4/8/81 DP’s recommendation of George Mathew Keller for membership in the Pacific-Union Club


[in recent weeks, DP solicited for the United Nations Association]

Box 19, Folder 15  1981 July, August, September

9/22/81 DP to Margaret Richter on her retirement after 30 years with HP: “I recall the early days when our company was very small and Alfred Crossley and his associates were very important representatives for our company there is Chicago. I also recall visiting your office many times in those early years.”

9/9/81 DP agrees to be on the board of Genentech but wants them to carry liability insurance for their directors

9/9/81 DP 2-page letter on need for raising private funds for the two national endowments [see also 9/2/81]

9/2/81 DP to Crocker National Bank concerning the paper work for the Trust Agreement for the David and Lucile Packard Charitable Lead Annuity Trust

9/1/81 DP to San Jose Chief of Police Joseph D. McNamara agreeing to accept the San Jose Police Activities League’s award of “Citizen of the Year”


[Archivist’s note: Letters relating to moneys being transferred to the Monterey Bay Aquarium will no longer be indexed]


8/19/81 DP agrees to accept the Data Processing Management Association’s Science Award for 1981

7/17/81 DP’s recommendation of John Frank Leach for membership in the Pacific-Union Club

7/17/81 DP to John Doyle concerning Scitex Corporation Ltd. in Israel

7/10/81 DP accepts the John Fritz Medal and wants it given at the IEEE meeting “since that is my profession”

7/7/81 DP to Sec. of State Alexander M. Haig on the Reagan administration’s policy toward South Africa exports

12/23/81 DP to Senator Ken Maddy saying he is supporting Mike Curb “although I think well of Deukmejian.”  He is supporting Pete McCloskey. “Maureen Reagan is a very attractive person, but I don’t think she is the best choice for the senate race”

12/16/81 DP to Edwin Meese on procurement policy matters

Box 19, Folder 16  1981  October, November, December

12/15/81 DP sympathy note on the death of Edgar F. Kaiser, Oakland CA

12/15/81 DP sympathy note on the death of Charles B. (Tex) Thornton, Los Angeles CA

12/15/81 DP to Norm Schrock, HP, Colorado Springs, on the celebration of 40 years with HP


12/11/81 DP to John Riggen in Colorado Springs thanking him “for the pencil sketch of Bill and me. Jim Beaman in your Graphic Arts Department did a neat job on two difficulty subjects!”

12/4/81 DP to Stephen D. Bechtel, Jr. requesting funds for The Nature Conservancy’s plans to protect “native grasslands, fresh water marshes, riparian forests and coastal dunes.”  He appeals to him “as an avid outdoorsman”  [see also 3/8/82 to Frank Boren about Santa Cruz Island; 2/23/82 letter to Fred Hartley, Union Oil, and Robert O. Anderson, ARCO]

11/16/81 DP confirms that he will be named Vice President of the Hoover Presidential Library Assoc.

11/12/81 DP to Sec. of Defense Caspar Weinberger: “Thank you very much for taking a few minutes to visit with me the other day. I hope your people will be able to have a decision on the Caterpillar pipe layer license request. I hope, of course, you decision will be favorable, but in any case it would be helpful to have a decision within the next month…We are also very anxious to get the approval to provide a year’s training for the engineers from the People’s Republic of China. They are years behind in their electronic and computer technology, and I do not believe the program we are proposing will have any risk whatsoever in terms of national security.”

11/11/81 DP to Director of Committee on the Present Danger resigning as co-chairman and suggesting that the committee not continue: “I believe the Committee has made a very important contribution during a critical period for our national security. I believe the administration is now on the right track…”

11/10/81 DP to National Council of the Churches of Christ about their plan to present a resolution at the shareholders meeting in regard to South Africa

11/3/81 DP memo on “Wedding and Baby Gifts” with a plan to continue the tradition through division manager’s signing a card with the gift

11/3/81 DP to Senator Charles Mathias about the proposed bill on Voluntary Contributions for the Arts and Humanities; “a useful step” after several paragraphs criticizing it

11/3/81 DP to W. J. Tonkin at UC College of Engineering donating $15,000 to support Professor Charles Susskind’s research in the history of science and technology  [see also 10/20/81 DP to Susskind about his “proposed Hertz biography project”]

10/27/81 DP to Ed Hilton, Santa Clara Division, thanking him for over 35 years “you have been part of our team. I enjoyed very much the opportunity to work with you personally on many projects during your early years with the company.”


10/20/81 DP to Pete Wilson giving him a contribution for his campaign. “I must say I was very disappointed in your position on the AWACS planes and the other Middle East issues. It would be helpful if you took a little time to learn about foreign policy before you made such damaging statements on the subject.”

Box 19, Folder 17  1982 January, February, March

[Archivist’s note: There is an increasing number of letters asking for contributions, followed usually by DP’s regrets.  Only if the letters show some statement of policy have they been excerpted here.]


3/25/82 DP to President Ronald Reagan recommending Dr. Bruno O. Weinschel for an appointment to the National Science Board: “I have know Dr. Weinschel for over thirty years and I believe he would bring an important viewpoint to the Board. He founded his own company in 1952 and has developed a fine line of electronic instruments. I know of the high quality of his products and the outstanding technical contributions he has made because his products are competitive with those made by my company…”

3/15/82 DP to Kenneth Rush of The Atlantic Council: “I don’t know that I can be of much help with the Hewlett Foundation since Mr. Hewlett and I try to keep our contributions programs reasonably independent of each other.”

3/15/82 DP has been issued a “Q” clearance in connection with his work at The Boeing Company

3/15/82 DP to Charles J. Wieck: “I have your note of March 9th about the possibility of jobs for some of our retirees. With the problem we have with the tight economy, it is not likely that we will be able to work out plans along these lines at this time.”

3/12/82 DP to Sec. of Defense Caspar W. Weinberger recommending his approval of Dr. Jay P. Sanford to receive the DoD Pubic Service Award [see also 3/15/82]

3/5/82 DP’s recommendation of James Bond Stockdale to the Bohemian Club

3/5/82 DP to receive the John Fritz Medal for 1982 at the WESCON luncheon on Sept. 13 at Anaheim CA

Undated listing by organization of shares owned by DP

3/4/82 DP invites John Young to dinner for Shozo Yokogawa at his home

2/11/82 DP to Raymond V. E. Edmonds, The Palo Alto EMI Trust Group: “Our company has maintained a firm policy over many years of not participating in joint ventures.”

2/8/82 DP to Francis M. Wheat: “I have had a chance to look over the handgun limitation initiative and I will be pleased to join with my endorsement. It looks like it’s a well thought out plan and it is certainly a step in the right direction.”


3/5/82 DP and WRH to Walt Paliwoda on his 25th anniversary with HP “…You’ve played an important role in the Midwest in the development of our medical sales program…”

2/1/82 DP to Shozo Yokogawa, President, Yokogawa Electric Works, Tokyo, Japan, concerning “a change in our relationship…A stock exchange as suggested by Bill Doolittle would give YEW a larger annual income and YEW would be one of HP’s largest shareholders…” [see also 5/17/82 letter which indicates that HP wants to purchase full ownership in YHP]

1/25/82 DP on Bert Jackson’s 40 years with HP: “We tried to do a great deal of our own manufacturing work from the very beginning. Bert Jackson had a real dedication to good craftsmanship in every job he tackled. He was never satisfied until he got it right. We had a goal in the early days to build “inexpensive quality” into all of our products, and Bert Jackson helped us achieve that goal in many ways over many years…”

Box 19, Folder 18  1982 April, May, June

6/29/82 DP to HP management setting up luncheon and visit of French Minister of State to HP

6/28/82 DP to Dr. James Ling, Office of Science and Technology Policy, suggesting that Federal labs deal with industrial companies for their opinions of the Labs

6/28/82 DP to receive the Sylvanus Thayer award from DoD

6/28/82 DP to Health and Human Services Secretary recommending Dr. Arthur Jampolsky for membership on The National Eye Institute Advisory Council

6/14/82 DP to Sol Shatz: “After visiting with you the other day I found that we already have a project at our company in which we have built robots to assemble components and printed circuits.”

6/14/82 DP to The Archeological Conservancy, Santa Fe, NM: “I have read with interest your letter of May 21st, particularly because I am a native of Colorado and Mr. Hewlett and I spent a few days exploring the Yellowjacket area in the summer of 1934, several years before we started our company.”

6/14/82 DP to Professor Leland Brown: “I was very pleased to hear from you through the son of one of our employees. He gave me occasion to recall my days at Stanford and to take time to drop you a note to send you my good wishes and thank you very much for the help you gave me many, many years ago in getting started in my professional career.”


6/11/82 DP’s personal data statement in connection with his prospective appointment to the President’s Private Sector Survey on Cost Control; survey says HP’s sales to US Government amounted to 9% in 1981; DP was co-chairman of The Committee for the Present Danger, 1975-81, and Trilateral Commission 1975-81; DP notes that Senator Proxmire might be against the appointment because of the large volume of HP business with the government; “Because of my company’s participation in defense business, I think it would be potentially risky for me to be involved in Defense Department activity.” A listing of his stocks is attached

5/20/82 schedule of trip to Paris, meeting with DeGaulle

5/12/82 DP drops out of the US-USSR Trade and Economic Council: “…the Administration is taking a very hard line on the export of high technology products and I don’t see any prospect for change for the next several years.”

4/29/82 DP to Sales Engineer, General Electric: “Thank you for the quotation on a 25 KW synchronous generator…I was able to obtain a generator from Federal at less than one half the price you quoted. It may not be of equal quality, but is adequate for my purpose. My company’s sales people are always interested in why they did not get the order…”

4/29/82 DP to Winton M. (Red) Blount, Montgomery AL: “I have your note about Haley Barbour and I suppose Senator Stennis is due for retirement. He has, however, been such a good friend during my stint in Washington and ever since that I am breaking party lines to support him.”

4/29/82 DP to Senator Howard Baker saying why he does not participate in the Republican Senate-House Dinner: “It is for the simple reason that I prefer to give my contribution directly to the candidates for office.  Last year I contributed my full $25,000 to Federal candidates and was unable to help several candidates whom I wanted to help. I assure you and all of your friends in Washington I am fully supportive of what the Republican Party is doing, but I prefer to handle my support on a direct to the candidate basis.”

4/28/82 DP to The White House endorsing Parker Gilbert Montgomery for the Presidential Task Force on International Private Investment: “Mr. Montgomery founded the Cooper Laboratories, Inc. in 1958 and this has been a very successful enterprise which has its headquarters here in Palo Alto. I have worked with Parker Montgomery on a number of projects mainly involved in local and state business/government relationships. He has been an active member of the Republican Party here in California and he has recently been involved in a study Group on International Trade and Economics.”


4/28/82 DP to Russell Train and Robert McNamara of The Year 2000 Committee: “While the Year 2000 Committee has very worthy objectives, I think there are already more than enough people studying these issues, but no where enough people doing something about them…Our Foundation already has high on its list of priorities population control and environmental activities…Perhaps my views on this matter have been unduly affected due to the fact that I receive about ten times as many publications from various organizations as I can possibly read. I see no merit in adding one more layer to this activity.”

4/27/82 DP to Vivian Phillips on her retirement after 35 years: “I remember the early days when you had a number of different jobs around the shop, and the great thing about it was that everything you undertook you did well…”

4/27/82 DP to Milton Harris at the National Academy of Engineering supporting John S. Foster, Jr. for the 1982 Founders Award. Foster was Director of Defense Research and Engineering when DP was in Washington: “We worked together on almost a daily basis on the vast range of responsibilities of the Defense Department, and Johnny provided outstanding leadership…”

4/21/82 DP to Donald S. Watson, Illinois State Univ. noting his association with the Trilateral Commission from the founding days when it provided a chance for people in the public and private sector of the countries involved to become acquainted. DP submitted his resignation some time ago.  “I don’t consider that the Commission has any benefits of importance to my organization.”

4/21/82 DP to Northern Californians for a Bilateral Nuclear Weapons Freeze explaining why he didn’t attend their luncheon “because I consider this issue an unnecessary exercise in futility…It could even be dangerous in sending a bad signal to the Kremlin.”

4/14/82 DP to David K. Storrs, Investments Office, Yale University, correcting him on HP’s views toward South Africa; 2-page letter [see also 4/6/82 saying that corporate contributions committee should take into account Yale’s position in connection with future requests for financial support]

4/7/82 DP to Senator Howard H. Baker, Jr. concerning the tragic fire at Wolf Trap; the Packards are hosting a dinner at the Barns of the Wolf Trap Foundation on May 5th to help restore the facilities; “The two 18th century barns were moved intact from New England to Wolf Trap. Since they escaped the fire, they provide an appropriate and attractive location for our dinner.”

Box 19, Folder 19  1982 July, August, September

9/21/82 DP to Gen. E. W. Rawlings about trying to reverse the negative attitude of the media toward the conservative philosophy in the U.S.

9/2/82 DP to Paul Wattis on the importance on The Nature Conservancy


9/2/82 DP to R.P. Gregorian, California International Trade Corporation: “I agree with you that our current policy in regard to the Soviet Union and trade is very non-productive. In fact, the restrictions are now so tight on our products that we have decided to minimize our efforts there until, and unless, the current U.S. policies change. For that reason I will not be in Moscow in November.”

8/27/82 DP to Chairman David L. Lewis, General Dynamics Corporation, concerning Federal Laboratories which are being reviewed by the White House Science Council where DP serves [this letter went to many company presidents]

8/26/82 DP to Robert L. Turner: “Your July 30th letter prompted me to personally review our decision regarding retroactive qualification of former employees’ stock options. I found that approximately twenty-two people who left HP after January 1, 1981 were affected by this decision.  All exercised their options under the knowledge that future retroactive qualification was uncertain.  HP stock options are granted with some recognition for past performance, but with primary emphasis on compensation for expected future performance and as an incentive to continue employment with our company.  Therefore, I believe the Executive Committee’s decision to offer retroactive qualification only to current and retired employees was proper since it is consistent with the objective of our option plan.”

8/25/82 DP to Thomas J. Watson, Jr. thanking him for his “thoughtful letter” about the possibility of providing U.S. monitoring capability in the Soviet Union. “I agree that this is a difficult issue and that it would certainly be desirable to find some way to reduce the level of nuclear weapons, but, on the other hand, there are some promising defensive capabilities which, if they work out, could significantly improve the situation…if there is anything any of us could do to reduce the probability of a nuclear war, it must have a very high priority.”

8/13/82 DP to WRH on their scheduling of ranching in Idaho and hunting [Archivist’s note: This is one of very few communications between DP and WRH in these files from the 1980s]

8/13/82 DP to Bill Nilsson: “I think some of Rickover’s philosophy would be useful to fit into your management training courses since it parallels my management philosophy quite well.”


8/12/82 DP to Shozo Yokogawa, Yokogawa Electric Works, concerning “a fundamental change in the Yokogawa-Hewlett-Packard relationship” which DP thought SY had agreed to; 2½-page letter supporting this change with HP acquiring full ownership of YHP; DP says Shozo Yokogawa’s new disagreement “has caused me much personal embarrassment, as I reported my understanding of our Palo Alto meeting at the HP Board of Directors’ meeting on March 28, 1981…In view of the now somewhat strained relations between the United States and Japan on commercial affairs, I strongly believe that a friendly separation of YEW and HP in respect to YHP would be helpful…”

8/12/82 DP to Robert Dueltgen, Beaverton OR, expressing sorrow that they can’t be at the 50th wedding anniversary of Frank and Darthea: “I remember meeting Frank first when he and his brothers met my uncle Harry at our home in Pueblo. It was in the 1930s. I came to know and admire all the brothers, but from the very beginning Frank appeared to be more serious and more thoughtful than the others…”

8/10/81 DP to members of the WHSC Federal Laboratory Review Panel on final report

8/4/82 DP to E. Allison Thomas, CA Commission on Industrial Innovation, Office of the California Governor, concerning draft of the final report for the Commission; 3-page letter with specific suggestions

7/20/82 DP to George M. Keller saying he can’t come to the Standard Oil directors’ meeting because “I’ve gotten involved in some additional work for the Defense Department on the MX Missile issue…”

Box 19, Folder 20  1982 October, November, December

12/15/82 Mr. and Mrs. DP’s pledge to give twenty million dollars to Stanford for Children’s Hospital; guidelines of gift  [see also 11/4/82]

12/6/82 DP sends many letters trying to raise funds for Wolf Trap Farm Park for the Performing Arts; DP pledges one million dollars

12/1/82 DP to Lew Allen, Director, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, CA Inst. of Tech., concerning the synthetic aperture radar project which he thinks the Navy would be interested in

Undated, DP letter promoting the efforts of Californians for Better Transportation

10/28/82 DP to Stanley W. Wight expressing appreciation for 22 years of HP service:  “During that time, we have seen your many contributions in the area of machining and fabrication management both here in Palo Alto and in Corvallis. You not only exemplified what we expect from a skilled craftsman, but have demonstrated your ability as a manager in the true ‘HP Way.’  Your leaving HP to form your own enterprise leaves us with mixed emotions. We are sorry to lose you, but take pride in the fact that we have very possibly helped prepare you to meet this new exciting challenge.”


10/21/82 DP to Sam McLaughlin after 31 years of HP service: “I recall you were the very first die caster HP had when you joined us on April 7, 1951 in the Quonset Building, working for Ralph Lee.  Another event, which you may recall vividly, was the start of the first HP Safety Shoe Program.”

10/20/82 DP to Colorado College concerning the appointment to the David and Lucile Packard professorship

10/20/82 DP to Nelson Bunker Hunt: “While I am completely in accord with maintaining a conservative constituency in Washington, I prefer to give my support to individuals I select personally. For example, I would not want to support an anti-abortion candidate.”

10/19/82 DP to the Monterey Institute for Research in Astronomy pledging $100,000 for the Barney Oliver Observing Station

10/5/82 DP to James R. Cochran: “…I think Wilson Riles is a fine man, but he has utterly failed in his leadership of our educational system and it is time for a new broom.”

September trip to Indonesia for directors’ meeting for Standard Oil Company of California

Box 19, Folder 21  1983 January, February, March

3/31/83 DP to John Young concerning the Japan-California Association which HP has been involved in for a long time; George Schultz has asked DP to be the U.S. Chairman of the new “Wisemen’s Group”

3/30/83 DP’s recommendation for Michael K. Deaver for Bohemian Club membership

3/30/83 DP memo to John Young on Dept. of Commerce, Project on Productivity, asking that JAY take on this

3/29/83 DP to Queen Elizabeth II thanking her for coming to HP; “I understand our Model 250 computer, which was briefly demonstrated to you at Cupertino, will soon be installed in Buckingham Palace…”

3/22/83 DP to R. D. Bradley at Sperry Corporation: “…we have, as a matter of fact, used our own engineers extensively over the years in evaluating our new product projects. We call this the ‘next bench syndrome.’ If the fellow at the next bench thinks it is a good idea, most of our engineering customers will probably agree.”

3/21/83 DP to Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford CT, affirming their donation as a match to support the Hugh Packard Faculty Chair  [see also 3/15/83, 3/4/83, 4/24/83]

3/16/83 DP to Harold E. Pearson in Mill Valley: “The Bay Model sounds as though it would be very interesting. I am going to be indisposed for a week or two because of a bad burn I gave myself in my shop at Big Sur doing some lost wax casting.”

3/15/83 DP to H. (Herb) G. Palmberg: “Your reminiscence of basketball in the early 1930s seems a long time ago now, but it certainly was good fun at the time.”


3/15/83 DP to John P. Renshaw: “…I think the article about Maj. Gen. George F. Keegan’s assessments of the US-USSR military balance is much too pessimistic and he is wrong on a number of specific points…the balance is not favorable for the United States, but there are some positive things on our side that General Keegan completely overlooks.”

3/10/83 DP resigns from The Atlantic Council where he was Vice President “in order to leave time for some personal affairs”

3/8/83 DP to Martin Patrick Lasick thanking him for “the portrait you have drawn of me”

2/28/83 DP to Ronald W. Evans, publisher of Computer Design, thanking him for the special edition of December 1982 announcing DP’s selection to the computer industry Hall of Fame

2/28/83 DP cancels loan by Porter Angel whom he worked with before his death

2/25/83 DP to Milton Ausman: “Your comments brought back nostalgic memories of our early days in this business”

2/25/83 DP to Glenn Herreman on his retirement after 32 years at HP: “Work in the standards area has been especially important in establishing a reputation for quality and accuracy in our electronic instruments.”

2/18/83 DP to Robert R. Barry thanking him for arranging “the wonderful party with the Alpha Delta Brothers in Los Angeles. It was good fun to see some of my old friends…”

2/28/82 DP recommends Alan Hammond Nichols for The Pacific Union Club

2/18/83 DP endorses George Nicholson for an appointment to the federal bench in Sacramento

2/17/83 DP recommends Paul Thayer for Bohemian Club preferential admission

2/16/83 DP to Edward E. David, Jr., President, Exxon Research and Engineering Company, about the report on Federal funding for labs recommending guidelines for funding decisions and spending a larger amount on research at universities

2/8/83 DP sent the president of GenRad an article he wrote for their employee publication Common Ground

2/15/83 to Philip C. Jackson, Jr. thanking him for sending a collection of papers, “Speculations in System Sciences” although DP says he will not sponsor the publication. “It is interesting to me to see that HP employees carry their scientific interests far beyond their daily activities and you are to be congratulated for your efforts.”

2/2/83 DP to Robert M. Shuffler on his retirement from HP after 34 years “since you started with the company as a Field Sales Engineer in Dallas, Texas”

1/27/83 DP to Wallace Sterling thanking him for the photographs of Fred Terman which brings him “memories of a truly great friend”

1/26/83 DP sent to Paul W. Klipsch a copy of “my remarks at the service in the Stanford chapel for Fred [Terman]”


1/25/83 DP to HP personnel who worked with the Four Corners Sheltered Workshops.  “Mrs. Packard and I provided substantial financial funds for the Ignacio facility which was dedicated in September 1981”


[Archivist’s note:  Retirement letters will no longer be noted unless something important is included about HP or DP’s history.]


1/14/83 DP’s form letter suggesting ways to increase the number of quality engineers as currently 2500 engineering faculty jobs in the US are unfilled

1/12/83 DP to Governor Deukmejian recommending Robert Augsburger’s appointment as chair of the SF Bay Conservation and Development Commission

1/12/83 DP agrees to be Honorary Co-Chair of the Distinguished Service Award Banquet to honor Henry A. Kissinger

1/12/83 DP to Zhao Jinglun, Cambridge MA, saying he will make an exception to his policy not to make gifts to individuals.  He sends $1,000 to help with his wife’s education expenses

1/11/83 DP to Governor Deukmejian recommending the appointment of George S. Nolte, Jr. to the California State Water Commission


[Archivist’s note: Letters of recommendation will not be noted unless something important is included about HP or DP history.]


1/11/83 DP to Charles H. Percy of the Alliance to Save Energy outlining HP’s experience in vanpooling

1/5/83 to Conroy Gee, Lodi who is starting a small computer business.  DP suggests that “the first thing he would have to do is design a better computer, a better way to use computers, or to design better software for computers that are already being sold…I am a strong advocate of the theory, ‘If you build a better mouse trap, the world will beat a path to your door.'”

1/5/83 DP suggests to Dr. G.A. Keyworth, Science Advisor to the US President, that a Presidential Commission on High Technology be appointed “to increase the long-term competitiveness of the high technology sector in our economy”

1/5/83 DP to General Brent Snowcroft about the MX problem with the suggestions that “the small missile is the only viable option available”

Box 19, Folder 22  1983  April, May June

6/30/83 DP donates $250,000 to Beverly Sills, NY City Opera, over the next five years


6/17/83 DP to Capital Legal Foundation including a check of $1,000 “to help with the suit of General Westmoreland against CBS.  I am concerned not only because of my friendship for General Westmoreland, but I think this is a matter that does raise broader concerns”

6/17/83 DP to President, Hoover Presidential Library Association:  “Emery Rogers has advised me that our people have carefully considered your request for a contribution of computer equipment, and that because of the very many requests we have from worthy organizations we are not in a position to be helpful…since I am not taking an active part in company affairs, I am leaving it up to our people to be as fair as possible in making these decisions and I would not want to interfere.”

6/16/83 DP to Senator Pete Wilson urging adding the lower McCloud River to the California Wilderness Bill  [see also 8/22/83]

6/10/83 DP to Tomohisa Dohmen thanking him for his comments on YHP sent to Wallace Sterling: “We are making some major changes in our YHP relationship which I hope will improve the opportunity for YHP to become competitive in the computer business in Japan.”

6/3/83 DP memo to John Young and Paul Ely: “At the computer show in New York yesterday I saw at least 10 HP personal computer models and today I found this note in the Wall Street Journal.  I want a report from you to Bill Hewlett and me within the next two weeks about when and how you are going to get our act together.”


[Archivist’s note: There is quite a bit of correspondence concerning the U.S.-Japan Advisory Committee which DP chairs.]


5/20/83 DP’s cover letter to Dr. Solomon J. Buchsbaum, Chair, White House Science Council, outlining recommendations from the Federal Laboratory Review Panel’s report [first draft dated 5/12/83]

4/19/83 DP to Senator Pete Wilson urging that Wooley Creek be added to the Marbel Mountain Wilderness area.  “Wooley Creek is one of the most untouched and beautiful streams in the State and the area should not be opened to timber cutting and roads.  Our [fishing] camp is located eight miles from the road and I have hiked over the area many times over the last 30 years.”

4/18/83 DP to Catholic Church in South Carolina:  “I am, as a matter of fact, giving away substantially more than my entire annual income to various worthy causes.”

4/18/83 DP to Monterey City Manager over the loan he is making for acquiring the Saunders property for parking; also note to his legal advisors  [see also 7/29/83 on details according to Nate Finch’s advice]

Box 19, Folder 23  1983  July, August, September


9/14/83 DP to Ernest Solomon of Wahler Associates: “This will authorize you to proceed with the fault study [on his property] as outlined in your letter of August 30.  I would like to observe the trenching and will be available after September 29.  Please check with my secretary…to schedule the back hoe work on a day I can be present.”

9/13/83 DP’s recommendation for Bohemian Club membership of Barney Oliver, “a close personal friend…for fifty years” and “brilliant scientist”

9/13/83 DP’s condolences on the death of Leonard D. Heaton whom he worked with closely during the establishment of the USUHS

9/13/83 DP’s condolences on the death of Starker Leopold, a conservationist whose cause was “the preservation of all those native animals and plants that he loved”

9/9/83 DP to William R. Hambrecht: “I did support Alan Cranston in his Senate races, but supporting him for President is a little further than I would want to go. I do, of course, consider him to be one of my friends.”

9/8/83 DP authorized Crocker National Bank to purchase the Burroughs property, 9451 Telstar and 3374 Rio Hondo, El Monte, for the Foundation; $2,700,000

9/8/83 DP to Search Committee for Vice President for State University of NY, Stony Brook recommending Garvey E. Clarke whom he knew from National Fund for Minority Engineering Students

9/8/83 DP to Daniel A. Packard, Jr., Arden, NC, thanking him for the booklet on the Ancestors and Descendants of Daniel Packard. “I have not been very interested in genealogy, although my father did have a good record of his side of the Packard family.”

8/31/83 DP to Sharon Butterfield of Corvallis Division: “As you are aware I have heard from a number of your concerned fellow workers regarding the present situation at the Corvallis Division…I very much appreciate hearing from you personally. I can assure you that every attempt is being made to find a fair and equitable way to move from this rather discouraging period to one which will restore confidence in the HP Way in the near future…”  [see also 8/23/83, 8/22/83 with greater detail, 8/8/83 (3 different letters)]

8/30/83 DP in response to an unsatisfied customer told several employees “your jobs are not going to last very long unless you can do a better job in taking care of our customers”


8/29/83 DP to Dr. Michael M. May, Lawrence Livermore Lab, UC, Berkeley, thanking him for comments on the Federal Lab Review panel report which was presented to the President and his full Cabinet on July 12.  “The President gave me a full hour to discuss this issue and has promised to give us complete support in putting the recommendations into effect.”

8/22/83 DP’s condolences on the death of James L. Jenks, Jr.: “He was an outstanding individual and true friend of all who became closely associated with him, and I know he truly enjoyed all his efforts to make the medical products business the success that it is.”

8/22/83 DP to Charo Roig who wants advice on how to make money.  In summary he says study hard and study hard, etc.  “It was lucky I studied electronics because it has become a field of great opportunity. Luck has a great influence on making money…If you can do a good enough job to become indispensable to your employer, you will have security and enough money to get along well.”

8/22/83 two DP letters on the Wilson Council on US-Japanese relations

8/19/83 DP’s orders the new biography of Herbert Hoover for WRH  [Archivist note: there is very little mention of WRH in this box]

8/12/83 DP memo to John Young on Pete Wilson’s High Technology Advisory Committee.  DP cannot attend the working luncheon.  “I hope that you or someone will get the story on the export Administration Act Amendments so I can get back to Pete later if necessary.”

7/29/83 DP to Francis L. Moseley on his 75th birthday: “I have often thought that your first version of an XY plotter was a very major contribution.  As you know, HP has done very well in the plotter business and it all started with our admiration of your personal contribution in this field…”

7/29/83 DP to J.C. Hodges agreeing he “did have Grace Cunningham for senior English [in Pueblo], but English was not my favorite subject.”

7/29/83 DP to Lester Hogan of Fairchild Camera who is organizing a Computer Museum.  DP is not interested and doubts that HP would be

7/29/83 DP to investment manager over “Mrs. Salter’s Trust portfolio”  [personal]

7/26/83 DP to China Minister of Electronics Industry Jiang ZeMin thanking him for the gift and visit

7/5/83 DP to Shozo Yokogawa on new arrangement with YHP

Box 19, Folder 24  1983  October, November, December

12/80/83 DP to Clinton W. Peek of El Cajon CA: “You were most thoughtful to send me a note about connecting electrical power to our beginning shop on Page Mill Road.  You did a good job for the lights are still burning brightly for our company.”

12/22/83 DP sends $1,000 to Regional Oral History Office, UC, Berkeley, for oral history of Easton Rothwell


12/22/83 DP turns down William S. Brewster being on the board of The Nature Conservancy–says no for Lu Packard too

12/22/83 DP to Sec. of Commerce Malcolm Baldridge concerning US-Japanese relations; in his view until the Federal deficit is brought under control, the situation cannot be helped  [see 11/28/83 DP to John H. Gibbons and 11/17/83 to Peter Peterson]; planning next HP board meeting with the Japanese in Tokyo in January; asks for a meeting

12/22/83 DP to chair of the Alliance to Save Energy; “…the marketplace has now become much more effective in encouraging conservation of energy and I think it might be appropriate to scale back the activity of the Alliance to some extent.”

12/21/83 DP to David Rockefeller saying he can’t support the Trilateral Commission this year as “I have had the unusual additional requirement this year of having to personally provide substantial funding for the U.S.-Japan Advisory Commission. I thought of asking some of my friends for help but I decided it was easier to do it myself.”

12/21/83 DP agreeing to the cause of the Single Six-year Presidential Term

12/21/83 DP to Tom Hesseldenz of McCloud River Preserve who sent him a plan for a water heater: “The plan looks fine. You should have as good thermo connection as possible between the stack and the pipes, and it would be a good idea to put some insulation around the pipe and the stack.”

12/19/83 DP to VP George Bush about Pres. Reagan’s visit to Japan and offering him assistance by the U.S.-Japan Advisory Commission

12/8/83 DP donates $100,000 to Planned Parenthood of Santa Clara County from him and Mrs. Packard

12/8/83 DP sends $100,000 to Castilleja Foundation, Palo Alto

12/8/83 DP to John M. Fluke, Jr.: “It was good fun to see your father at the party on November 30th…”

12/8/83 DP donates $25,000 for Jimmy Carter Library

11/22/83 DP to Mrs. A. Starker Leopold sending 4,000 shares of HP stock “to support the Starker Leopold Visiting Professorship in Wildlife Management which has been established at the suggestion of Bill Hewlett. Starker was a good friend and I admired his many important contributions to the world of wildlife management.”

11/22/83 DP to Raymond W. Todd: “…[our] family foundation…is not devoted only to the arts…and at the present time we are limiting our support to activities in the local area.”

11/16/83 DP to Kathleen Teague, American Legislative Exchange Council, Washington DC, in response to her letter on the South Africa situation which he sent to Dave Kirby: “I think with this disinvestment movement going too far it could have a negative impact on our company.”


11/16/83 DP to Professor Dwight Bolinger saying he shares concerns: “Unfortunately, I don’t have very much influence with this Administration except I am very friendly with George Shultz. I think he is inclined to want to steer things in a better direction and I am going to encourage him to do so when I have a chance. There are a great many hardliners at work in Washington these days, and I agree with you there may be some real danger in the situation.”

11/9/83 DP to top management about “HP Arrogance” [Archivist’s note: It is unclear if this is a joke or not.]

11/8/83 DP participated in a one-day seminar in Santa Monica “to discuss defense and security issues and cooperation in the area of science and technology”; [letter sent to about ten people]

11/8/83 DP to Dr. James Bradshaw: “I was very pleased to been reminded of your father…I enjoyed the opportunity to have him as a coach when I was a freshman, and although I was never very proud of my record as an athlete, I did learn a great deal from athletics that was useful to my career in the years that followed.”

11/4/83 DP to Ambassador Nobuhiko Ushiba, Chairman, US-Japan Advisory Committee, asking for support for the Wilson Center

11/4/83 DP to Zhou Jia Hua, Xin Shidai Company, Beijing, concerning HP’s board visit to China: “We would like to move into a product manufacturing operation through the formation of a joint venture company as soon as possible…HP is willing to take the full responsibility in building a modern facility for the jointly owned operation…[we could develop] a scientific and industry park with our joint venture building as a part of the plan.”

11/3/83 DP listing of “Talking Points on Meeting with President Reagan”

11/2/83 DP to President Reagan outlining four points in preparation for the upcoming meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Nakasone [letter signed by DP and Lee L. Morgan]

11/1/83 DP to Dr. Oliver H. Beahrs, Mayo Clinic, reporting that “Mrs. Packard’s mother and her mother’s sister both passed away that week [that you were here and we couldn’t see you] and we were preparing for two funeral services to be held on October 31.”

11/1/83 DP to Louis W. Cabot, Boston: “It was great to be included in the Colorado elk hunt again this year.  The fact that we did not catch up with an elk is not that important.  The event is always most enjoyable for two reasons.  One is the opportunity to be with some great people.  The other is to enjoy again the beauty of the Colorado mountains.”

11/1/83 DP pledges $45,000 for the Hertz biography project


10/21/83 DP to Mrs. Willametta Day, Reno, requesting that she become acquainted with The Nature Conservancy, on whose board he sits; “Mrs. Packard and I and our family are enjoying very much the Big Sur property. Your sons have stopped by from time to time and I have invited them to come in whenever they are in the area…Mrs. Packard and I would be most pleased to have you come in and see your fine old property.”

10/20/83 DP to members of the US-Japan Advisory Commission concerning the trade imbalance which DP thinks should be defined in terms of the number of jobs lost

10/17/83 DP to President Reagan on upcoming visit to Japan

10/14/83 DP to US-Japan Advisory Commission members sending them “The Misalignment of the United States Dollar and the Japanese Yen: The Problem and Its Solution” by Murchison and Solomon, 9/19/83 [see 10/10/83 DP to George Packard, John Hopkins Univ., on DP’s check for research on agricultural policy for the commission]

10/6/83 DP to James Roosevelt: “…because of all the recent publicity through Forbes [an article telling of DP’s worth], etc., I am taking a very hard line on charitable contributions, and I will not be in a position to help with the Richard M. Nixon Presidential Library at Chapman College…but I wish you success.”

Box 19, Folder 25  1984  January, February, March

3/23/84 DP to Senator John Heinz giving specific suggestions to “make the Export Administration Act liveable for our industry…The whole issue has been badly overstated by the administration…The way to beat this problem is for the United States to stay ahead.  The net effect of the Senate bill will be to hamstring the U.S. industry, give the Japanese and Europeans a significant boost, and have little effect on the Soviets.” [see 3/19/84]

Undated DP to Albert L. Seligmann, Exec. Director, US-Japan Advisory Commission, correcting draft on security which DP  has “some serious problems with,” ignoring the fact that China has “moved into our camp” and that the Treaty of Mutual Security of Cooperation needs to be reoriented “to the realism of the present situation, as painful as this might be for Japan.”

3/22/84 DP’s schedule on trip to Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai, March 22 – April 2

3/19/84 DP to Alwin Schmid, Lansing: “I am sorry to hear of the difficulty you have had with your hearing.  I am having some trouble myself, so I am sympathetic.  Our company would not be interested in research on hearing aides along the lines you have suggested…”


3/19/84 DP to John D. McPherson, Rallston Investment Corp., “…the date of September 7th happens to be my birthday, and I will not be available on that date for the 25th anniversary celebration of our visit to the USSR”

3/15/84 DP to Nathan Finch: “Enclosed…are my checks for the total amount of $2,790,527.99 made out to Safeco Title Insurance Company for the Runyan property”

3/15/84 DP to Nathan Finch authorizing him “to increase my bid on the Harlan estate property to a maximum of $600,000”

3/13/84 DP to US members of the US-Japan Advisory Commission:  “My Meeting with the Vice President, March 7, 1984”; two-page detailed memo; memo suggests increased US exports in forest products, tobacco, among others

3/5/84 DP to Nathan Finch requesting he distribute the Salter Trust [personal]

3/1/84 DP to Dr. G.A. Keyworth, Science Advisor to the President: “…I do think the idea of a program of R&D on ‘leapfrog’ steelmaking technologies certainly should be considered…[you should] get an appropriate group of people from the steel industry and the appropriate Federal laboratories to spend a little time [looking at this]…I think it is exactly the kind of thing that could help the steel industry and perhaps some of the other smoke-stack industries”

3/1/84 DP to Douglas Martin about the “road work on the Gamboa property” as “we would like… to open the old road that goes from the Gamboa property to our property and install some security gates…”

2/29/84 DP to Arthur L. Norberg about his “1978 interview draft”

2/28/84 DP to Delwyn C. Rasmussen on the “survey of the Runyan Associates property on Cannery Row”

2/28/84 DP to Roger B. Smith, General Motors: “Lu and I enjoyed very much the dinner with you and Barbara in San Francisco last week…I hope your project with Toyota continues to go well and if there is anything we can do out here to help…”

2/23/84 DP to Senator Pete Wilson concerning the McCloud River Wilderness where “five timber sales have already been planned”

2/23/84 many letters trying to raise money for The Nature Conservancy

2/16/84 DP to John Doyle suggesting that William L. Sweet might be leaving GTE to do some consulting

2/16/84 DP thank you notes to people he met in Japan last month

2/6/84 DP letters announcing the second open meeting for the US-Japan Advisory Commission on Feb. 14 in Washington

2/2/85 DP to Modesto Maidique, Stanford, responding to his letter regarding the article in Sloan Management Review:  HP “is now expanding its market to office equipment and business management, but the equipment is essentially the same.”


2/2/84 DP to George M. Keller, Standard Oil, saying he cannot attend the board meeting as he was “invited to go on a special trip to China from March 22nd to April 1st with General Scowcroft and two other people to discuss matters of national security”

Undated, three-page paper titled “Schwem Instruments; Subscription Agreement”

2/1/84 DP to Choate Rosemary Hall on the Hugh Packard Chair

1/27/84 DP memo to WRH concerning San Felipe Ranch; [Archivist note: nothing of importance but one of the few communications between the founders]

1/27/84 DP to Thomas J. Perkins in which he agrees to stand for election to the Genentech Board this year

1/16/84 DP to Elliot L. Richardson: “I have been in touch with General Scowcroft and I think things are underway to join his trip to China in March.  I just wanted to give you a word of appreciation for making this trip available for me.”

1/16/84 DP to President Reagan: “For many years I have been concerned about the population crisis of the world and I firmly believe that if the population is not controlled, many other serious problems worldwide will be impossible to overcome.”  He supports William Draper, Jr. to chair the US delegation to the second world population conference in Mexico City in August 1984

1/12/83[4] DP’s schedule for trip to Japan, 1/13-18/84, for meeting of the US-Japan Advisory Commission

1/11/84 DP to Sec. of Defense Casper Weinberger expressing concern with “the broad language as to include technical data rights developed entirely at private expense”

1/6/84 DP to Daryl Arnold, president of the Western Growers Association:  “…I think the Chinese/Japanese Vegetable Trade Agreement is certainly an appropriate subject for discussion at our meeting in Japan. It seems to me the approach should be to use this as an argument to encourage them to further open the agricultural trade with the U.S.”

1/6/84 DP to Raymond S. Moore, president, Hewitt Research Foundation, Washougal WA: “I was aware that Fred Terman had some health problems during his school years, but I did not know he was a home schooler.”

1/6/84 DP to Benjamin F. Biaggini, Chairman, Southern Pacific Company, asking for support for the trolley system from Monterey to the aquarium

1/6/84 DP to John Doyle: “Here is the data on the solid state camera that might have application with our ink jet printer technology”

1/6/84 DP to Mayor Dianne Feinstein regretting that he is leaving for Japan on the day that Zhao Aiyang is visiting San Francisco but DP encloses check for $1,000 to help with reception


1/5/84 DP to Turk Murphy: “Lu and I were very pleased to have your Christmas morning message and we have enjoyed the tapes you enclosed…”

1/5/84 DP to Mrs. Willametta K. Day, Los Angeles, describing The Nature Conservancy in California:  “Again, let me tell you how much my family has enjoyed Rancho Grande.”

Box 19, Folder 26  1984  April, May, June

6/26/84 DP to Awards Board of IEEE supporting William C. Norris for the IEEE Founders Medal: “Mr. Norris is one of the outstanding leaders in the development of the computer industry. He recognized the great potential of electronic computers very early in the game and has been personally responsible for a great deal of the progress that has been made since the early 1950s.  He became Vice President and General Manager of the Univac Division of Sperry Rand and provided the wisdom and leadership to develop one of the best computer program in the country at that time. In 1957 he founded the Control Data Corporation and his record there speaks for itself, for Control Data has been one of the leaders in this highly competitive field from its founding until the present day.  Bill Norris has also been an industrial statesman in every sense of the word.  He established outstanding corporate policies at Control Data, emphasizing the highest level of integrity and public responsibility, as well as technical and business leadership.”

6/26/84 DP to David Rockefeller: “While I hope to do something for the University in the future, I am not in a position to make a commitment this year.  We are completing the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which is a family project, this fall and as usual, it is substantially above our original budget. It will open in October of this year…”

6/19/84 DP to Hicks B. Waldron, Jr., President and CEO, Avon Products, asking him to be on the HP Board, describing the job as thus: “The Board meets six times a year, generally in Palo Alto, California.  The meetings are held in the morning so directors from the East Coast can take the late afternoon flight from New York to San Francisco, stay overnight and return to New York on the afternoon flight.  We usually have one meeting a year at one of our facilities away from Palo Alto, and try to visit our operations in Europe or the Orient about every two years.  Our Directors are compensated with an annual fee of $18,000 paid on a quarterly basis, $700 for each Board meeting and $600 for each committee meeting attended.”

6/19/84 DP to Peter Moseley on the death of his father Francis, remembered “with many fond memories”


6/12/84 DP to Roger B. Smith, General Motors, about the Admiral H. G. Rickover Foundation [sent to many others]

6/12/84 DP to local business leaders on the luncheon for Elliot Richardson: “I am particularly pleased to hear his emphasis on industrial competitiveness and the need to cut the deficit down to achieve a balanced budget.  Elliot also pointed out the opportunity he has in the coming election to help extend Republican control of the Senate.  It seems unlikely any better friend of business, or any more ardent conservative, could be elected from the State of Massachusetts.  Considering the liberal alternatives, it makes good sense for all of us to contribute generously to Elliot’s campaign.”

6/7/84 DP to John Young and Bill Terry: “Will you have our legal people look into this situation and see if we have any basis to bring suit against these people [not identified] who are copying our instruments in Japan”

5/31/84 DP to Ambassador Nobuhiko Ushiba, Tokyo, summarizing DP’s visit with Sec. Schultz on May 17; three-page letter emphasizing the importance of a well working relationship between US and Japan

5/31/84 DP to Senator William V. Roth, Jr. about his “proposal to have major weapons programs taken over by a civilian acquisition agency,” a proposal DP thinks he can support as he had “suggested a separate military procurement role for officers in each of the services”; above all he feels “that some significant structural change has to be made before there can be any improvement in the procurement situation”

5/31/84 DP telegram to Sec. of the Treasury Donald T. Regan congratulating him “on the successful conclusion of the agreement with Japan to internationalize the yen and liberalize capital markets”

5/30/84 DP to Wallace Stegner inviting him to speak at the annual meeting of the California Nature Conservancy

5/1/84 DP to President of Sunchoke International whose proposal DP is not interested in although he has “grown both Jerusalem artichokes and sunflowers in my garden”


4/24/84 DP to Dr. James R. Killian endorsing the nomination of Dr. Edward E. David for the NAE Bueche Award:  “I became acquainted with Dr. David when he became Science Advisor to the President in September 1970.  I worked very closely with him on a number of important national science projects in 1970 and 1971…He clearly had a major impact on science and technology public policy during the time he was the President’s Science Advisor.  I have served with Dr. David on the White House Science Council during the past two years and he has been a strong contributor…In his professional career he has provided outstanding leadership of major technical programs; they include the Bell Laboratories, Gould, Inc. and Exxon.  Particularly in his work at Exxon he has contributed to the improvement of private sector, governmental relationship.  Again, his work has had a strong positive impact on public policy.”

4/23/84 DP’s remarks “Du Pont Context” on trade problems with Japan [3 paragraphs]:  “I believe the single issue which will most affect our relationship is that of equity and market access in trade issues.”

Undated, listing of DP’s organizations “without compensation” and “with compensation”; about 35 without; 4 with including HP, Boeing, Genentech, and Standard Oil; also gives the address, type of organization, dates involved, and office held

Undated, one-page listing of organizations in which DP holds shares and the # of shares he owns

4/12/84 DP to Davis Skaggs & Co. authorizing them to sell stock certificates held in the Alfred W. Salter Trust which is to be terminated [personal]

4/17/84 DP to Exec. Director, US-Japan Advisory Commission, outlining his comments on “our final report”; subjects include the Y/$ issue, standards and certification and custom clearance, agricultural policy, forest products area, automobile imports, computer software and VAN.  The main point is “we are asking Japan for equity and market access in trade issues.”  Commission members are: Daryl Arnold, James F. Bere, Douglas Fraser, James Hodgson, Donald Rumsfeld, William Timmons and DP

4/13/84 DP to Douglas Martin on road work on the Gamboa property

4/13/84 DP to Vice Chancellor, UC, Berkeley:  “…it is satisfactory to me that Starker Leopold’s Chair be made a permanent chair”

4/13/84 DP to Marty Pozzi recommending Steve Hoffman highly

4/13/84 DP to Eberhard Knoblauch, General Manager, Germany, asking that he “put together some thoughts…about why Germany is not keeping up” with US and Japan in the advancing field of high technology industry for the upcoming Bonn meeting

4/13/84 DP to Dudley E. Chambers of Schnectady thanking him for the nice picture of Prof. Terman and hoping to see him soon.  “I see some of my old friends from General Electric from time to time, and it was a special treat to hear from you.”

4/13/84 DP to George M. Keller, Chairman of the Board, Standard Oil, concerning Shozo Yokogawa’s new ship autopilot from the Yokogawa Electric Company which DP thought Standard Oil’s ship people “might find…worthwhile”

4/12/84 DP to Walt Wallin, Rolling Meadows, IL, on the occasion of his retirement having begun in 1948 with Crossley Associates


4/12/84 DP to Representative Newt Gingrich agreeing to meet with him.  At the bottom of the office copy DP writes: “I met with Newt Gingrich a couple of times.  He is a very bright young fellow and thinks they can put together some kind of new coalition of the young blood representatives.  He is also making a pitch for some money for the space program…”

4/5/84 DP to Lenore Randall Frank, Doug Smith, and Dennis Gere about their work on supercritical fluid technology which DP says “made an extremely important contribution to analytical chemistry technology.”  DP is sending their report to his son-in-law, Lynn Orr, who is working at the New Mexico Technology Institute in Socorro on the use of carbon dioxide for oil recovery.  “It is very gratifying to me that you have been able to make this very important innovative contribution in the environment of the Hewlett-Packard Company.  I hope you will do whatever you can to keep in our company an environment which will nurture innovation in the future of the kind you have demonstrated by your work on this problem.”

Box 19, Folder 27  1984  July, August, September

9/28/84 DP to James H. Billington, Director of The Wilson Center, agreeing to contribute $1 million to the Endowment of The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

9/28/84 DP to President of Howard University noting he would help match the $2 million should Congress designate it

9/27/84 DP to Julie Packard sending a list [not attached] of HP Bay Area employees with 30 years service for which he would like her to arrange a one-year family free pass to the Aquarium

9/27/84 DP to Margaret Richter on her retirement after 32 years. “I have been reminded that you were the first employee, the ‘Girl Friday,’ for Crossley Associates in 1952.”

9/24/84 DP to Robert A. Hanson, Chairman, Deere & Company: “You were most thoughtful to send me ‘John Deere’s Company.’  Accordingly, I have just bought another John Deere tractor.”

9/20/84 DP to Chief of the Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade who invited him to their community barbecue: “Unfortunately, I am going to be fishing in the Siskiyous on that day and can’t be with you…”

9/17/84 DP to The President in the White House submitting the report of the US-Japan Advisory Committee which he and Prime Minister Nakasone appointed last year [see also 8/20/84]

8/16/84 DP to Benjamin M. Page, Stanford Dept. of Geology, concerning the Monterey Canyon which the Aquarium will depict in model form from the info Professor Page has provided

8/16/84 DP to George S. Myers, Scotts Valley, suggesting he speak at the opening ceremony of the Aquarium


8/24/84 DP to Rube Leamons on his retirement having started at HP in 1960 in the Tool Shop of the Microwave Division.  “Your reputation for excellence in rebuilding machines, adding innovative ideas of your own, is well known throughout the entire company – ‘If Rube does it, it’s tops’”

Undated DP to business leaders inviting them to a luncheon to raise funds for the Japan-America Student Conference

8/10/84 DP to Albert L. Seligmann, Exec. Dir. of US-Japan Advisory Commission, putting in words DP’s ideas on the importance of trade balance which he wants in the report  [see also 7/24/84]

8/8/84 DP to Patrick J. Joice, Morgan Hill: “…we do not want to allow additional people to come through the San Felipe Ranch.  I understand the road, however, will be open shortly so you can get in.”

7/31/84 DP to Yugo Fujita, President, Anritsu Denki, Tokyo, about Anritsu’s selling several products that “give the impression they are merely copies of Hewlett-Packard products.” 2-page letter discussing the implications of this, “not in relation to legal remedies that may be available to us,” but the appearance to Americans that this is “an unfair way of doing business…From the work I have done, I believe the relationship of Japan and the United States has become one of the most important bilateral relationships in the world…”  [see also 7/24/84 memo to John Young and Bill Terry]

7/25/84 DP to Turk Murphy asking him to play at the opening of the Aquarium

7/25/84 DP to “Cousin Dwight” Packard, Sioux City, Iowa who wants help for private colleges and universities

7/24/84 DP to Governor Deukmejian requesting he attend the opening of the Aquarium and “cut the ribbon with me”

7/18/84 DP to Julie Packard on changes he suggests on the Saga contract for food at the Aquarium

7/17/84 DP to Sec. of State George Shultz on the event to present the publication “Private Initiatives in American Foreign Policy” by the Overseers of the Executive Council on Foreign Diplomats to the President

7/12/84 DP to the president of the Public Agenda Foundation clarifying his views on the nuclear defense issue:  “I happen to think it would be a much better world if both the U.S. and Soviets had a defense that was 80% effective with the present level of offensive weapons than no defense and only half the present level of weapons”

7/2/84 DP to Eleanor S. Metcalf, president, Faculty Senate, Uniformed Services Univ. of the Health Sciences where the David Packard Lecture has been announced

Box 19, Folder 28  1984  October, November, December

Undated, “Talking Points for Meeting between President Reagan and Prime Minister Nakasone”; ten points listed


12/19/84 DP to Sharon Jameson, Deloite, Haskins & Sells, Prince George, BC Canada, concerning taking over the interest in the Tetachuck Lodges and the Redfern Rapids facilities from W. Calder McCall as of 11/1/84; DP is president, WRH is VP, and Ernest Arbuckle is Sec. and Treas.  [see also same day letter to Harold Edes, caretaker, and to G.W. Baldwin of Wilson, King & Company; also 10/29/84 and 11/7/84 to McCall; 3/25/85 DP calls this “a fishing camp” located “about 150 miles south-west of Prince George at a place called Redfern Rapids”]

12/14/84 DP to Paul D. Wolfowitz, East Asian and Pacific Affairs in State Department, concerning compulsory licensing, Japanese imports, and reducing the trade imbalance.  DP feels the Japanese should focus more on economic growth and less on exports; 4-page letter

12/13/84 DP to John R. Pierce of Stanford Dept. of Music suggesting that he and David Woodley Packard meet to talk about computer music, etc.

11/30/84 DP orders a Wood-Mizer Sawmill for $8,710 and a Mighty Mite Sawmill for $25,280; both from Portland OR to be picked up by Richard Hacker [see also 11/13/84, 11/7/84, 10/30/84]

11/30/84 DP to Bill Craven on the subject of J. Finney letter:  “This is a serious charge – especially for one who is supposed to support the ‘HP Way.’  Will you give me a personal report on this situation?”

11/13/84 DP to Industry & Public Affairs Manager of John Fluke Mfg. Co., regretting that he cannot attend the dedication of the Memorial Museum at the corporate headquarters for John [Fluke, an old friend]

11/13/84 DP to Louis W. Cabot thanking him for the last weekend.  “It was great to be back in the beautiful Colorado mountains and the affair was thoroughly enjoyable, even though we didn’t do very well on the hunting.”

11/13/84 DP to John Doyle about NEOTEK’s president’s request:  “It seems to me we have been really impolite in dealing with this young man…we are getting a little arrogant in some of these matters.”

11/8/84 DP to Rep. Ed Zschau:  “If you waste money on junk like this, there won’t be any kilobucks from me next time.”  [“junk” not identified]

11/8/84 DP to John Young and John Doyle on Ogura Jewel Industry Co. suggesting that “we should look into [this company] as a possible joint venture or association.  This technology could be very important.”  [several letters this month suggest this kind of association with different companies]

11/1/84 DP to President Yogo Fujita of Anritsu Electric Company arranging for meeting of both staffs “in discussing the matters between our two companies” [see also 10/1/84]


11/1/84 DP telegram to Shozo Yokogawa “Congratulations on your receiving the second order of the sacred treasure from the Emperor…this is a well deserved honor.”

10/31/84 DP to HP “Koala-T” members, Loveland Instrument Division: “Dear Fellow Employees,” congratulating them on “working on some quality problems in the production of the 9100-4266…While savings you have been able to make with your work on this project are important, it is even more important that your work should improve the reliability and the quality of our products…”

10/26/84 DP to Stanford Univ. sending $20,000 “an additional payment towards our pledge to the Arbuckle Chair at the Stanford Graduate School of Business”

10/9/84 DP to Tiny Yewell expressing pleasure at hearing from him again.  “When you are out here at David’s please give me a buzz…”

10/1/84 DP to Bruce Elliott, Dept. of Fish and Game: “We plan to put turkeys on the Gamboa Point property.  This is about 2000 feet above sea level and habitat very much like San Felipe”; invites him down to see if it would be suitable for turkeys

10/1/84 DP to Andy Sackman of Pueblo CO: “I don’t feel that our family needs any special recognition in Pueblo…I have no objection to having the [Boy Scout] camp named the Sperry S. Packard Camping Center”

Box 19, Folder 29    1985 January, February, March

3/27/85 Barney Oliver to DP and WRH suggesting that Jerry O’Neill come to California to meet with them and Luis Alvarez about “the satellite based navigation system which he thinks is great. I think it is too. It represents an unusual investment opportunity…”

3/27/85 DP invites people to a luncheon in Wash DC given by the Executive Council on Foreign Diplomats with a speech by George Shultz on the Council’s 23 years of service to the country

3/25/85 DP to Jaquelin Hume, San Francisco: “While I am fully supportive of President Reagan and believe he is doing an outstanding job, it does not follow that I agree with all of his policies…For that reason I would prefer to speak for myself on issues that Citizens for America plan to address, and I would not want to support an organization that is likely to end up espousing positions with which I disagree…”

3/25/85 DP to President Richard M. Nixon: “You were most thoughtful to send me a copy of your recent book, ‘No More Vietnams’…I am quite sure it will become a major contribution to future United States foreign policy.”


3/25/85 DP to Chris Nelson, San Felipe Ranch:  “…I think you should go ahead and get the 100 hp John Deere tractor…I would suggest that you get the 4-wheel drive model…[good for] working in hilly country. I have one down at the Elkhorn Slough property and the 4-wheel drive is a great improvement. I would like to look at the possibility of using the engine from the wrecked tractor to operate a pump at the Elkhorn Slough property.  I told Bill Hewlett he might be contributing his one-half interest in the wreck for this purpose…”

3/22/85 DP to Emery Rogers concerning HP funding for the National Academy of Engineering

3/15/85 DP letters to editors of the Washington Post and New York Times concerning publication of his views on US-Japan relations [his views are not expressed]

3/15/85 DP to Wei Ming-Yi, Chairman, China HP, Beijing, offering congratulations “for the official initiation of our joint-venture company…This is the first significant step in the establishment of a closer partnership following our cooperation which began more than three years ago…”

3/11/85 DP to Thomas G. McMillan, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, a long letter on the purpose of the Foundation and the use of private and public funds.  “I strongly believe the foundation should only consider projects for which the Federal government is willing to match on a dollar for dollar basis.  Otherwise, I would much prefer an independent private organization, such as The Nature Conservancy.”  [see also 1/8/85 DP to Sec. of the Interior William Clark agreeing to serve on the board of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for a four-year term ending Nov. 1988]

3/11/85 DP to Nicholas F. Brady, a long letter on government employee salaries; also allowances for congressional staff and office expenses; relates to his work on government laboratory personnel

3/5/85 DP to Mrs. Carolyn S. Young, Bellaire TX:  “I am sorry to hear about the difficulty you have had with the HP-33E.  I don’t think that was a very good product.  Accordingly, I am arranging to send you one of our new HP-11C calculators which I think will do a very good job for you.”

3/6/85 DP to John Minck: “I appreciate your note about the 367 Addison place and the Polly & Jake Tinkerbell building. You are right in saying that I am not very sentimental about these places and I guess it is because I’ve heard so much about them over the years I am quite tired of the whole thing.  I would have no objection if someone in the company wants to do something about these buildings, but I would not want to take any initiative in the matter.”


3/6/85 DP to H. H. Harrison on utilizing the power of waves and tides in the ocean; the power is thinly dispersed and therefore not useful [see also 2/20/85]

[Many personal letters asking for help which DP usually refuses in a letter often gracefully worded]

2/27/85 DP to Shozo Yokogawa expressing regret that his wife Mariko cannot be on the California visit because her dog is ill [see also 1/28/85 memo DP to WRH]

2/26/85 DP to Stanford president and board of trustees expressing displeasure with their action “in respect to Motorola’s involvement in South Africa” and ending with: “I am withholding any further…contributions to Stanford until this matter has been finally settled…”

2/20/85 DP to Mrs. Patricia Walker Burke, Pueblo CO: “You were very thoughtful to send me your note about your father and Neal McNaughton. I remember your father very well because I was involved in amateur radio at the time. I suppose in the very real sense your father had something to do with getting me started in radio and then electronics…”

2/20/85 DP pledges to Jack Melchor and Neilson Buchanan one million dollars for the El Camino Hospital Foundation from himself and Lu

2/20/85 DP to Lt. Gen. Daniel O. Graham donating $5,000 to High Frontier: “I am convinced we should move ahead with the non-nuclear position of the SDI as soon as possible…”

2/20/85 DP to Bruce A. Brege, Genentech Clinical Partners, sending $18,182 “as next installment payment on my promissory note…”

2/14/85 DP to George A. Carver, Jr. supporting the study on the Joint Chiefs structure

2/14/85 DP to Ambassador Yoshio Okawara wishing him well

2/8/85 DP to Sony CEO Akio Morita about The Nature Conservancy

1/28/85 DP to Vince Yaras: “I am sorry to hear of your health problems…I often recall the many good times we had working together over the years, and you may be sure all the gang here are praying for your speedy recovery…”

1/25/85 DP to Japanese Embassy with a quote for publication on the death of Ambassador Nobuhiko Ushiba [see also 2/1/85]

1/25/85 DP to Paul D. Wolfowitz, Assistant Sec. for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Dept. of State, concerning setting trade targets with Japan [see also 1/25/85 to W.J. Sanders, Advanced Micro Devices]

1/17/85 DP memo to Pete Peterson: “Thanks for your note about ‘HP Way at Components.’ I think you have handled it well.”


1/17/85 DP to Mae Stephen:  “I was not in favor of President Reagan’s decision to have the Pentagon more thoroughly involved in High Tech exports. I think, indeed, it may hurt Silicon Valley’s overseas sales. I didn’t, however, subscribe to the theory described in the Armageddon network.”

1/17/85 DP to John Young: “A fellow named Bill Fenchuk sent us some material from the early 40’s to go to the Hewlett-Packard Museum.  In the course of that, he brought to my attention a new organization they are putting together in the telecommunications area, and I asked him to send me some information about it.  The name is Orbitron Communications, Inc.  I have looked it over and I doubt that we would have any interest in following up…”  [see later note saying no to a financial request from Orbitron]

1/14/85 Margaret Paull to Corporate Communications of Chevron returning corrected manuscript of interview with DP for the winter edition of Chevron World

1/8/85 DP to Edward G. Jefferson, Chairman, duPont, thanking him for agreeing to serve on the Executive Committee of the Private Sector Council

1/8/85 DP to Vernon Cash Zimmerman: “The Cunningham Ranch is a personal project of Mr. Hewlett’s and mine and does not involve the Hewlett-Packard Company.”  They are not interested in purchasing near-by property

1/8/85 DP to Roy Anderson, Lockheed: “Our foundation has decided to confine its efforts in performing arts to the Santa Clara and Monterey counties. These areas in the past have received very little financial support and we have decided to help them rather than San Francisco or Los Angeles, both of which have a strong record of support for the performing arts.”

[Several requests for money from organizations in the Pueblo CO area; DP has assigned a local committee to handle such requests; about $100,000 is assigned annually to the area]

1/8/85 DP to Edson W. Spencer, Honeywell, concerning the use of the US-Japan Advisory Commission report at the press conference with Pres. Reagan and Prime Minister Nakasone; DP says “the next step is to help Secretary Shultz prepare a specific agenda for action”

1/7/85 DP’s public statement for the 21st Annual Marketing Conference in Tokyo


Series 6 Box 20  CHRONOLOGY FILES   1985 – 1991

Folder 1  1985 April, May, June

6/24/85 DP’s personal data statement for members of the Commission on Defense Management

6/21/85 DP to Global Committee of Parliamentarians on Population and Development saying he will not join the Committee’s activities


6/21/85 DP to Harvey Zieber, Paducah TX: “I often think back on the good fun we had getting the company started.  We certainly didn’t have any idea how it was going to turn out when we started out in that garage in Palo Alto.”

6/21/85 DP to Mrs. John M. Cage, Yuba City CA: “I was very saddened to learn that John passed away last week.  We became acquainted in Schnectady, New York, in 1935 and we have been good friends all these years since.  John was a wonderful man with lots of ability and lots of enthusiasm.  He will be missed by his many friends.”

6/14/85 DP to Fred Fielding, Counsel to the President, White House, with a chart of government sales and contractors for HP; 80% of government sales are to DOD

[Several letters on renovations and equipment purchases at Tetachuck; see 5/24/85 for purchase of Twin Otter Aircraft for $510,000]

5/31/85 DP to Daniel Robinson, Fort Collins CO:  “My own writing skills were not very good in my early career but I learned a great deal from reading a book entitled ‘The Art of Readable Writing’ by Rudolph Flesch.  Management Accounting and Business Law were two very important courses for me outside of my major.  You have my permission to publish my remarks.”

5/28/85 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington DC to meet with President 5/30

5/24/85 DP to James F. Boccardo: “Mrs. Packard went to Mexico City to see some of his [Ricardo Legoretta, architect] work last week.  She is on the committee to select the architect for the new technology center…”

5/13/85 DP to Dr. James Corum, West VA Univ. about the

proposed Nikola Tesla Memorial Laboratory at Colorado Springs.  DP is not impressed with his work and he “is certainly not the recognized inventor of the radio.”

[Several letters in this past year about hunting and fishing trips, some with “Bill and Rosie”]

5/6/85 DP to Harold O. Dugan, Menlo Park, on his retirement after 34 years at HP.  “Throughout the entire company you are known as the father of HP’s manufacturing specs activities, as the responsible author of our documentation standards, and have personally trained employees in this important assignment throughout all of our divisions.”

4/29/85 DP to Stanford President Donald Kennedy thanking him “for the stand you have taken on the South Africa issue”

4/29/85 DP to UCB President David Gardner, 3-page letter trying to educate him on HP’s South Africa policy

4/26/85 DP to Times Books giving an endorsement of Brotherhood of Arms: General Dynamics and the Business of Defending America by J. B. Goodwin.  “…book is a clarion call to get on with a complete overhaul of Defense’s procurement policies, which are wasting billions of taxpayers’ dollars”


4/24/85 DP letters explaining HP policy on South Africa: “…I want to explain…that Hewlett-Packard is involved in South Africa because we think it is a socially responsible thing to do.  Clearly, the apartheid policy is evil in every aspect and the black population in that country is having a very difficult time….Even complete divestiture of all American companies from South Africa would have no effect on the Government in terms of changing its policy.  I have been in that country, met with the Prime Minister and many people on both sides of the issue, and I am firmly convinced that withdrawing American business would probably harden the attitude of the South African government and accomplish nothing.  The involvement of the Hewlett-Packard Company and most other American businesses brings an opportunity for at least a limited number of black people in that country to enjoy the economic rights they deserve.  In our operation there we treated our black employees in the same way we treat our other employees all over the world.  They have a chance to advance and some of them have professional positions.  In addition to that we are supporting a number of educational opportunities for black people in that country, and above all I feel the Hewlett-Packard Company establishes in South Africa a worthy example of how the black population there should be dealt with.  As far as I am concerned, we intend to continue our activities in South Africa precisely as they are because we think we can be a positive factor in dealing with the unfortunate situation in that country…”

4/17/85 DP to John Fluke, Jr.: “…it is definitely not the policy of the Hewlett-Packard Company to refuse to do business with companies that compete with us.  I will bring your letter to the attention of the appropriate people…if you encounter further experiences of this kind, please let me know.”  DP sends letter on to John Young with note:  “Will you please do your best to see that this kind of a problem does not come up again?”

4/17/85 DP to State Senator Jim Nielsen about mountain lions on his ranch in the Mt. Hamilton Range

4/16/85 DP to Judge Charles R. Richey deploring the resignation of Paul Thayer from DOD and urging a sentence of community service rather than prison term

4/15/85 DP to Yugo Fujita, Anritsu Electric Co., thanking him on “the successful conclusion of these negotiations…basis for a long term, constructive relationship between our two companies”

4/1/85 DP to Biologist Michael Houser:  “I have been personally involved in a private hatchery near Santa Cruz raising and releasing salmon and steelhead.  To date they have had practically no success and I would not want to support another such venture.”


4/1/85 DP to Arnold O. Beckman congratulating him on the 50th anniversary of the founding of Beckman Instruments.  “It took a great deal of courage for you to found a new company in 1935…It has been an honor for me to have known you and worked with you over many of these last fifty years.”

Box 20 Folder 2                   1985 July, August, September

9/30/95 DP to Dr. Miachel von Clemm, Credit Suisse First Boston Limited, London: “It was a great experience to be with you and your friends at the White Wing dove hunt.  Not only was the shooting the best I have ever seen, but there were many enjoyable conversations to add to the pleasure of being with you.”

9/30/85 DP donates “100,000 shares of HP common stock against our pledge of $20 million for the New Children’s Hospital” at Stanford

9/27/85 DP’s trip schedule to Japan 9/30-10/5

9/23/85 DP’s trip schedule to Washington DC

9/23/85 DP to Professor Hugh Patrick, Columbia Univ., inviting him to make the trip to Japan with the members of the US-Japan Advisory Commission as only DP and Jim Hodgson from US can go.  “Because we will be meeting with a number of important people in Japan, including the Prime Minister, we would like…to have you join us…Your knowledge and understanding about the U.S.-Japan relationship would be very helpful to Jim Hodgson and me and Secretary Shultz agrees.  I believe this private mission can be very important at this particular time…”

9/17/85 DP to Representative Don Fuqua saying he “will have a detailed written statement prepared for distribution to the subcommittee” on “Science in the Mission Agencies and Federal Laboratories”

9/16/85 DP to Frederick B. Ziesenheim, Selection Committee, National Inventors Hall of Fame, supporting WRH’s nomination: “His patent, No. 2,268,827, for a variable frequency oscillator generator was in a sense on a rather simple straight-forward idea.  For that reason it was a clearly defined invention and an innovative contribution that made an audio oscillator using resistance and capacitance elements a practical and very useful device.


“Probably the most important aspect of this invention was that it assured the commercial success of my partnership with Mr. Hewlett from the very beginning, and convinced us that we should concentrate our company’s involvement in electronic instruments from the very beginning.  This success of this audio oscillator based on Mr. Hewlett’s invention encouraged us to develop several related instruments for audio frequency measurement.  During the first two or three years of our company (from 1939 until 1942) the audio frequency oscillator and its related instruments provided the foundation on which the Hewlett-Packard Company has been able to grow into the largest manufacturer of electronic instruments in the world.  In other words, Mr. Hewlett’s invention was the keystone to a major contribution over four and one half decades of major contributions to electronic measurement technology and equipment.”

9/16/85 DP to Jack A. Drown, Drown News Agency: “I apologize for not finding time to see you before now.  This new assignment on defense management I have taken on is very important but the President wants some answers on a very tight schedule and I have hardly a day for myself for the rest of the year. I want to talk to President Nixon about this defense matter when he returns from his overseas trip and I will be pleased to include a discussion of the Nixon library when I see him.”

9/14/85 DP’s trip schedule to Washington DC 9/16-20

9/13/85 DP to Kendric B. Morrish, Walnut Creek: “We missed you at the hunt this year and I was pleased to hear that you have had a good report from your doctor.  Actually, the hunt was very poor.  We only got seven (7) deer all together.  I was fortunate to get a couple and I will have at least 1 or possibly 2 for the Bohemian luncheon next year.  I am having these cut up in the next few days, and if you will let me know where, I will have them delivered for you.”

9/13/85 DP letter to Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Sieppert on their work at the Tetachuck Lodges with salary details

9/13/85 DP memo to WRH on “Dengue Fever Research”: “I don’t see how I could do anything for this project at this time. I thought you ought to look at it.  You can respond for both of us.”

9/13/85 DP to Representative Leon L. Panetta: “In response to your letter…I am already involved in encouraging the Navy to keep the facilities you have referred to at the Navy Post Graduate School.  There is, as you know, a lot of pressure from Senator Stennis to get part of these activities down to the Bay Saint Louis area.”

9/6/85 DP’s trip schedule to Washington DC 9/8-11

9/5/85 DP to Steve Duer on 35 years at HP: “Your 35 years represent 20 issues of the HP catalog, 12,000 pages of copy, and millions of customers around the world who have looked at those pages.  In those 20 issues of catalog, HP’s most important selling tool, you have put in hundreds of hours of over-time and also have become an expert in printing and the art of buying the best paper for the lowest cost. Steve, as one HP veteran to another, I hope we can count on your valuable and dedicated talents for a long time to come.”


9/5/85 DP to GM Doug Carnahan, HP Boise, suggesting he give some thought to “upgrading the quality of education in Idaho”

9/4/85 DP to Ralph Osterling on planting and watering systems for Elkhorn Slough

8/30-9/1 DP and WRH list of invited hunters to the San Felipe Ranch Deer Hunt

8/23/85 DP thank you note to Benjamin F. Biaggini and “Associated Fishermen” [listed] for “Steuben trout complete with fly” [see also 8/7/85 to William Calder McCall]

8/19/85 DP to Dr. Henry M. Gunn on his retirement as a trustee of the HP Scholarship Fund after 33 years.  “I often look back to the time we worked together on the Palo Alto School Board…”

8/12/85 DP’s trip schedule to Washington DC 8/13-16

8/12/85 DP to Charles A. Anderson: “I have not been satisfied with the direction of the negotiations on the New Children’s Hospital at Stanford and I have prepared a paper which outlines the conditions under which Mrs. Packard and I would be willing to increase our commitment from $20 million to $60 million.  I am circulating this draft for comments before I send it as an official response to the proposal dated December 18, 1984.  I will be out of the office the rest of the week but I hope we can have this matter settled by August 19 and either get on with the job or call the whole thing off.”

8/9/85 DP to Adrian Garsia thanking her for her undergraduate thesis on the history of the Gamboa Point properties

8/8/85 DP to W. Tompie Hall, Government Contract Systems, Dallas: HP “does only limited business with the Department of Defense and this is done strictly on commercial products, so we are not involved in the current acquisition environment to any extent.”

7/19/85 DP to Representative Tom Lantos thanking him “for the more than gracious words in the Congressional Record on June 27”

7/18/85 DP to Ernest Arbuckle who has agreed to serve on the President’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Defense Management; chief of staff for the Commission is Rhett Dawson, 736 Jackson Place, NW, Washington DC

7/12/85 DP’s trip schedule to Washington DC 7/14-17

7/8/85 DP to Richard M. Nixon thanking him for his note: “I, myself, have doubts about whether anything very useful can be done about the Department of Defenses management, but I think the climate may be better than it has been for some time, and in any case I am going to make a run for it.  I would like to have some of your ‘revolutionary ideas’ to consider and I hope you will send them on to me in the near future…”


7/3/85 untitled draft of one-page essay on Japanese industry in competing in US domestic market noting good research done by Berkeley Roundtable on International Economy [is an endorsement of BRIE; see 7/8 to John Zysman, BRIE Director]

7/1/85 DP to Rudolph J. Sgro, President Sgro Enterprises: “I recall very well the work of the ‘Fluke Task Force’ and the recommendations made to the Defense Department, and enjoyed a very long time friendship with John Fluke beginning in the early days when we both worked at General Electric.  He was a good and true friend.”

Box 20, Folder 3  1985 October, November, December

12/20/85 DP to John A. Young informing/inviting him to the luncheon on January 13 he is hosting at the Pacific Union Club in honor of Congressman Bob Michel

12/18/85 DP to President David G. Thornton, YMCA Palo Alto Center, enclosing personal check for $246,125, the balance of his original pledge to contribute $500,000 for the joint building project with El Camino Hospital in Mountain View.  “The accepted practice on gifts is that they are evaluated on the date of transfer.  I am, therefore, using $253,875 as the value of the stock gift.  It is unfortunate you sold it too soon for $243,000.  If you held it until now you would have received $288,000.”

12/18/85 DP to Policy Analyst Mary Gant, Office of Science & Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President, Washington DC: “…Allan Bromley asked me to let you know what the specific rules are for tax credits for equipment given to universities.  The credit is for the manufacturing cost plus one-half the difference between the cost and the selling price…It applies only to gifts of equipment to departments involved in Physical and Biological Sciences.  This includes engineering: equipment for teaching, as well as research.”

12/18/85 DP to Dr. George A. Keyworth II expressing regret at his leaving his “job in Washington because you have made an immensely important contribution to our country…”

12/18/85 DP to Don Sebastiani, Sonoma, saying he has “decided that I do not want to become involved at this time in the Lt. Governor race…I will try and be helpful” to the winner of the primary

12/17/85 DP to Charles H. Townes, Dept. of Physics, UC Berkeley, responding his request to use the Big Creek property.  He notes that “the fire did go right through the entire property, destroyed every old building on the place.  We have been trying to get some re-seeding done and some of the roads cleaned up.  I hope this may provide an opportunity for me to build a better access road…”


12/17/85 DP to Richard Helms: “…I think the issue raised in your letter of October 8th should be considered simply in terms of the fact that Boeing thinks they have enough consultants at this time…”

12/16/85 DP to Stanford sending a personal check for $10,000 for his final payment on the pledge of $50,000 “for the acquisition of the Scofield Collection”

12/16/85 DP to Stanford enclosing his personal check for $20,000 for his 1985 payment toward his pledge “to the Arbuckle Chair at the Stanford Graduate School of Business”

12/16/85 DP sends $75,000 to The Salvation Army Santa Clara County Building Campaign

12/16/85 DP sends $25,000 representing his second payment on his pledge to the Foundation for Management Education in Central America

12/16/85 DP sends $25,000 toward his pledge for the chair in National Security Studies at the Center for International Affairs, Harvard University

12/16/85 DP sends $100,000 as his third payment on his pledge made to Castilleja School, Palo Alto

12/16/85 DP sends $25,000 to the Bob Hope Village, Fort Walton Beach FL

12/16/85 DP sends $30,000 to complete his pledge to the American Academy of Pediatrics’ building fund

12/16/85 DP sends $10,000 to complete his pledge to the United Nations Association, chaired by Elliot L. Richardson

12/16/85 DP sends $5,000 to the United Negro College Fund

12/16/85 DP sends $5,000 to the National Urban League

12/16/85 DP sends $5,000 to the National Strategy Information

Center, New York

12/16/85 DP sends $5,000 to the Lincoln University Foundation, San Francisco

12/16/85 DP sends $5,000 to The Heritage Foundation, Washington DC

12/16/85 DP sends $5,000 to Charls [sic] E. Walker, Committee on THE PRESENT DANGER.  “I am glad to know you are continuing your active participation with this group and admire your efforts.”

12/6/85 DP to L. A. (Pat) Byland, Chairman Emeritus, Hughes Aircraft Company, thanking him for the letter concerning his days as Deputy Secretary of Defense when Byland was on the Industry Advisory Committee. “Unfortunately, the situation is worse than it was in 1970 and some of the things we tried to do at that time failed to take root.  The environment is better today because of the greatly increased concern about the Defense Department, and I hope we have a little better luck in making some recommendations that will actually improve the situation.  At the same time, I realize the chances are not very good.”


12/6/85 DP letters thanking correspondents for suggestions for the President’s committee on defense procurement procedures [actually named Defense Management Commission]

12/6/85 DP schedule of trip to Washington DC 12/8-12

12/2/85 DP sends $1,000 to the American Camping Association

11/22/85 DP to William F. Buckley, Jr.: “It was very thoughtful of you to send me a copy of your new book, Right Reason, and I intend to take it along with me on Thanksgiving holidays for my recreation.  I really was pleased to know of your enthusiasm for the HP Laserjet.”

Undated DP affidavit for Lester Crown for security clearance

11/21/85 DP detailed response to Representative Don Fugua’s questions from the House Committee on Science and Technology including his support for a personnel management program for federal laboratories, and his belief in federal support for research and the establishment of new federal labs especially when new important missions are identified.  “Basic research in industry is being done extensively in some industries, although the universities and the government do a much larger share.  In the electronic industry the research laboratories of the General Electric Company and the Bell Telephone Laboratories did a great deal of basic research in the early days before World War II.  Other large organizations such as IBM also support basic research.  Du Pont and other companies in the chemical industry have had strong programs in basic research over the years, but at the same time it is true that some industries do very little basic research.”  DP supports the tax credit for research and development “even though the larger part of industry research is directed toward specific new product development.  I do not believe the compartmentalization of research by government and academia and development by industry is necessarily bad.”  DP believes in closer communication among the participating parties and thinks there are a number of programs by federal labs which enable industry to learn what they are doing and to receive help.  Also, he points out that industry is supporting research at the universities across the country and thereby is increasing communications.  “The only basic recommendation I could make would be to modify the tax credit for research to allow it to extend to basic research supported by industry at universities and other independent research organizations.”


11/21/85 DP to J. Gvishiani, State Committee for Science and Technology, Moscow, USSR, in response to his letter: “I hope the Summit Meeting which is going on this week will provide an opportunity for the United States and the Soviet Union to restore a more productive working relationship. Congratulations on your new assignment, and I hope I will have the opportunity of seeing you again some time in the near future.”

11/21/85 DP to the President sending regrets on not being able to attend the Founders Dinner of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation although he is pleased to join the Trustees of the Foundation; see 11/11/85 for DP to Foundation Chairman W. Glenn Campbell saying that he cannot attend the meeting of the Board of Governors of the Foundation on Dec. 14th

11/21/85 DP to Winton M. (Red) Blount sends $5,000 for the Endowment Fund for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival

11/20/85 DP sends $10,000 to the Hoover Presidential Library Association

11/20/85 DP sends $1,000 to the Foundation for Teaching Economics, mainly to junior high students

11/20/85 DP sends $5,000 to Fisk University

11/20/85 DP sends $1,000 to the Fellowship of Christian

Athletes, Fresno

11/20/85 DP sends $5,000 to the American-Arab Affairs Council, Washington DC

11/20/85 DP sends $5,000 to the Alternative Educational Foundation, Bloomington IN

11/20/85 DP sends $5,000 to the Alliance to Save Energy, Washington DC

11/19/85 DP sends $5,000 Accuracy in Media, Washington DC

11/19/85 DP to Den Norris, Academic Manager, Big Creek Reserve, UC, Environmental Field Program, concerning the property at the Gamboa Point Flat. “Perhaps the difficulty was that your people seemed to have assumed that our property would go to the University of California some time in the near future.  We have, in fact, not yet decided how we want to handle the property.  Three hundred acres are reserved for our children and I cannot get them to decide what three hundred acres they might like and there are other uncertainties…”

11/19/85 DP sends $2500 to the World Affairs Council, San Francisco

11/19/85 DP to David C. Foust, Worthington OH, thanking him for the pictures and correspondence between their mothers.  “I remember your mother very well from the several times I visited, particularly the trip in 1935 on my way to General Electric.  If you have any other notes that might involve my mother, I would be pleased to have them, although I am not particularly interested in genealogy.” [personal]

11/19/85 DP to Holmes Tuttle, Los Angeles, pleased he would meet with Ed Zschau.  “I frankly think he has the best chance of beating Cranston, although I realize he did not support the President on several important issues.”


11/19/85 DP to B.(Ben) F. Biaggini, San Francisco: “…I do not want to support the March 4 dinner for the Governor.  He has not been at all helpful to our industry and he should not expect support from the AEA and other Silicon Valley industries if he is not even willing to meet with them to discuss areas where agreement might be possible.”

11/19/85 DP sends $5,000 to the Museum of Flight, Seattle, in memory of William M. Allen; see letter the same day to Mrs. Allen. “I was terribly saddened to learn that Bill had passed away.  He was a great man and has been a good friend to me in many ways over the years.”

11/19/85 DP to President J. Richard Sajbel, Manitou Corporation, Manitou Springs CO: “…It is difficult for me to intercede with the Secretary of Commerce when I am not familiar with the details of the problem.  Generally speaking I have  learned over the years that lack of sufficient working capital is seldom the real problem.  It is usually lack of good management.  I am sorry, therefore, I can not be helpful.”

11/19/85 DP to Mr. and Mrs. Neil Lunt outlining the problems he and WRH had with their work at the ranch and the San Jose headquarters.  He explains why they were asked to resign including their poor handling of firing Gary Martinez.  “In the entire history of our ranching operation this is the first time a supervisor has handled a personnel problem so poorly that it has caused a lawsuit.”

11/11/85 DP to President Tadashi Yamamoto, Japan Center for International Exchange, Tokyo: “…please express my appreciation to Mr. Takeshi Yasukawa for his comments about our joint statement…There is clearly a need for U.S. industry to do a better job in adapting their products and services to the Japanese market.  I probably should have included something more on this subject in our statement.  I was able to give our statement to Secretary Shultz who also discussed it with the President before his meeting with the Prime Minister last month.  All in all, I think our visit was very worthwhile and you were most helpful to make the visit not only worthwhile but enjoyable.”

11/11/85 DP to Douglas Martin, Pasadena, about the possibility of a right of way for Dr. Gamboa through the George Harlan property.  George’s son Don has agreed to this for Dr. Gamboa’s personal use, but he would not make it permanent.  “I checked again and there is no other access from our property to the highway except the two jeep trails, one through the property formerly owned by George Harlan and the other through the property formerly owned by Marion Harlan.  I am looking at the possibility of another place where a road to the highway might be constructed…”

11/11/85 DP to Elliot L. Richardson agreeing to serve on the Advisory Council of the Hitachi Foundation “with the understanding I may be unable to attend very many meetings…”


11/11/85 DP to President Shozo Yokogawa, Yokagawa Hokushin Electric Corporation, expressing regrets that Shozo cannot attend the HP Board meeting.  “I am pleased to hear about the plans for YEW’s 70th anniversary scheduled for November 1986 and will mark this date on my calendar and try to arrange to join you…”

11/11/85 DP to John Zysman, Director BRIE, UCB, sending $15,000 to help with BRIE publications having to do with the US-Japan Advisory Commission papers

11/11/85 DP sends $10,000 to the Capital Legal Foundation to help reduce the debt of the Westmoreland case

11/8/85 DP’s trip schedule to Washington DC 11/11-15

11/7/85 DP to Sanford N. McDonnell, Chairman and CEO, McDonnell Douglas Corp., thanking him for his note: “It certainly sounds as though the Navy is getting away off base.  I will pass this information on to the member of our commission.”

11/7/85 DP to Senator Jeff Bingaman regarding the poor job the US semi-conductor companies are doing “in responding to the requirements of the Japanese market…”

Many letters from unknown individuals requesting financial aid; DP has a firm policy not to provide help on a personal basis

11/6/85 DP memo to Kaz Latven, SID, thanking him for the instrumentation program for the Aquarium which is at a standstill because there is not a specific project to work on: “I am, however, exploring an area with Dr. Carl Djerassi at Stanford that may involve going ahead with the instrumentation…”

10/31/85 DP transfers 1200 shares of Chevron common stock to the Colorado College

10/31/85 DP transfers 6000 shares of Seagram common stock to the El Camino Hospital Foundation

10/31/85 DP transfers 5000 shares of J.P. Morgan common stock to The Wolf Trap Foundation

10/31/85 DP to Secretary of the Interior Donald P. Hodel: “I strongly support the Coordinated Operation Agreement (COA) between the Federal Bureau of Reclamation and the California Department of Water Resources…a major positive step toward a cooperative approach…”; see also same letter to Senator James A. McClure

10/31/85 DP pledges $250,000 to the University of Chicago for an endowed chair to honor George Shultz, if the plan goes ahead to create such a chair

10/25/85 DP’s scheduled trip to Seattle, 10/27-28

10/23/85 DP to Toby Trister Gati, VP for Policy Studies, UN Assoc. of the USA, expressing regrets he couldn’t attend joint meeting between UNA and the Beijing Institute; will host a dinner in San Francisco with the Asia Foundation for General Xu Xin and a visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium


10/18/85 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington DC 10/21-22 to testify before the House Committee on Science & Technology

10/17/85 DP memo to Ernie Brioza on the Merced Wetland Proposal:  “We should go ahead with all the plans suggested including the development of all of Section 26 and our part of 28 for wildfowl…optimize the development for wildlife.”

10/16/85 DP to President Reagan conveying to him a letter by Bernard Oliver on hijacking and “lack of moral courage displayed by certain Mediterranean nations,” suggesting embargo on US air flights or warning to US tourists that they forfeit their US protection when visiting these countries; DP praises Oliver but said nothing on the issue

10/15/85 DP to Amos A. Jordan, Center for Strategic & International Studies, Georgetown University, raising questions, especially about the steering group, but agreeing to send $50,000

10/3/85 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington DC 10/7-12

Box 20, Folder 4  1986 January, February, March

3/21/86 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington DC 3/23-26

3/19/86 DP to Dina Rasor, Director, Project on Military Procurement: “I finally had a chance to read your ‘Pentagon Underground.’  I was particularly interested in the description of the M-1 tank because when I was at the Pentagon 16 years ago we had started working on the tank and I concluded that a turbine engine was a mistake and directed the tank be designed with a diesel engine, which I knew would be much more reliable.  After I left my decision was reversed, and I am not surprised they are having trouble with reliability.  Our recommendations on Defense Management are directed towards taking these important decisions away from the Services and giving the new under Secretary for Acquisitions full authority to get questions like this straightened out before full scale development…”

3/18/86 DP to Dorothy Varian, Cupertino saying “Lu and I would be pleased to join as a member of a ‘Committee of 100′ for continuing support of the development of county parks and trails

3/18/86 DP to Hugh G. Fassett: “…I frankly do not have any trouble about the proposed association of the Crocker Bank with the Wells Fargo Bank…I think it would be very difficult to raise enough money to acquire the bank and I would prefer to let things go ahead as they are now planned.”

3/12/86 DP to Ivan Selvin, Chairman, National Aquarium Society, Washington DC, sending $5,000 to help with the National Aquarium


3/12/86 DP to Clifton Garvin, Jr., Chairman, Exxon Corp., recommending Frank Shrontz for membership in the Business Council: “He served several years in the Defense Department  and this background together with the important responsibility as CEO of The Boeing Company makes him uniquely qualified”

3/12/86 DP to Chris Nelson, Manager, San Felipe Ranch, telling him “to fit in any projects to improve the buildings on the San Jose and Los Huecos ranches…”

3/7/86 DP to Richard Nixon coordinating times to visit during Nixon’s time in San Francisco when DP is co-hosting a reception for the former President

3/7/86 DP donates $10,000 for Taxpayers for Fair Responsibility

3/3/86 DP to Innotech Aviation, Vancouver, authorizing the overhaul of the Pratt & Whitney engine for his Twin Otter [see 2/4/86 for info on bill of sale for the DeHavilland Twin Otter aircraft and the spare parts and pontoons for $510,000 US dollars on 6/7/85]

3/3/86 DP to Donald Kennedy, President, Stanford University: “I am pleased to hear that the contracts between the boards of Stanford University, Stanford Hospital, the Medical School and New Children’s and Old Children’s Hospitals are almost completed…I have prepared a draft of a new pledge agreement…”

3/3/86 DP to Jimmy Carter responding to his “excellent comments” on Defense Management

3/3/86 DP to Walter B. Gerken, Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Co., Newport Beach, sending $10,000 for Californians to Limit Campaign Spending

3/3/86 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington DC 3/4-6

3/3/86 DP to Wesley Petit, Crocker National Bank, with orders to sell stocks from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation [listed]

3/3/86 DP to President of Stanford transferring 100,000 shares of HP common stock for the new Children’s Hospital

3/3/86 DP to Noboru Takagi, President, Tokyo Engineering University, congratulating him on the inauguration of Tokyo Engineering University on April 15.  “…I could not let this event pass without taking the opportunity to tell you how I feel about its importance.  As you may know, no single element in the long road of success experienced by Hewlett-Packard has had more influence than our association with universities….”

2/27/886 DP to Warren Berl, Sutro & Co., asking for contributions to the Republican Leader’s Fund to keep Republican seats in the House [same letter to John B. Bates, Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro]

2/15/86 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington DC 2/25-28

2/25/86 DP to Genentech Clinical Partners, enclosing $18,182 as final payment on promissory note


2/25/86 DP to Empire Tractor and Equipment Co. for John Deer 750 bulldozer with accessories

Undated speech to those involved with the development of the Spectrum program, emphasizing the teamwork involved.  He says “the Spectrum program has been the largest new product development in the history of the company”

2/24/86 DP to Carl Djerassi, Dept. of Chemistry, Stanford, suggesting a research proposal at the Aquarium. “We have decided to undertake a major research program to fully explore the Monterey Bay Canyon with remotely operated underwater vehicles. Frank Press is helping me organize a one day seminar…in April…We plan to investigate all aspects of the Canyon, oceanographic, marine life, and geological, etc.  This will include collecting samples of all kinds…”  cc to Julie Packard and Dr. Watanabe

2/24/86 DP to Michael von Clemm agreeing to the White Wing Dove shooting party in Mexico in October

2/20/86 DP to Arthur Fong regretting that he cannot attend the party but “want to tell you how much all of us, and I personally, appreciate your friendship and your many outstanding contributions to the company over the years. Immediately after you joined us in 1946 it became apparent that you were a first-class engineer and designer, and products such as the first spectrum analyzer attested to that.  Even more important was your ability to teach others and to help bring along a whole generation of technical people who benefitted immensely from your coaching and product development…”

2/18/86 DP to Estherick Homsey Dodge and Charles Davis congratulating them on receiving the AIA 1986 Firm Award, “well deserved recognition and we are particularly pleased that Charles Davis’s contribution to the Monterey Bay Aquarium design was a factor in determining the award”

2/18/86 DP to Laurence Kirshbaum, President, Warner Books, who sent him “On the Line.”  DP writes: “MCI, who took on AT&T, can take credit for destroying what was a good communications system in this country.  Now that tele-communications has been opened to competition, telephones don’t work, service costs more, and the whole thing is an absolute disaster.”

2/14/86 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington and Atlanta GA 2/16-20

2/14/86 DP sends $10,000 for The Private Sector Council

2/14/86 DP pledges $100,000 for the Ushiba Memorial Foundation through Tadashi Yamamoto, Japan Center for International Exchange; DP postpones any gift to the Center


2/14/86 DP to Norm Schrock on his retirement: “I remember very well the very important work we did together during the 1940s.  There is no doubt that our work with the Naval Research Laboratory on microwave signal generators was what really got the company started in microwave measurements, which has been one of our most important areas of contribution ever since.  We really did not have the tools or equipment suitable for that kind of work.  I remember bringing back some ideas from NRL.  You were not only willing to try but you did such a good job that it impressed the experts at NRL and provided the foundation for their strong support of HP for many years after.  It was the great confidence Bill and I had in your ability that encouraged us to give you the responsibility to design and develop our first oscilloscope.  It turned out to be an impossible job to immediately catch up with Tektronics.  Nevertheless, the fine work and leadership you provided over the years that followed made it possible to make continuing contributions of great importance in the field of oscilloscopes.  You can take great pride in the fact that your many technical contributions over the years have been a very important factor in the success of our company in the field of electronic measurement.  We all owe a debt of gratitude…”

2/14/86 DP to Arthur Norberg, Director, Charles Babbage Institute, Univ. Of Minnesota: “I have quickly looked over the oral history interview and it will take quite a bit of editing before I would want to have it released.  I am also concerned about your copyright request.  I have said many of the things in this interview to other people and I may wish to use the same comments in some way myself in the future.  Accordingly, I would not be willing to give UC either legal title or copyrights [sic] to the manuscript.”

2/5/86 DP to Donald B. Rice, President, Rand Corporation, thanking him for the working draft on the military acquisition process and questioning the comment that they do not believe warranties will be useful in improving the acquisition process.  “I think that is true if warranties are required to cover the performance of the equipment in a combat environment…warranties could be very useful for certain types of equipment, such as aircraft engines, which could be warranted for performance over a certain number of years after delivery and purchased by the same procedures used in the commercial business.  This would reduce the number of military specifications required, keep people from spending too much time at a manufacturer’s plant, and be generally constructive in this way.  I am sure there are a number of products which could be produced with warranties of this kind and I think the industry would welcome this approach.”


2/4/86 DP to Dean John Hart Ely, Stanford Law School, telling him his nephew, Edwin Packard Aro, is applying for admission.  “He is an outstanding young man…” [see letter 4/29/86 to “Dear Ed,” Denver CO, expressing regret that he didn’t get into Stanford but thinks Boston University a fine place; see also 4/28/86 to Stanford agreeing that only the best applicants are accepted and he wouldn’t want it any other way]

2/4/86 DP to Richard Nixon thanking him for his letter about the Commission on Defense Management.  “We are making good progress on our first report which will be given to President Reagan on February 28.  I will call your office to see if I can find a convenient date to visit with you sometime around the middle of February.”

2/4/86 DP to Roberta M. Darnall, Univ. of Wyoming, in support of the nomination of Thomas Osborne for Distinguished Alumni Award:  “Tom Osborne brought an interesting idea to the attention of our research and development people at the Hewlett-Packard Company about how to design an electronic calculator.  Our research people were so intrigued with the idea that we engaged Tom to come and work with us on the development of such a device.  His ideas and concepts were developed into the first scientific desktop calculator.  This development was followed by the design of the Hewlett-Packard Model 35 handheld calculator which provided impressive mathematical capabilities.  In my opinion Tom Osborne’s contribution ranks very high among the very exciting developments in electronics that have occurred over the last five decades.”

2/3/86 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington DC 2/4-11

2/3/86 DP donates to Stanford 42,900 shares of Cetus corporation stock valued in the range of $1 million; $100,000 for Hoover Institution in support of the National Fellows Program and the balance for the new Children’s Hospital

1/30/86 DP letter to Roy E. Criswell on his retirement after 30 years; also letter to Morris Graves, Santa Clara Division, after 30 years; also letter to Walter Moy after 30 years beginning in 1956 in the Tab Dept.: “I am reminded of the fact when working with Matt Schmutz you eliminated the need to use the IBM tab card in key punching…and were responsible for the design and company-wide installation of the Entity Records Management System…” [Archivist’s note: Walter Moy is known in the archival-records management field as the man who established records management at HP.]

1/24/86 DP’s speech at the memorial service of Kitty and Ernie Arbuckle including note from President Reagan

1/24/86 DP to Paul H. Nitze, Special Advisory to the President and Secretary of State on Arms Control Matters, thanking him for copies of his speeches.  “Our country is fortunate to have some one with your experience and wisdom willing to provide a guiding hand on this important subject.”  Lu joins him in sending best wishes to him and his family

1/24/86 DP’s scheduled trip to Seattle and Washington DC 1/26-30


1/24/86 DP to T. A. Wilson, Chairman of the Board, The Boeing Company, accepting invitation to make a keynote address at the AIAA May 1st in Arlington; good opportunity to “pitch” recommendations from the commission

1/24/86 DP draft of memories of Ernest and Katherine Arbuckle,  including note from Ronald and Nancy Reagan from The White House [This may be remarks at memorial service.]

1/24/86 DP to Michael J. Malone thanking him for a copy of “The Big Score” and saying he thought Malone had “done an outstanding job depicting Silicon Valley.  I also feel good about Hewlett-Packard Company’s role in the exciting era that you have covered.”

1/22/86 DP sends $5,000 to the Pacific Institute, San Francisco

1/20/86 DP to Lionel A. Rosenblatt, Quebec City, Canada:  “I talked with our people who are managing our ranch in Merced and suggested they consider some of the Laos refugees when they have job openings in the future…”

1/20/86 DP to Dean George R. Packard, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins, sending $10,000, first of three-year pledge

1/20/86 DP sends $1,000 to George Fox College, Newberg, OR

1/20/86 DP sends $10,000 to Palo Alto Medical Foundation

1/20/86 DP sends $1,000 to George Romney for VOLUNTEER

1/16/86 DP to Deloitte, Haskins & Sells, Prince George, BC, Canada, concerning the mobile channel for fixed communications station at Redfern Rapids; he had been using the Siepperts equipment

1/16/86 DP sends John A. McCone $10,000 for the Monterey Institute of International Studies

1/15/86 DP to Martin Feldstein, National Bureau of Economic Research, sending $5,000

1/15/86 DP to Neil Weston, Carmel, saying he owns ”the property called Rancho Grande just south of Nepenthe Restaurant” and would be pleased to look at Weston’s property soon although he is “not actively looking for more property in that area.”

1/15/86 DP sends $50,000 to Center for Strategic & International Studies, Georgetown University in support of the CSIS Defense Weapons Acquisition Study

1/14/86 DP sends $25,000 for the Dawn Redwood Fund, Bohemian Club

1/14/86 DP to David Rockefeller endorsing the idea of a plenary meeting of the Trilateral Commission in San Francisco in 1987; alternatively he suggests Monterey

1/14/86 DP to Ross J. Turner, chairman, Energy Task Force, agreeing “to be a member of the Energy Task force with the understanding my deputy will have to do most of the work”

1/14/86 DP sends $10,000 to the Admiral H. G. Rickover Foundation, McLean VA


1/13/86 DP to Ing. Virgilio Floriani, president, Center Ricerche Economiche Applicate, Milano, Italy, sending $10,000 after HP in Italy denied funds

1/13/86 DP to Red Withers, Pueblo CO, saying he doesn’t get to Pueblo often but has “a nostalgic interest in my old hometown.  Our foundation is supporting some worthy things in Pueblo on a continuing basis and we have a local Advisory Committee to help us decide what we should support….I remember the old Baker Steamer building.  As a matter of fact, I used to go down there and find a few things in the junk yard from time to time that I would use for my hobby when I was a youngster.”

1/10/86 DP to Douglas P. Beighle, VP-Contracts, General Counsel and Secretary, The Boeing Company: “Enclosed is our Proxy Statement for the Hewlett-Packard Company Annual Meeting to be held on February 28th.  The anti-takeover proposals will be of interest to you.”

1/13/86 list of guests for the luncheon honoring Congressman Bob Michel on January 13 at the Pacific-Union Club; about 50 men

Box 20, Folder 5  1986 April, May, June

6/30/86 DP sends $25,000 for the Center for Excellence in Education, McLean VA

6/30/86 DP sends $2,000 to Edgar A. G. Shaw to help with travel expenses for Professor Tamas Tarnoczy to attend the National Research Council of Canada [see also 6/17/86]

6/27/86 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington DC 6/30-7/2

6/27/86 DP to Edmund B. Fitzgerald, Chairman, Committee for Economic Development, pleased to hear of CED’s interest in the defense management issue.  “The biggest hurdle to the recommendations our panel has made is going to be the Congress.  I am exploring with some other people ways by which we could try to convince the Congress that they should get out of the micromanagement business and look at the major defense issues.  During the past several years the legislation that they have passed on defense management has been very counterproductive.  Our panel’s recommendations point out a much more effective way for them to participate in our national security program.  To get this message across will require a fairly broad based effort…”

6/27/86 DP agrees to address The Commonwealth Club on the report on Defense Management

6/27/86 DP to Office of the Deputy Prime Minister of Canada saying he was planning to be in Toronto with the Board of Directors of Boeing and could come to Ottawa on August 26 or 27 to give the Prime Minister a report on the Commission on Defense Management


6/20/86 DP inviting Ernest C. (Buck) Arbuckle, Jr. to join hunt at the ranch.  “We usually get there in mid-afternoon, sight in our rifles and if the season is already open, go out for a couple of hours around 5 pm.  Friday dinner will probably be around 8 pm…We will hunt Sunday morning and come back to Los Altos mid-afternoon…” [similar invitation to Benjamin Biaggini, 6/2/86; dates of hunt are 8/9-10]

6/20/86 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington DC and Boston 6/23-26

6/20/86 DP to Gerd Hellmann, Coarsegold CA saying he doubts that “the new plan” can be retroactive.  “We are picking apricots today at our Los Altos orchard.  The crop is very light this year and the job will be finished tomorrow.”

6/20/86 DP to William R. Thurston, President, GenRad, commending him for his recommendations and questioning “how to get it done.  The system is so tied up with regulations that a contracting officer has virtually no ability to use common sense in his work.  Furthermore, the system does not have the capability of evaluating a quality producer and giving that producer a preference.  Furthermore, the whole system is working like a police state rather than a cooperative partnership.  I hope we can find some way to get the DoD, the Congress and the industry to get together and recognize they are supposed to be working together for the common interest of our nation instead of fighting each other.  The cost of what is going on today is horrendous in dollars, at least five to ten billions of dollars wasted every year to produce nothing but paper.  More important, we are losing our lead in technology which is the most important advantage we have…Keep getting your ideas in front of the public.  It will help.”

6/19/86 DP to Senator Ted Stevens urging that Senate Armed Services Committee reform the Federal personnel system, one of the Commission on Defense Management’s highest priorities

6/18/86 DP praises Allen Drury’s new novel Pentagon to Doubleday

6/18/86 DP to President Reagan urging him to accept the AEA’s invitation to speak at their annual meeting, being combined with a rally for Ed Zschau.  DP notes that the high-technology industry has become the largest manufacturer in the economy and “is one of this nation’s chief hopes for economic prosperity and a secure national defense in the future.”  DP supports Ed Zschau as the best hope for beating Senator Cranston.  Zschau has his roots in the electronics industry.

6/18/86 DP to John F. Welch, Jr., Chairman, General Electric Company, Fairfield CT, agreeing to serve as a supporter for his “Defense Industry Initiative on Business, Ethics and Conduct,” noting that HP “has very little direct defense business”


6/18/86 DP to Karl G. Harr, Jr. President, Aerospace Industries Assoc. of American, pleased that the Association has adapted a code of conduct as a condition of AIA membership.  DP describes the poor response to this idea in the Defense industry and in the Defense Department which “has responded to the problems by unleashing a horde of inspectors and accountants,” which is a logical reaction but “the wrong way to deal with the problem in the long term.”  DP is urging the Defense Department to instigate “a proper code of ethics” and implement “a program to provide appropriate guidance for the conduct of the people in the entire acquisition program.”

6/17/86 DP to John A. McCone, sending $10,000 for the Monterey Institute of International Studies

6/17/86 DP to George Bourne saying he and Mrs. Packard “have not been up to Fallen Leaf frequently in recent years but our children and grandchildren use our place quite often.”  He will discuss with them the offer to purchase Bourne’s property.

6/17/86 DP agrees to give the Francis Boyer Lecture on 12/4 in Washington in order to present again the Commission’s views on defense management, and maybe his own views

6/17/86 DP to Sherman Chickering, San Francisco, concluding with:  “The wildflowers at our property down at Lucia were especially good this year.  The big fire that went through there last year brought out fields of flowers much better than any I have seen in recent years….[referring to the upcoming hunt] I was over to the ranch yesterday and saw a herd of ten Tule elk among which were several calves.”

6/17/86 DP to Harold Brown, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins, responding to Brown’s plan of having former Secretaries and Deputy Secretaries of Defense write a proposal on Strategic Nuclear Policy and programs.  DP thinks the various items should be listed for discussion rather than having the conclusions prescribed

6/16/86 DP to Joe Spinozzi in the HP Santa Clara Division assuring him of the importance of craftsmanship and continuation of “traditional machining and fabrication activities” although HP must look to new ways in the future [Archivist note: sounds like a letter written by HP internal communications not DP]

6/16/86 DP to W. Dale Compton of the National Academy of Engineering pointing out the new report by the sub-committee of the White House Science Council (chaired by DP and Allan Bromley of Yale) which made recommendations to the Federal government on universities research and urging him and the National Academy of Sciences to make this matter a high priority


6/16/86 DP to Dr. Walter H. Munk, Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, expressing interest in his idea of a museum of oceanographic measurements.  DP would consider providing funding, although he may want it at the Aquarium rather than at Scripps

6/16/86 DP to Governor George Deukmejian asking support of SB805, providing $85 million bond issue “for acquisition of sites supporting examples of California’s unique natural heritage”

6/10/86 DP to Mrs. Iva J. Henson, Newport OR, thanking her for the letter her late sister Lillian wrote in 1977 but never sent.  “The many thoughts she expressed about my parents, and her employment in my father’s law office brought back many fond memories.” [personal]

6/6/86 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 6/9-12

6/5/86 DP to president of the Devil’s Creek Flat Association saying he is discussing the possibility of some additional space for the UC program “but it will not be on the flat directly below your place.”

6/7/86 DP to Anthony Oettinger, Program for Information Resources Policy, Harvard: “…[I] am not surprised about the trouble you are having with the DoD.  The whole place is in a state of chaos right now because they have so many auditors and inspector generals running around that no one will do anything that might not meet every rule in the book…”

6/3/86 DP to May Anderson, Pueblo CO, thanking her for her letter.  “It gave me an opportunity to recall the wonderful years at Centennial.  Please don’t worry a bit about the comments in the Enquirer.  It is difficult not to be misquoted in any of the news media”

6/3/86 DP to R.A.O. Overacker offering to have him “make a wooden boat,” providing $1650 per month and up to $5000 for tools and payment of materials; apparently this is a gift and will help Overacker “become a master boatbuilder” [see 5/20/86 letter saying Overacker’s father “was a very good friend of Bill Hewlett and me”]

6/2/86 DP to Polaroid Corporation thanking them for the new Spectra System camera they sent him and congratulating the design teams who “have made an unusual contribution to the field of personal photography”

6/2/86 DP to Publisher of Miller Freeman Publications saying he is pleased to receive recognition at the John Fluke, Sr. Memorial Award Ceremony June 24

6/2/86 DP to Jacqie Cantando sending his and Mrs. Packard’s wishes for a speedy recover to her mother.  “She was a wonderful employee in the early years of Hewlett-Packard and I always considered her to be a good personal friend.”

7/2/86 DP to John McCain sending him $1,000 to help in his campaign for the US Senate. “Your father was a good friend of mine when I was at the Defense Department and we were all pleased to have you back from Hanoi.”


6/2/86 DP to Rhett B. Dawson and Paul Stevens, Commission on Defense Management, sending them several books which “will help to get a hard hitting final report.”  Books are World Class Manufacturing and Rules for Leadership; DP has marked pages with important ideas

5/24/86 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington DC 5/27-29

5/21/86 DP memo to Emery Rogers: “…I have been very cool on the idea of the Technology Center of Silicon Valley in San Jose…Tony Ridder was a big sponsor and Mrs. Packard was involved to a degree in selecting an architect…but frankly, I am very cool on the whole idea”

5/21/86 DP to the Rev. Leon H. Sullivan expressing pleasure that things are going well with the International Foundation for Education and Self-Help

5/21/86 DP to Bill Honig urging him to help provide better training for school educators in California and support EXEL

5/20/86 DP sends $50,000 for the National Humanities Center

5/20/86 DP sends $5,000 for the National Academy of Science for the 40th birthday of ONR

5/20/86 DP to Demian Duggan, Santa Barbara, who wrote for ideas for “building an empire.”  DP wrote: “Actually I never had any thoughts about building an empire.  I simply decided to learn as much as I could about electronics and I did my very best to do good job at whatever the task at hand.  One bit of very important advice I received from the writings of David Starr Jordan, the first president of Stanford University…that the most important obligation young men and women starting at Stanford had was to the person they would be twenty or thirty years later.” [Archivist’s note:  This became a form letter, responding to any question about the formula for success.]

5/20/86 DP to Raph Osterling expressing disappointment in the job they did on his drip system and wanting a break-down of expenses before paying the rest of the bill

5/13/86 DP to Senator Pete Wilson urging support for the Coordinated Operating Agreement and the consensus reached between most water interests in the state

5/13/86 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington DC 5/14-15

5/12/86 DP to Robert Stephens: “Mother and I are pleased to send you the enclosed check for $20,000.  As you can see our gift is a little early this year, but we thought it might be helpful.”  Julie and Robert Stephens each received $20,000 for Sarah and Louise; same to Julie Packard; Robin Burnett; Nancy Burnett; Jason, Sierra, and Christopher Burnett; David Woodley Packard; Pam Packard; Adriana and Woodley Packard; Franklin Orr; Susan Orr; David and Katie Orr

5/12/86 DP sends $61,966.48 to the Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara

5/12/86 DP sends $5,000 to Lincoln Club of Northern California

5/2/86 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington DC 5/4-12

4/29/86 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 4/30-5/2


4/29/86 DP memo to Joel Birnbaum: “I had a very interesting visit with Bill Gates, who is the founder and head of Microsoft Corporation.  He is a young man, 28 years old, and has certainly done an outstanding job developing his company.  I think some of your people might enjoy visiting with him and I have suggested that he get in touch with you…he would be particularly interested in talking with Ira Goldstein about artificial intelligence, and I think you might find it of interest to hear how his company is organized to handle the softwear [sic] development.  It seems to me if would be very worthwhile to get them interested in developing softwear for our Spectrum program.  I did not discuss that subject with  him because I did not know whether or not you would think it appropriate”

4/29/86 DP to “Mr. William H. Gates, III” saying: “I enjoyed the opportunity to visit with you about your fine company.  You have certainly done an outstanding job and should be very proud of the progress you have made.  I would be very pleased to arrange a visit for you with some of our people here in the company.  I think it would be best for Joel Birnbaum, who is head of HP Laboratories, to arrange your visit.  He would know who to have you talk to here.”

4/28/86 DP to AirBC thanking them for help in selecting a pilot for his Twin Otter and for help in refresher training for Wendell E. Bell [other letters on this subject]

4/28/86 DP to Simon Mitchell hiring him for the summer at Tetachuck fishing camp, mainly as flight assistant on the Twin Otter

4/28/86 DP to Joel Birnbaum on Shaw Computer Company [see also memo 4/21 to John Young]

4/28/86 DP sends $50,000 to Howard [see memo, same date, approving of Howard University faculty loan program]

4/28/86 DP to Bay Area Coordinator of Concern sending $1,000

4/28/86 DP to Dean John Hart Ely, Stanford Law School: “You were thoughtful to report on my nephew’s application…I understand that you have an obligation to accept the best applicants and I do not want it to be otherwise” [see also 2/4/86]

4/28/86 DP to Michael B. Suessman, Assistant General Counsel, DoD: “In view of DoD Directive 5405.2 I have concluded it would be desirable to have DoD counsel if I am asked to testify”

4/25/86 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington DC 4/27-28

4/24/86 DP pledges $250,000 to Concord Academy, Concord MA, over 5 years

4/24/86 DP sends $1,000 to Japan-American Student Conference, Washington DC


4/24/86 DP to California Academy of Science: “Thank you for your note of March 27th suggesting an endowed chair in honor of Ernie and Kitty Arbuckle at [CAS].  We are considering other alternatives and we have not yet made a decision…”

4/24/86 DP to George C. Gamboa concerning the sale of his coast  property at $500/acre for 320 acres [see also 9/9/86 for higher offer for Gamboa’s land, identified as being at “French Camp”]

4/24/86 DP to Professor Margaret A. Strom, George Washington University, who asked him to write an essay: “As a matter of fact, writing has never been one of my strong forts [sic] and accordingly I don’t think I would contribute anything worthy of your collection”

4/22/86 DP to Charles E. Luckhard, Jr.: “I have often thought of the many good times we had at Divide Springs.  As a matter of fact, as I ride around the ranch these days it brings back many nostalgic memories, particularly some of those related to your father and his friends.  I don’t think the files you send me are of any particular value at this time but we’ll keep them on hand in case”

4/22/86 DP to Julie Packard: “For the record: This is in response to your letter of April 15th.  I think you should proceed with the restoration of the Old Coast House as you have outlined in your letter”

4/21/86 DP to President of Polytechnic University, Brooklyn NY, saying he would support an event to honor Dr. Ernst Weber

4/21/86 DP sends $5,000 to Committee for a Single Six-Year Presidential Term

4/17/86 DP to William G. Onsted, Private Sector Council, thanking them for the event on March 24th: “While I appreciate the recognition, I thoroughly enjoyed the social opportunity to be able to see many of my fellow Bohemians and longtime business acquaintances from around the country.  It was a fun and special evening.”

4/14/86 DP summary of his evaluation of the Monterey Bay Aquarium with specifics and criticism [may have been a talk but probably was for use by his family]

4/11/86 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington DC 4/13-17

4/10/86 DP to Kenneth R. Alford in response to his letters “regarding what you consider an over representation of a group at Stanford University Hospital”; DP wrote he would destroy the letters

4/4/86 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 4/6-17 with side trip to NY for meeting with President Nixon and attending the Trilateral Commission Dinner

4/4/86 DP sends $1,000 for the Konnyu Election Committee in Saratoga

4/2/86 DP to Univ. of Texas at Austin sending $1,000 for the Walter Cronkite Chair

Box 20, Folder 6  1886 July, August, September


9/29/86 DP to Robert C. “Bud” McFarlane saying his letter “raises some questions about your judgement” and then outlines the need for the White House to grant a 5-year budget and force “the systems to plan within that limit.” Also thanks him for his “strong support”

9/29/86 DP to Barber B. Conable, President of The World Bank, suggesting that “you consider cooperating with The Nature Conservancy in building Conservation Data Centers on a country by country basis so that continuously updated information on wildlife and wildlands is available…”

9/23/86 DP to John B. Rutherford saying he is “already working on Proposition 64. It would be very bad for the state if it were to pass.”

9/29/86 DP to Joe Ferraro saying he has “decided I should not get involved in Pueblo politics”

9/29/86 DP to Peter J. Coniglio: “I was sorry to have your letter…We may get the Aquarium problem resolved…I would like to hold your letter in confidence or ask you to withdraw it for now with the hope I will not have to accept your resignation from the Board”

Letters about the John Fluke Sr. Memorial Award

9/25/86 DP grants permission to Charles W. Kyd to quote from his speech “Growth from Performance”

9/24/86 DP thanks Ernest C. “Buck” Arbuckle, Jr. for photo album of the August fishing group

9/22/86 DP memo to Don Hammond: “Medical NMR is one of the great break-throughs of the century…I think we have a great opportunity to make a great contribution in this field”

9/19/86 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington DC 9/21-25

9/18/86 DP to Torrey Everett, III, supporting Bob Gwinn’s application for the Bohemian Club

9/18/86 DP to Al Alquist, Chair, Senate Budget Committee, thanking him for his leadership in reforming unitary in the State of CA: “You had the courage.”  He writes that HP supported Senate Bill 85 and was pleased to have it passed and signed by the Governor [similar letter to Jim Nielsen and John Vasconcellos]

9/9/86 DP signed file G1559 for Tetachuck Lodges Inc. sent by George W. Baldwin, Wilson King, Prince George, BC, Canada

9/8/86 DP to The Harvard College fund saying “I would prefer to be recorded as an anonymous donor when you publish a report”

Undated recommendation for Ernest C. Arbuckle, Jr. for membership in the Bohemian Club

9/8/86 DP to David Gardner, President UC: “In view of the Governor’s [Deukmejian] position on disinvestment and because of corporate involvement in South Africa, I would not want to be a member of your Citizens Committee to Support Proposition 56″


9/5/86 DP to Roger Heyns, Hewlett Foundation, enclosing a copy of his “Lakeside Talk” which was “on an impromptu basis” so “this draft will not track precisely what I said, but all of the important points are covered”

9/5/86 DP to W. Glenn Campbell, Chairman, Reagan Presidential Foundation, pledging $2.5 million to be paid in annual amounts.  “…this gift should be held absolutely anonymous while the President is in office” [letter also sent to Michael K. Deaver]

Many letters on the federal government trying to establish an alternative personnel system for scientists, engineers, and acquisition personnel in the DoD; was dropped from the Defense Authorization Bill

8/27/86 DP to Thomas H. Skillicorn concerning the Avila property

8/27/86 DP to Ken Norris, Big Creek Reserve, UC, Environmental Field Program, Santa Cruz, suggesting that a plan be developed for locating the facilities for his Big Creek property; a good road can be built

8/26/86 DP to Lt. Gen. Brent Scrowcroft regretting that he can’t join him in another trip to China.  “I enjoyed our last trip…”

8/26/86 DP to F. H. Billips, Jr., VP, Grenmede Trust Co., Philadelphia, urging continual support for the American Enterprise Institute where DP has been a trustee since 1978

8/25/86 DP sends sympathy to Agnes Burke on the death of her husband Jack; “admired his great contribution to the work of the Business Council over many years”

8/25/86 DP to John E. Swearingen: “Bill Hewlett and I were up there [Redfern Rapids] last week and had some excellent fishing”

8/22/86 DP arranges for a firm to do some surveying at Tetachuck for a new lease agreement

Various stock gifts to The Wilson Center, University of Santa Clara, and El Camino Hospital Foundation

8/21/86 DP to Jack Althausen: “…the instability in the purchasing of military weapons caused by the lack of stable long range plans in both congressional and administration action, costs the country tens of billions of dollars every year”

8/21/86 to Del Rasmussen concerning surveying of the property of the Avila family along Elkhorn Slough; wants accurate description of his property

8/11/86 DP to William Bentley recommending Marquis Childs for membership in the Pacific Union Club

8/8/86 DP to James G. Ling, Arlington VA, hiring him to help in planning next step for the President’s Commission on Defense Management


8/8/86 DP sends $5,000 to help the campaign of Dave Leroy, agreeing that Cecil Andrus “is not the man to be Governor of Idaho”

8/8/86 DP sends $5,000 for the Walt Gamage Scholarship Fund

8/8/86 DP sends $50,000 for the American Enterprise Institute

8/8/86 DP sends $1,000 to help with the dinner dance honoring Mr. and Mrs. Stephen D. Bechtel, Sr.

8/6/86 DP, on San Felipe Ranch stationery, writes to Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors urging the retention of the Wildlife Conservation Ranger/County Game Warden position

8/4/86 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington DC 8/5-6

8/1/86 DP sends $500 to help with the campaign for Nick Mavroules

8/8-10/86 list of hunters, staff, and hosts attending the San Felipe Ranch Deer Hunt

7/28/86 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington DC 7/19-31

7/24/86 DP sends $1,000 for the campaign of Bob Kirscht in Colorado

7/23/86 DP sends $10,000 to National Academy of Public Administration

7/23/86 DP to The White House recommending John Busterud for appointment as Ambassador to Denmark

7/23/86 DP sends $25,000 to Pacific Legal Foundation

7/23/86 DP sends $10,000 to the Herman Kahn Memorial Center

7/23/86 DP pledges $100,000 to the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation

7/18/86 DP recommends Parker Gilbert Montgomery for membership in the Pacific Union Club

7/18/86 DP asks that his name not be included on a Patron’s tank at the National Aquarium

7/17/86 DP to Berry Arras of the California Monitor of Education: “…I have no interest whatever in your opinion about what our foundation should do”

7/17/86 DP to William L. Lloyd, Pueblo, CO, thanking him for “the pictures of the Colorado College Football Champions of 1900.”  He didn’t “think my father is properly identified in the picture on the field”

7/17/86 DP sends $500 to help with the campaign of Bill Duplissea for State Assembly

7/16/86 DP’s scheduled trip to Los Angeles 7/17-18, Bohemian Grove

7/14/86 DP agrees to serve on the advisory committee for the National Congress on Engineering Education

7/14/86 DP to Sharon Jameson in Prince George, enclosing a sketch of the planned bedroom addition and a check for expenses

7/11/86 DP to Stephanie Ashurst: “In response to your letter…I could not disagree with you more”


7/7/86 DP to Jennifer Carrico, age 10, in response to her letter about enjoying computers. “Your mother and father are important members of our company.  They have helped our company become successful.  If you learn as much as you can and work hard, you could be the president of Hewlett-Packard someday.”

7/7/86 DP to Addison-Wesley providing his quote for use in connection with the publication of Lessons: an Autobiography of Dr. An Want

Box 20, Folder 7  1986 October, November, December

12/22/86 DP gives Mr. and Mrs. Ernest L. Brioza $40,000 “for the fine help you have given us over the years”

12/17/86 DP to OSD Historian Alfred Goldberg: “I am not planning to come to Washington very often in 1987, but when I do I will try to find some time to meet with you”

12/17/86 DP to George S. Kachajian, chairman, Silicon Technology Corporation, sharing his frustration “about the Administration’s position on decontrol on the COCOM list.  I have spent a year trying to get the DoD to use some common sense on this and many other issues.  I have come to the conclusion that the only way we can get a sensible policy on this matter is to get a new Secretary of Defense.”

12/17/86 DP to Representative Claudine Schneider who asks for support of her literacy project.  “To be frank with you, I do not think illiteracy has much of anything to do with our continuing problem with competitiveness.  Furthermore, my experience in Washington last year has raised serious doubts about whether I should waste any more time on public policy issues…”

12/17/86 DP to Sydney Finkelstein, Strategy Research Center, Columbia University: “I am not in a position to answer your questions sent with your letter of December 8 except in this way.  Neither Mr. Hewlett nor I have [sic] been involved in any day-to-day decisions of the company for the past three or four years.  We consult with Mr. Young when he asks for our advice.  The other executives are in positions of leadership because they have extensive knowledge about their assigned activity and a long record of good judgement.  I have always considered special expertise or knowledge combined with proven good judgement as the only legitimate sources of influence in the decision making process of our company”

12/17/86 DP donates $5,000 to the Alliance to Save Energy

12/17/86 DP gives HP stock to people who work with him and Lucile

12/16/86 DP to Bruce Elliott, Dept. of Fish and Game concerning the trail and parking lot use of DP’s property which DP says will eventually go to the Aquarium Foundation or some other conservation organization


12/16/86 DP to David A. Hamburg, President, Carnegie Corporation of New York, thanking him for his kind note about the interview in the Christian Science Monitor and agreeing that cooperation “between our modest family foundation and Carnegie” is possible.  “Lucile is as busy as ever and has a big agenda of things she would like to do.”

12/16/86 DP to Howard R. Swearer, President, Brown University, turning down his offer to join Swearer’s national advisory council.  “Frankly, I have become very disillusioned about all of the activities involved in trying to influence public policy.  I have concluded it is a futile business and accordingly, I am going to spend the next year or two on some projects of personal interest”

12/16/86 DP to James Ling, Ling Technologies, Washington DC, outlining a consulting arrangement where Ling will visit federal laboratories and identify those “of interest to Hewlett-Packard.”  Acting director of HP labs, Don Hammond, is to supervise.

12/16/85 DP donates 200,000 shares of HP common stock to Children’s Hospital at Stanford

12/16/86 DP and Lu are to sign escrow papers on the Avila Ranch property [see also 12/9/86 letter on property]

12/15/86 DP turns down again the invitation to join Brent Scowcroft on the UN delegation trip to China

12/15/86 DP outlines terms contract for Clarence E. Tighe and his wife “to take on the management job for me at Elkhorn Slough,” with benefits similar to San Felipe Ranch

12/15/86 DP to Brad Erickson firing him from work at San Felipe and Elkhorn and outlining the reasons why

12/15/86 DP to Marshall M. Lee thanking him for the book on Tektronix, “having known Howard Vollum over the past several years, I know it will be most interesting…”

12/15/86 DP to John R. Silber, President, Boston University, thanking him for a copy of the address by Mangosuthu G. Buthelezi which DP will quote at the shareholders meeting next year “where we would, undoubtedly, have some people present urging us to disassociate our company from South Africa”

12/15/86 DP to businessman in Korea who wanted funds to develop vocational training.  DP turns him down:  “The reason for this decision is that our corporate officers have set a firm policy that all international donations are to be funded and managed locally, and not in the U.S…”

12/11/86 DP donates his $10,000 stipend from the Francis Boyer Lecture/Award, on Dec. 4, to the American Enterprise Institute [see also 12/9/86 letters on funding of AEI]

12/4/86 DP turns down the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award to devote time to his personal interests [one of many requests to honor him, to have him speak, to join causes, etc. which he refused]


12/4/86 DP gives Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Peale, Pismo Beach, access to his beach property at Gamboa Point for “limited use on specific dates”

12/3/86 DP agrees to introduce MIT Associate Provost, Samuel Jay Keyser, to Turk Murphy; wrote a letter to David Woodley suggesting he contact Keyser

12/3/86 DP to Jim Barmeier suggesting that “the best venture capital firm in this area is Hambrecht & Quist,” Menlo Park

12/3/86 DP to An Wang requesting the leather bound edition of his            Lessons

12/3/86 DP sends $5,000 to Lincoln University Foundation, San Francisco; pleased to learn that students from 39 countries are enrolled

12/1/86 DP congratulates “each of the companies that have signed the Defenses Industry Initiative on Business Ethics and Conduct”; pleased that the first Best Practices Forum went well; hopes Congress will recognize the importance “of this undertaking”

12/3/86 DP to Senator John Heinz thanking him for the report of his delegation’s visit to Peoples Republic of China where HP has a very successful joint venture.  “Our business there in 1986 had an increase of 36% over 1985. Part of that increase came from more rapid processing of licenses in Washington but that continues to be a problem needing attention.”  DP sees business leveling off in 1987 but HP is planning “additional investments because we believe there will continue to be an increasing demand for our products in the years ahead.”  DP hopes Congress will improve the opportunities for U.S. trade and business relationships with the PRC”

12/3/86 DP to UCB Professor Richard Holton saying he did not see “any urgent need” for Holton’s program on human resources and product innovation in high tech business

12/3/86 DP to Mrs. Cordelia S. May, Ligonier PA, reporting on his recent conversation with Mel Laird about the American Enterprise Institute on whose board DP sits.  “Mel has made me aware of your interest in population and immigration policy.  Mrs. Packard and I have a strong interest in population control, all other problems of the future are insignificant by comparison”

12/2/86 DP to John Clavel, Geneva: “I have been troubled for some time about the ability of our company to keep creative people and benefit as much as we should from their work.  We have been discussing this issue here in Palo Alto recently but have not yet arrived at a solution”

12/2/86 DP endorses nomination of Charles M. Davis to be a fellow in the American Institute of Architects.  Davis worked for the Monterey Bay Aquarium and DP “spent a great deal of time working with him on this project…”


12/1/86 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington DC 12/2-5

11/25/86 DP regrets missing the dedication of the new student center at Stanford honoring Ernie and Kitty Arbuckle

11/18/86 DP to J. Roger Samuelson concerning the use of DP’s equipment (list attached) to maintain the roads on the UC property near DP’s Gamboa properties; this is an insurance problem

11/18/86 DP to Bill Morel, HP Lab, Bristol, who wrote in support of an organization called FREEZE: “…the issues of nuclear defense policy are very complex and can not be solved by the expedient of a simple freeze at present levels.  While I do not agree with every aspect of President Reagan’s defense policies I support them in general, including SDI.  Many aspects of this program are, in fact, technically feasible.” [see letter 11/12/86: “I plan to continue my support for nuclear power and a strong defense establishment”]

11/14/86 DP donates $1,000 to help send Union City All Stars to Disneyland as a reward for achievement

11/13/86 DP to Greg Kegel, Northern Montana College, sending regrets that he cannot make the ribbon cutting ceremony of the new Hewlett-Packard CAD facility, a lab with up-to-date state of the art equipment, mostly HP

11/12/86 DP to Christopher Forbes, Forbes Magazine: “I do not think the Japanese are completely fair competitors in the U.S. marketplace.  They use part-time workers in their production and these people receive about one-half of the union wage in Japan.  Furthermore, their market is no where near as open to American companies as the U.S. market is to Japanese companies…I think Japanese investment in the U.S. is good for the U.S. economy.  It provides jobs…also provides competition which helps to keep American companies on their toes”

12/12/86 DP to Jacques Gansler saying that the Justice Department is completely off base in the Jim Beggs case; offers help

12/12/86 DP is not surprised that there were increases in the assessment at the Tetachuck Lake property

11/7/86 DP lists gifts of HP stock to employees at the San Felipe Ranches

11/7/86 DP “Open Letter to Readers of China Hewlett-Packard Advances,” one-page: “…it became clear in the early 1970’s to leaders in education, science and industry that China was on the threshold of great advancement…those of us associated with the Hewlett-Packard Company take great pride in the fact that we were among the first organizations outside of China to make a positive and continuous commitment…”


11/5/86 DP to Julian Levine, TRW Inc., thanking him for “help with the anti-nuclear initiative in Sonoma county” with a $5,000 commitment from TRW.  DP tells Levine that he has “seen many of our mutual friends and colleagues in Washington and many fond memories of our DoD years were brought to mind.”

11/4/86 DP’s scheduled trip to New York, 11/5-6

10/13/86 DP memo to Don Hammond telling him of his friend Jim Ling who is starting a business of helping private sector companies make better use of the R&D done at federal labs.  DP wants Hammond to meet with Ling and discuss a continuing relationship [DP seems to be paying Ling’s salary from his personal account]

10/19/86 DP donates $56,601.74 as part of his pledge to the Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara

10/29/86 DP’s scheduled trip to Boston 10/30-31 for the Research Laboratory of Electronics, 40th Anniversary Symposium where DP is speaking

10/29/86 DP donates $10,000 to School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

10/27/86 DP pledges $100,000 to the University of Southern Colorado, Pueblo

10/27/86 DP pledges $100,000 to the Pueblo Family YMCA

10/27/86 DP donates $100,000 to Morehouse College

10/27/86 DP pledges $100,000 to Junior Achievement

10/27/86 DP donates $250,000 to Home Equity Loan Program for Seniors, Palo Alto

10/27/86 DP donates $25,000 to Museum of Flight, The Boeing Company

10/24/86 DP donates $50,000 to The Wilson Center, Smithsonian

10/24/86 DP donates $150,000 to Howard University

10/24/86 DP donates $25,000 to the University of Santa Clara

10/24/86 DP donates $220,000 to York School, Monterey

10/24/86 DP donates $50,000 to the George P. Shultz Professorship, University of Chicago

10/24/86 DP donates $20,000 for the Arbuckle Chair, Stanford Graduate School of Business

10/23/86 DP donates $25,000 to the Foundation for Management Education in Central America

10/23/86 DP donates $10,000 to the Hoover Presidential Library Association

10/23/86 DP donates $25,000 for the chair in national security and military affairs at the Center for International Affairs, Harvard

10/23/86 DP donates $50,000 of a $150,000 pledge for the Concord Academy where his daughter Susan is on the Board of Trustees

10/23/86 DP donates $100,000 to the Colorado College

10/23/86 DP donates $100,000 to Castilleja School, Palo Alto

10/23/86 DP donates $25,000 to the Bob Hope Village, Fort Walton Beach, FL

10/23/86 DP donates $10,000 to the Palo Alto Medical Foundation for their Medical Institute


10/23/86 DP donates $25,000 to the Golden Gate Challenge Foundation with wishes for their “bringing the America’s Cup back to America”

10/23/86 DP donates $50,000 to Fisk University

10/23/86 DP donates $10,000 to Linfield College, McMinnville OR as promised to Lyle Nelson

10/23/86 DP donates $10,000 to the Japan Center for International Exchange, Tokyo

10/23/86 DP donates $5,000 to the Japan Society of Northern California

10/23/86 DP donates $50,000 to the Community Hospital, Monterey

10/23/86 DP pledges $1,000,000 to the “Wild California” program of The Nature Conservancy

10/20/86 DP agrees to be co-sponsor of the award dinner for John Brodie

10/17/86 DP’s contract with Ling Technologies, Inc. in which he receives 200 shares [see also 10/8/86 letter to Nathan Finch: “I am doing this to help Jim Ling get started and I don’t expect to get rich on the deal.”]

10/16/86 DP regrets that he cannot participate in the Naval Research Laboratory colloquia in early 1987, especially since he has had “some interest in and involvement with NRL since 1942″

10/16/86 DP to Victor Bartell from McWilliam, Whyte, Goble & Associates, Prince George BC who has completed the surveying work at the Tetachuck Lodge

10/16/86 DP to President Ronald Reagan inviting him to speak at the NASA Symposium on Productivity and Quality in Washington Dec. 2-3: “A few words from you at this conference will give a big boost to Jim Fletcher and his team in their commitment to revitalizing the U.S. space program”

10/16/86 DP to Richard P. Godwin, Under Secretary for Acquisitions, DoD, suggesting he put on his agenda the problem of spare parts and replacement items and he meet with the Logistics Management Institute who provide advice in this area under the chairmanship of Roger Lewis: “When you have had a chance to size up this problem, I will have some suggestions for your consideration”

10/16/86 DP to Nathan C. Finch on drawing up the papers for the Gamboa property with the UC right-of-way and the right-of-way first refusal [see also 10/8/86, noted below]

10/16/86 DP donates $5,000 to the “Donald R. Fortier Children’s Fund” responding to a request from Robert C. McFarlane

10/16/86 DP endorses the reappointment of Jesse H. Oppenheimer to the board of the Woodrow Wilson International Center

10/16/86 DP donates $100 to help with the distribution of “They Dare to Speak Out”


10/8/86 DP to George Gamboa outlining the steps to be taken to finalize the purchase of the 320 acre parcel for $275,000 and requesting photographs of the houses, barns and dance floor which were destroyed by fire.  “I do not know when I can get to it but I would like to rebuild some of the buildings.”

10/8/86 DP to Maurice H. Stans pledging $1,000,000 to the President Nixon Library

10/8/86 DP donates $25,000 for the William L. Everitt Chair, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Undated endorsement of Secretary Fowler for Bohemian Club

10/6/86 DP to Rhett Dawson suggesting the Public Oversight Board, which was set up to oversee the activities of public accounting firms in their work relating to the SEC, take on some of the defense industry problems; call Mel Laird

10/6/86 DP to Michael von Clemm, London, thanking him for the El Tejon hunt: “You had a wonderful group of people and more doves than I have seen anywhere”

10/6/86 DP to James G. Ling donating $6,000 in addition to check sent on August 8 “in appreciation of your ‘beyond the call of duty’ help to us [Lucile and himself] on various matters during the past year”

10/1/86 DP’s scheduled trip to San Antonio and Mexico 10/2-5

Box 20, Folder 8  1987 January, February, March

3/20/87 DP requests photographs of Bob Rishell paintings from Troy’s Galleries, Scottsdale AZ

3/27/87 DP to Alan R. Yuspeh about the upcoming meeting of industry leaders and the Armed Services Committee

3/27/87 DP to William G. Onsted resigning as Chairman of the National Advisory Board of the Private Sector Council effective 4/1/87 “in view of these personal [health] developments”

8/23/87 DP to Kenneth L. Schroeder, Los Altos Hills: “Our company established two important policies in the early 1940s that have been strongly supported wherever our plants and facilities are located.  One is to provide for special recreational facilities for the use of our employees, and the other is to be a good citizen in the communities where our employees live…”; Schroeder wants HP to stop financing the project to expand the athletic field at Foothill College

3/20/87 DP to Mr. and Mrs. Richard W. Goss donating $500 each from Mrs. Packard and himself for Governor duPont’s campaign

3/18/87 DP to Christopher C. DeMuth, American Enterprise Institute, expressing concern over the appointment of Richard N. Perle, whom he thinks “is one of the worst people DoD has ever had…it is absolutely essential that the scholars of AEI present an unbiased, objective analysis of the critical issues of U.S. public policy for the benefit of the Congress, the administration and the public at large”


3/18/87 DP to the president of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation pledging $1,000,000 to be used to honor Dr. Marcus Krupp for his “long and distinguished contribution to the art and science of medical practice in our community…tell Marc…it is simply delayed compensation for having had to live with such a difficult roommate during his freshman year at Stanford 57 years ago”

3/18/87 DP to Julie Packard concerning the Monterey Bay Canyon Research effort.  DP has “second thoughts about whether this should be all done under the Aquarium Foundation or whether we should set up a separate foundation for the research project…”

3/18/87 DP sends sympathy to Richard Guggenhime on the death of his wife Charlotte

3/18/87 DP to Hitachi Foundation encouraging their support for the Chemical Education for Public Understanding Project at the Lawrence Hall of Science

3/18/87 DP’s endorsement of Ed Meese to the Bohemian Club

3/18/87 DP to Peninsula Open Space Trust, providing $250,000 toward the purchase of the Cowell Foundation property

3/17/87 DP to Louis W. Cabot, The Brookings Institution, expressing interest in “the crisis in federal career service” and adding: “Unfortunately, your timing was not very good.  I have been confined to the hospital and home for the past two weeks.  This has given me too much time to watch the TV reports on the current Washington scene and also to look into the practical results of our National Management Commission.  I see the DoD working hard to make it appear as though they are putting our recommendations in place when, in fact, it appears to me they are working hard to be sure nothing is changed in the way they operate.  The federal career problem is so strongly influenced by the issues of political image and emotional bias that I do not think a commission can have any real influence on this problem even with the distinguished people you can enlist to help.”  He agrees to donate $150,000 if Cabot can’t raise the money and wants to go ahead with establishing a national commission.

3/17/87 DP donates $1,000,000 to the University of Southern California, School of Engineering

3/10/87 DP to Gary Greene of Moss Landing Marine Labs: “I have talked to Clarence Tighe about the old D4 tractor at Elkhorn.  You can take it and use it in return for keeping it in operating shape.  If we need it for a day or two now and then, we will arrange to pick it up…”


3/10/87 DP memo to John Young on subject of Wood Associates, S.P.: “I am not interested in this.  If you are, let them know and if not, I will turn it off.” [Archivist’s note: This is one of the few DP communications to Young in these months.]

3/10/87 DP to Frank Carlucci, Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, informing him of “a flare-up problems with my back” and being placed in a fiber-glass cast and being “grounded” for thirty days. “I am pleased to see that the situation at the White House is improving from the work of the Tower Commission.”

3/10/87 DP to Roland W. Schmitt, Chairman, National Science Board, expressing pleasure at being selected to receive the Vannevar Bush Award.  “I am sure there are many others more deserving of this award than I, but I also believe that Dr. Bush had a more positive influence on the relationship of science and the federal government than any of the other great scientists of this era.  For that reason I consider this to be a very special recognition for me.”

3/6/87 DP to Raymond E. (Red) LeMasters, Pueblo CO, inviting him and others for a week at Tetachuck Lodge in June.  Others are Dale Rea, Bud Damman, Andy Sackman

3/6/87 DP to Rodney Perkins, Resound Corp., Palo Alto, agreeing to invest $100,000 in the corporation and hoping Barney Oliver and Don Hammond will also participate

3/4/87 DP memo to Mike Lee, Larry Thompson, and Dan Bihn on the “Remotely Operated Vehicle System for the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Program”

2/23/87 DP to California Museum of Science and Industry endorsing the nomination of Dr. Alejandro Zaffaroni, founder and chairman of the Alza Corporation as the California Industrialist of the Year

2/13/87 DP to Bruce Stewart, Education Program Curator, Monterey Bay Aquarium, approving field trips on the Elkhorn Slough property with “concern about people wandering off of the natural trails on the rest of the property”

2/13/87 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 2/13-17

2/11/87 DP donates $1,000 to Responsible Gun Owners

2/11/87 DP lists for the Under Secretary for Acquisitions DoD men whom he think could be helpful in evaluating the Strategic Defense Initiative, giving retired HP Exec. Vice President Ralph Lee high praise

2/10/87 DP to Miss Mary Packard, 1445 Bernal Avenue, Burlingame: “I apologize for the long delay in responding to your note of December 31st.  We were saddened by the loss of your father.  Although I had not seen him recently, I was a great admirer of him for many years.  Lu and I hope to have a chance to see you and say hello some time in the near future.”


2/10/87 DP to Dede Bent, Pacific Grove: “…I do not believe it would be practical for us to set up an aquaculture effort in the fresh water ponds on our Moss Landing property.  This property is being developed primarily to restore it to its original state and to attract wildlife”

2/10/87 DP to Walter H. Munk, Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, UC, San Diego, agreeing to grant $30,000 “to prepare an inventory of existing instruments and documentation to determine what might be required for a special collection”

2/10/87 DP to Denny Smith of the Foundation: Americans for Strength through Efficiency, saying he would not provide financial support for the foundation as “there are already too many foundations.”  He adds “I also question whether it is appropriate for member of the Congress to establish foundations focusing on the military establishment…One clear conclusion…is that the people in the Congress were spending far too much time discussing detail defense issues, line items in the budget and the like…”

2/9/87 DP endorses the nomination of Dr. Arnold O. Beckman for the Founders Award of the National Academy of Engineering.  “I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Dr. Beckman on many occasions since Mr. Hewlett and I started our company in 1939.  Dr. Beckman had started his company in Southern California a few years before and we benefitted from his wisdom in…the field of scientific instrumentation…”

2/9/87 DP to Ernst Weber, Tryhon NC, saying he would be “pleased to visit…about the early days of radio and electronics…”

2/9/87 DP donates $2,000 to the Japan-American Student Conference

2/9/87 DP to Donald Rumsfeld, Chicago, saying he has not decided what “I am going to do about the upcoming Presidential election except to make a contribution to several of the candidates at this time.”  He donates $2,000

2/9/87 DP to Leslie A. Brunt, HP Employees Federal Credit Union, saying “I do not think it would be appropriate for me as Chairman…to write to employee groups to encourage them to support the Republican Party.”  He says he is “a Republican [although] I believe all the people in the company should feel completely free to join the party of their choice”

2/5/87 DP to Mrs. E.S. Pashley, sending $20,000 as “a gift from Lu and me.  We thought it might be helpful for you to have some extra funds available while you work out the details of Bud’s estate”

2/5/87 DP donates $200,000 to the San Jose Museum of Art

1/80/87 DP to Junior Achievement of Santa Clara County refusing to have a video or exhibit on his life.  “Unfortunately, we are living in a changed world and in consideration of the safety of my family it is important for me to minimize my personal exposure.”


1/30/87 DP buys a band saw from Mighty Mite Industries, Portland OR for just over $10,000 [see also 1/12 and 21/87 for additional purchases, apparently for the Aquarium]

1/30/87 DP memo to Dave Kirby saying “I do not want to be involved in any Bicentennial activity”

1/30/87 DP to James W. Abellera, American Enterprise Institute, expressing his view that “the utility of most think tanks is marginal at best”

1/23/87 DP to Richard A. Overacker suggesting he go up to the Northwest School at Port Townsend and not to worry “about the boat for me at this time”

1/22/87 DP donates $150 for the Eagle Scout Dinner, San Francisco

1/13/87 DP to Mrs. Jean-Paul Gimon inviting her to her father’s retirement dinner from the Board of Directors on 1/22

1/12/87 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 1/13-17

1/9/87 DP to Ralph Osterling: “…We will make a special plot of the tall fescue and let you know how it turns out”

1/9/87 DP donates $5,000 to George Fox College for Symposium VI

Box 20, Folder 9  1987 April May, June

6/25/87 DP to Akio Morita, Sony, regretting he can’t tour the Aquarium with him. “We are undertaking a major research program to explore the waters of the Monterey Canyon down to the depth of 6,000 feet with remotely operated vehicles.  We are planning to use your cameras which will be controlled by fiber optic links to the surface.  I have a group of people from the Hewlett-Packard Company that are working on the design of these underwater vehicles which will be at the state of the art…This program I am funding on a family basis and we would have no restrictions on the use of any new technology we develop because it will be done by a public interest organization”

6/18/87 DP donates $1,000 to the George Bush campaign, still not sure who he will support on a public basis

6/11/87 DP to Bruno Weinschel suggesting that the best way to coordinate science and technology in the government is through the Science Advisory Committee.  DP finds strong support in the Congress, but not in the White House

6/11/87 DP to Beverly Sills with donation of $50,000 for the NY City Opera

6/11/87 DP to Mrs. M. E. Murphy: “Dear Harriett: I write you during this sad time in our lives to tell you I was greatly saddened to learn of Turk’s death.  My deepest sympathy goes out to you with the assurance that Turk and his music will live on in the memories of his thousands of friends everywhere”

6/9/87 Margaret Paull to Rick Weaver on accepting for DP the 1987 Technology Transfer Society Jefferson Award

6/4/87 DP donates $1,000 to Senator Terry Sanford


5/28/87 DP to George W. Baldwin, Prince George, BC:  “It is too bad the Lands people won’t go along with the original suggestion of one consolidation, but I think the other plan is entirely adequate.  As a practical matter I don’t see any likelihood that we will want to keep the leases for more than a few years ahead…”

5/28/87 DP to Jay Sanford, Dean, University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda MD, suggesting that his research on possible medical applications of the Free-Electron Laser might interest the HP medical people and something of mutual interest might be worked out

5/27/87 DP donates $10,000 for the Delta Waterfowl & Wetlands Research Station research program

5/26/87 DP to Aristotle Scoledes, Palo Alto: “I am sorry to tell you that Mrs. Packard is in the terminal stages of cancer.  She is under heavy sedation and only her children are allowed to see her”

5/22/87 DP to Dr. Solomon J. Buchsbaum: “Thank you for accepting the Vannevar Bush Award for me at the presentation dinner of the National Science Board…this award means a great deal to me.  The programs that were supported by ONR and NSF at Stanford, Brooklyn Polytechnic and other universities encouraged our company to develop a line of instruments in the period from 1946 to the early 1950s that enabled us to participate in a big way in the electronic boom of the 1950s and 1960s.  Thus I always felt that we benefited [sic] in a very significant way from Vannevar Bush’s vision.”

5/20/87 DP to Ms. R. Ross, Oakland CA, one of very few DP donations to a private individual

5/18/87 DP to George Baldwin, Prince George, BC, listing the cost of the work that was done at Tetachuck Lodge to winterize the Club House and add a bedroom; total cost $34,306.39

[Archivist’s note: DP had a major back operation on 4/7]

5/14/87 DP memo to Don Hammond outlining the work of HP employees on the Submersible Vehicle Project for the Monterey Aquarium; DP will pay the bills

5/14/87 DP to Dr. Dennis A. Powers concerning the establishment of MBARI

5/12/87 DP to Donald Kennedy, Stanford, about the Hopkins Marine Station property

5/1/87 DP to NASA thanking them for the videotape of his presentation at the Second NASA Symposium on Quality and Productivity on 12/1/86; tape sent to HP Public Relations

[Gift books sent to DP by Joe Alsop and Richard Nixon]

4/29/87 DP to Dr. Allan Bromley, Yale, on implementation of their report’s recommendations on the health of US colleges and universities; warm letter and encourages him to visit.  “I can sit up, walk around and talk.  Whether I can think straight is another question…”


4/29/87 DP to Dan Mirich, Altus Corporation: “Bill Hewlett has given me a copy of your letter of April 14th about your work on high energy batteries…it will probably be toward the end of this year or early next year before we have our designs worked out…” at the Monterey Aquarium

4/29/87 DP to Roger B. Smith, General Motors, thanking him for annual report.  “I think we will begin to pick up steam all across the industrial sectors which remain at the forefront of technology…”

4/28/87 DP memo to John Young and Rod Carlson about HP contributing to the Museum of Flight in Seattle, a project of T. Wilson and Boeing, “one of our best customers”

4/28/87 DP to National Academy of Engineering endorsing Dr. John Stuart Foster, Jr. for the 1987 Founders Award, “one of the really outstanding scientists of the country”

4/28/87 DP to Nicholas F. Brady: “…Jim Ling and John Douglas are in the process of canvassing the members and setting up an agenda, hopefully to have our final meeting and make our report to the President sometime during the last week in June or the first two weeks in July.  Frankly, I do not think things are going very well with our recommendations, but we will have one last chance at bat and I think we should make a very tough report to the President.”

4/28/87 DP to Robert M. White, President, National Academy of Engineering, pleased that Len Cutler and Don Hammond were elected as member of the Academy: “both well qualified”

4/27/87 DP memo to Ben Holmes about “Free-Electron Laser” which he believes “may have some very important medical applications.  As you may know, I was involved in founding the Uniformed Services University.  You will note they have been given $1.5 million for research in this field.  You should assign one of your top technical people to get acquainted with what they are doing…”

4/27/87 DP to Robert A. Swanson, CEO, Genetech, saying “you and some of your people might be interested in the story of how E.coli got its name.  Ernst Weber, who headed up the electrical engineering program at Polytechnic University for many years, is an old friend of mine.  He was out here a few weeks ago reminiscing about the early days of radio and electronics” and apparently he sent DP some papers on the subject [no further details]


4/23/87 DP to Arthur l. Norberg, Babbage Institute, Univ. of MN:   “…I have decided that I will not give the Institute a copyright of any kind for the oral history we did.  It is not a very good job in the first place, I was too busy with other things.  I may want to have an autobiography done or some other work about my life and I should be free to repeat or have repeated anything I said without paying a royalty to the Institute.  The Institute can decide whether or not it wants to make the material available to third parties.  I supposes you could charge a fee for access as long as it is not for something I am doing or having done for me.  I see no other possibilities of handling this situation”

4/23/87 DP to Julie Packard, Robin Burnett, and Mark Shelley outlining the work Sea Studios will do on the ROV project since there has been “a gross misunderstanding about their role in the Monterey Bay Research Institute.”  He outlines how the Institute will operate in detail

4/23/87 DP memo to Larry Thompson, Daniel Bihn and Mike Lee on their work for the Monterey Bay Research Project

4/23/87 copy of letter DP sent to be read at the National Science Board dinner where he was to receive the Vannevar Bush award

4/23/87 DP to Professor Tjeerd van Andel, Cambridge, England, with a detailed response of the research committee of the Aquarium board to the report prepared by the search committee.  “…some thought the recommendations were too strongly biased toward Stanford” who appear to be unwilling to strengthen their Hopkins Marine Station program.  Also, DP favors proceeding with improving the facilities and equipment so that when the new director is on board, he can plan his program.  DP does “not want this program to be directed or controlled by Stanford in any way…” [two-page letter]

4/22/87 DP memo to Bob Kirkwood on political contributions: “I have decided that as of now I…will make no personal political contributions to any candidates for corporate purposes.”  In the past, he made “contributions to candidates in areas where HP is involved”

4/6/87 DP to Bill Packard, Santa Ana, saying he “was pleased to hear from you again” and is sorry not to help in the re-establishment of the Packard Motor Vehicle Company

4/6/87 DP to Raymond E. LeMasters of Pueblo planning a fishing trip in June

4/6/87 DP to Benjamin Biaggini about use of Tetachuck Lodge in July

4/6/87 DP resigns from board of directors of the Alliance to Save Energy

4/6/87 DP to Dave Nelson, San Felipe Ranch, confirming reservations for his family at Tetachuck

4/6/87 DP to William Calder McCall confirming reservations for Tetachuck [see also 7/6/87 firming up details for trip]

4/6/87 DP donates 10,000 HP shares to Dr. Alexander R. Margulis, Dept. of Radiology, UCSF and the magnetic resonance facility  [see also 8/20/87 where Alexander Margulis offers to help with research work at the Aquarium]


4/6/87 to Vincent Puritano, VP, Unisys Corp about the report from their committee on government procurement.  DP can’t decide if DoD is the full problem or if the Congress is part of the problem too.  “…I want to be sure we are correct in our evaluation”

4/6/87 DP resigns from the board of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

4/2/87 DP to Edward B. Ayres, Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford CT, on the 93rd birthday of his mother who Lu and DP honor

4/2/87 DP to Frank Boren, President The Nature Conservancy: “In view of the recent development in respect to the international program of The Nature Conservancy” he will give no further support “beyond honoring the commitment I have made to the Wild California program” [see also letter, same date, to Charles J. Hedlund, Conservation International]

4/1/87 DP to Amos A. Jordan, President, Center for Strategic & International Studies, Georgetown University: “…my plan is to get out of ‘public policy’ projects as fast as I can and undertake no new ones, beyond those where scientific knowledge can be expanded to the future benefit of the world”

Box 20, Folder 10  1987 July, August, September

9/24/87 DP to William F. Dailey, Principal Gifts Director, Stanford Centennial, Stanford University: “…I would be pleased to join Bill Hewlett to discuss the proposed ‘Silicon Valley Exhibit’ planned for 1991…At the present time I would not be interested in having my papers eventually come to the University, except possibly the Hoover Institution…”

9/24/87 DP to the National Academy of Public Administration saying he would be pleased to be an Honorary Sponsor of the Elmer B. Staats Fund for Public Service but would not attend the event

9/21/87 DP to Marilyn J. Niksa, ELTECH Systems, Fairport Harbor OH, thanking her for informing him about AQUANAUTICS CORP.: “We are proceeding with an unmanned submersible as the first step in our research project for the Monterey Bay, but I am very much interested in the possibility of a battery powered vehicle”

9/21/87 DP to Kenneth S. Norris, Institute of Marine Sciences, about his Monterey Bay Aquarium activities, so he can concentrate on MBARI.  Also some talk on Norris’ students using French Camp

9/15/87 DP to Supervisors of Santa Clara County requesting again that the Wildlife Ranger position be kept

9/4/87 DP to Richard G. Johnson, Los Altos, to hire him to provide advice on the Packard Science and Engineering Fellowships

9/4/87 DP donates $200,000 to the Triton Museum program


9/3/87 DP to Dr. Jay P. Sanford, Uniformed Services University, saying he now realizes that there is not “very much activity on free electron laser technology…[although he thinks it] “has significant potential in the medical field…”

9/3/87 DP donates $500 to the Stanford Cheerleading squad

9/3/87 DP to Anthony Zeiss, Pueblo Community College, thanking him for the invitation to participate in the program to dedicate the “Sperry S. Packard High Adventure Base”

9/3/87 DP to Katherine E. Boyd saying he had already contributed $1,000 to the George Bush campaign but had “not decided yet to support him publicly”

9/2/87 DP to California Chinese American Republican Association agreeing with the need to increase U.S. exports to Japan but not sure how to accomplish this.  He does donate $10,000

9/2/87 DP to J. Willard Marriott, Jr, saying he knew his father “through many pleasant business and political associations.”  DP writes to ask Marriott to learn more about the Children’s Hospital at the Stanford Medical Center.  He notes that Marriott had a favorable experience with the newborn medical services at Stanford and that he and Lu “too had the pleasure of positive outcomes involving twin grandchildren who were born prematurely…we know first-hand the value of superb medical capabilities in this field” [additional letters to raise funds for the Children’s Hospital were written around the same time, pointing out that he and Lu made a substantial contribution but “also left a funding gap of $20 million as a vehicle to engage members of the community in the formation of a permanent family of supporters for the new hospital”]

8/28/87 DP to U.S. Business and Industrial Council noting that HP’s Government/Public Affairs area is now sufficient “to adequately cover the programs in Congress that are of interest to our welfare” so HP no longer will participate in the USBIC

8/20/87 DP to John F. Welch, General Electric: “I am disappointed that we did not accomplish more with the Commission’s work on Defense management.  It now looks as though we will have to wait for a new administration to get some of the serious problems corrected although the Congress may be willing to help in some areas before then”

8/18/87 DP to Frederick C. Crawford, TRW, Inc. who writes about the Michelson-Morley centennial celebration.  “That experiment was certainly a milestone in scientific progress.  It was a real example of ingenuity prevailing over instrumentation, machinery and equipment that happens once in a while.”  DP donates $5,000


8/17/87 DP to Marius Furst: “I am sorry to get the news that you were leaving the company to pursue another opportunity with a major South Africa public company.  The successes you have achieved in developing HP-South Africa, during most difficult and challenging times, resulted not only in many satisfied customers, but a dedicated group of employees who added strength and character to the company.  For all this  I send you my appreciation and sincere thanks”

8/17/87 DP to Senator John W. Warner thanking him “for putting our last report to the President into the record with your endorsement.  I think we have done all we can on this matter for, as you know better than I, the Congress is all for doing a better management job in DoD…[but] the individual members are not interested when it involves a DoD spending reduction in their district or state, and of course that means practically everyone in the Congress.  Frankly, I have already wasted too much of my time on this problem and I am going to devote my efforts in the future to some personal interests where I can accomplish something myself”

8/17/87 DP sends $20,000 to York School

8/17//87 DP donates to University of Chicago $50,000 on his pledge for the George P. Shultz Professorship

8/17/87 DP donates $20,000 towards the Arbuckle Chair at the Stanford Graduate School of Business

8/17/87 DP donates $50,000 to the Pueblo Family YMCA

8/17/87 DP donates $50,000 to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

8/17/87 DP to John W. Gardner: “My back is getting better week by week.  It was a problem at the Grove and you are thoughtful to have mentioned it”

8/17/87 DP donates $10,000 to the Hoover Presidential Library Association for the Hoover Library/Museum

8/17/87 DP donates $50,000 to the Junior Achievement

8/17/87 DP donates $10,000 to the School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University

8/17/87 DP donates $50,000 to the Concord Academy, Concord MA

8/17/87 DP donates $25,000 to the Bob Hope Village

8/10/87 DP to John Young: “In future I think someone from your office should approve Jack Beckett’s consulting work so it is coordinated with other HP activities in Washington D.C.  I plan to be involved in other activities this fall and I don’t expect to spend any more time trying to reform the DoD”

8/10/87 DP to Richard A. Overacker, Port Townsend WA, agreeing he should get a job.  “My thought about building a boat was really only a tentative idea…If you cannot find a satisfactory job, let me know and I will do what I can to help.”

8/7/87 DP donates $10,000 to the American Friends of the University of Edinburgh in Philadelphia


7/27/87 DP donates $100,000 for the purchase of additional 200 shares of Ling Technologies, which he says are his last purchases in this company

7/13/87 several letters changing ownership title in investments from David Packard to David Packard as Trustee U/D of Revocable Trust and other personal finance changes [personal]

Box 20, Folder 11  1987 October, November, December

12/31/87 DP donates $150,000 to Wolf Trap Foundation

12/30/87 DP agrees to accept the Henry M. Jackson award

12/30/87 DP donates $2,000 to the Marcus A. Foster Educational Institute

12/30/87 DP completes his pledge of $1 million to the Triton Museum

12/30/87 DP donates $250,000 for The Wilson Center, Smithsonian

12/30/87 DP donates $25,000 to the Ushiba Memorial Foundation

12/30/87 DP donates $50,000 to the University of Southern Colorado, Pueblo

12/30/87 DP donates $250,000 to the Home Equity Loan Program for Seniors, Palo Alto

12/30/87 DP to Paul Nitze inviting him to spend the weekend.  “I have plenty of room at home but we could go down and spend the weekend at Big Sur if you would like”

12/30/87 DP to Rev. Leon H. Sullivan sending $250,000 for his International Foundation for Education and Self-Help

12/30/87 DP donates $250,000 to KQED

Many letters requesting money and speaking opportunities

12/21/87 DP to Secretary of Defense Frank C. Carlucci suggesting a meeting in Washington where DP is going in January to talk with George Bush “about some of our Commission’s recommendations”

12/18/87 DP to John F. Welch, General Electric, asking his people to look over his draft of Code of Ethics [see also same date, letter to US General Accounting Office: “utilizing the Code of Ethics and self discipline could make a significant contribution to improvement in defense management.”  See also 11/23/87 letters to Dr. Rueben F. Mettler, TRW Inc., Stephen Altman of US General Accounting Office, a second letter to John F. Welch]

12/18/87 DP donates $50,000 to the Private Sector Council

12/18/87 DP to Roger B. Smith, Business Roundtable, suggesting they help with the registration of 18-year old men with the Selective Service

12/14/87 DP donates $1,000 for the Pacific Legal Foundation

12/14/87 DP pledges $50,000 to the proposed Edward Teller endowment at Hoover Institution


12/11/87 DP memo to Art Dauer suggesting that Tim Walker, Ed Porter’s son-in-law, be given a job “and let it be determined by his performance from there on”

12/8/87 DP donates $5,000 to Quentin L. Kopp for the Johnson-Kopp-Montoya Campaign Reform Initiative [see 11/17/87 letter to William M. Thomas saying DP would not support his Public Financing Initiative]

11/23/87 DP donates $1,000 to the John W. Macy, Jr. Internship in Public Administration, Wesleyan University

11/23/87 DP donates $1,000 to the “NO WAY DAY” in Morgan Hill

11/23/87 DP sends condolences to the family of Roger Lewis whom he knew from Stanford in the 1930s.  “It was good fun to be with him.  He always had a new story to tell or something interesting to report, or a new plan to solve a problem he had confronted…”

11/23/87 DP condolences to K. H. Lee of the Samsung Group on the death of Mr. Byung Chull Lee, Seoul, Korea

11/19/87 DP donates $5,000 to Peter G. Peterson of The Blackston Group

11/19/87 DP memo to Genie Bachert, Medical Products Group, Andover: “…both Bill Hewlett and I were interested in ultrasound in the 1960s because it appeared to us that this was clearly the immerging [sic] technique in the field of medicine, and for that matter in some other fields as well.  At that time ultrasound technology was rather primitive in comparison to that done today, and we simply hoped the Hewlett-Packard company would be in the forefront in medical science work.  I am pleased, of course, that we have done so well with ultrasound in the cardiology application.  I am a little disappointed, however, that we have not done as well…in other areas of medicine…”

11/16/87 DP donates $170,000 to the Children’s Discovery Museum  in San Jose

11/16/87 DP to John Young saying Jim Billington would be pleased to meet with HP people “to discuss computer needs of the Library of Congress”; he also wants David Woodley “to meet with Jim to consider whether his specialized computers for the classics might be of any interest”

11/6/87 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 11/8-11

11/6/87 DP to Professor Walter E. Hecox, Colorado College: “…it did not surprise me at all that Ken Sasaoka did a good job and created some real excitement and interest among the student” [also letter to KS at Yokogawa-HP, Japan]

11/6/87 DP to Virginia and Tom Cabot, Weston MA, thanking them for the “wonderful weekend” in Colorado.  “I am especially pleased to know you have arranged to preserve the ranch for the enjoyment of your children and to forestall the commercial development in the future”


11/6/87 DP to Roger D. Estep, VP, Howard University, who suggested an endowed scholarship fund in the name if Lucile Packard.  DP wrote he was not “in a position to make a commitment for a large enough gift to justify this recognition” but was appreciative for the thoughtfulness

11/6/87 DP memo to Dean Morton on computer graphics developed at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

11/6/87 DP to Representative Les Aspin concerning legislation on data rights which DoD claims is not necessary but DP knows is needed as DoD “is still taking advantage of the leverage in an unfair way”

11/6/87 DP agrees to be a member of the Honorary Advisory Board for the CIOS XXI World Management Congress

10/29/87 DP donates $500 to the SFSU wrestling team

10/29/87 DP donates $1,000 to the Committee to Re-elect Tom Foley

10/28/87 DP donates $5000 to The Ethics Resource Center, responding to a letter from Edward L. Hennessy, Jr., Allied-Signal, Inc.

10/28/87 DP donates $5000 to help with the continuing educational efforts of the Japan Society of Northern California

[DP receives many individual requests which he almost always refuses with words similar to this: ”Although I am sympathetic to your problems, due to the large number of request I receive, I have made a firm rule not to give such help on an individual basis.”  However on 10/22/87 DP sent $500 to a woman in the Philippines trying to complete her nursing education.  According to a letter dated 3/15/88, nurse Joan Bolanos had her capping ceremony [and sent a  photograph] and DP sent another $500; see also 5/17/88 when this woman asked for more help but DP said no and returned the photograph as requested.  Archivist’s note: It seems that whenever DP does send a small contribution to help an individual, usually with education, the person requests additional funds within a few months]

10/22/87 DP to Allen E. Puckett who has taken over the job of Chairman of the Private Sector Council [see also letters on the same date urging board members “to stay on for a year or so to at least give Allen your moral support”]

DP sends his speech given October 14th at the Association of the U.S. Army in Washington to senators and others

10/19/87 DP donates $5,000 to the United Negro College Fund

10/19/87 DP donates $5,000 to the Pacific Institute for Public Policy Research

10/19/87 DP donates $5,000 to the Lincoln University Foundation

10/19/87 DP donates $1,000 to the National Society for Children and Adults with Autism

10/19/87 DP donates $10,000 for the National Academy of Public Administration


10/19/87 DP donates $500 to George Washington High School Speech/Debate Team

10/19/87 DP donates $5,000 to the Ethics Resources Center

10/19/87 DP donates $5,000 to The American Spectator

10/19/87 DP donates $5,000 to the Paul H. Nitze endowment fund

10/19/87 DP donates $5,000 to The Committee for a Single Six-Year

Presidential Term

10/19/87 DP donates $1,000 to UCB, Friends of the Bancroft Library for the Kurt Herbert Adler Oral History Project

10/19/87 DP donates $5,000 to Accuracy in Media

10/19/87 DP donates $5,000 to the Alliance to Save Energy

10/19/87 DP donates $5,000 to the Atlantic Council, Washington DC

10/19/87 DP donates $10,000 to the Friends of the American Institute of Physics for History of Physics

10/19/87 DP donates $1,000 to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Fresno

10/13/87 DP memo on MBARI to Larry Thompson and Daniel Bihn informing them that with Mike Lee taking over in Monterey, DP will not provide the $1,000 per month for extracurricular work [letter to Michael Lee saying same thing]

10/12/87 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington and Ohio 10/13-18; DP is to be enshrined in the Engineering & Science Hall of Fame in Dayton OH; trip ends with a day or two hunting at San Felipe Ranch [flies to Challis, Idaho] with WRH

10/9/87 DP gives Richard A. Overacker $3,300 for tools; see also 10/7/87

10/5/87 DP to Dr. Halbert B. Dodd of the Cardiology Clinic of Union City, TN: “Your letter of September 22 causes me to wonder what your reaction would be should a prospective patient ask you about your personal and political beliefs before entrusting himself to your care.  I’m sure you would find such a question irrelevant and insulting.  Actually, I think the choices available to you are quite clear.  Should you be seeking top quality equipment for your clinic that is backed by effective service and support, then you should consider Hewlett-Packard.  If, however, your purchasing decisions are based on emotion rather than professional judgment, then perhaps you should seek another supplier.”

10/5/87 DP to OICW, Menlo Park, sending matching funds of $2,714

Box 20, Folder 12  1988 January, February, March

3/31/88 DP to the Bush Campaign headquarters enclosing “a copy of the speech on Ethics…I hope it will be helpful to George’s campaign”

3/28/88 DP endorses William J. Perry for the 1988 Arthur M. Bueche Award

3/28/88 DP supports the Johnson/Kopp/Montoya initiative on the Campaign Spending Limits Act for California


3/28/88 DP to R. L. Hartung, Vice President, Chevron, thanking him and Ken Derr for “the information on the donation of water rights on the Gunnison.  I started fishing in that country 60 years ago and I am delighted to hear what Chevron has done.”

3/23/88 DP to Susan M. Henderson who must have written about the deer fencing at DP’s home: “There were two problems [with the double fence idea].  First, I would lose one row of apricot tress and second, it is difficult to cultivate and keep neat between the fences.  I have the fence completed, all the neighbors are happy and the city officials have inspected it and approved it.”

3/21/88 DP to Paul M. Cook, Raychem Corp., confirming his commitment of $120,000 to support the OICW matching grant [Archivist’s note: several letters indicate that DP seems to match the monthly total raised]

3/18/88 DP donates $25,000 to the Denver Symphony

3/15/88 DP to Alan B. Simpkins agreeing to purchase the property adjacent to the State Marine Lab in Moss Landing for $183,816

3/15/88 DP donates $1,000 for the Rotary PolioPlus Program of the Palo Alto Rotary Club

3/15/88 DP to E. E. E. (Gene) Trefethen, Jr. saying that he would not contribute to the Oakland Museum. “To be perfectly frank, I have been supporting many activities in San Francisco and Oakland for a number of years and there has been no reciprocation in this area to support the Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, which as you know is one of my important personal projects  [see also 8/2/88 to Willard F. Rockwell, Jr. where DP says he has contributed to other people’s causes and has “experienced virtually no reciprocity”]

3/14/88 DP to Governor Booth Gardner, donating $5,000 for the Western Governors’ Association annual meeting

3/11/88 DP to Professor Phil Griffiths, Duke University, suggesting an advisory board meeting to outline the plans for the David and Lucile Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering which DP hopes to award to 20 students this year

3/8/88 DP to T. Kong Lee, President, Chinese Times Publishing Co., San Francisco, enclosing a short “Foreword” for his new book; “I have been a great admirer of Dr. T. Kong Lee for many years….His life story is living testimony to the fact that the United States is indeed a land of opportunity, where anyone who is willing to work hard can get ahead”

3/8/88 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 3/9-11

3/7/88 DP donates $2,500 for the reception with Gov. Deukmejian


3/7/88 DP to US Army Corps of Engineers, San Francisco, saying he is the owner of the Packard Ranch and fully supports “the planned development by the Wildlife Management Division of the California Dept. of Fish and Game for the 4,700 foot-levee the Corps of Engineers is considering”

3/7/88 DP to Harriet Moseley (Mrs. Andrew B. Moseley), Mountain View, who is in ill health.  “I always think of you as one of our best and most responsible, as well as most thoughtful employees…”

3/7/88 DP agrees to be the keynote speaker at the April 15th event for the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center

3/7/88 DP thanks The Wilson Center for their necktie.  “I don’t like to look a gift horse in the mouth, but frankly I think neckties are a waste of money in these endeavors.  I must have twenty or thirty of them by now and there is seldom an occasion to wear any of them”

3/7/88 DP donates $1,500 for a table at the dinner honoring Secretary of State George F. Shultz

3/7/88 DP donates $2,000 to the Audubon Birdathon

3/7/88 DP to James B. Angell thanking him “for sending me my Stanford E. E. file from 1939. I am not very nostalgic about such things but I have no objections to having you keep them at an appropriate place”

3/2/88 DP to Melvin R. Laird, Washington: “Thanks for sending the articles about the INF treaty. I hope it gets ratified without too much delay.  It looks as though George Bush is having a hard time to get off the ground and I am having some doubts about him”

3/1/88 DP to Wells Fargo instructing them on his stocks, which are listed

2/29/88 DP’s scheduled trip to Los Angeles, 3/1-2

2/25/88 DP to John Sculley, Apple Computer, inviting him to a dinner at Ann and Gordon Getty’s to honor John Heinz, Senator from Pennsylvania who is the next Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, “a champion of tax credits and depreciation for capital-intensive industries…a champion for the free enterprise system”

2/25/88 DP to John A. Hooper: “I am in complete sympathy with your note of February 8 about the President’s position on abortion.  I think it is terrible and I do not support it in any way.  I hope this policy can be changed by the leadership of the Republican part in the near future.”

2/25/88 DP asks Colburn Wilbur to let him know if the AIDS Hospice program in Santa Clara County is something that he or the foundation should consider

2/25/88 DP donates $1,000 for the Sadat Peace Foundation, NY

2/25/88 DP donates $250 for the Pueblo County 4-H Livestock Sale

2/25/88 DP donates $250 for the fashion show to benefit Feed the Homeless


2/25/88 DP to James R. Ambrose, Under Secretary of the Army, DoD, bringing to his attention the program of the Global Positioning Satellite under Charles R. Trimble, a program that was started at HP but no longer is connected to the company

2/25/88 DP donates $1,000 for the Milton Educational Resource in Milton WV

2/22/88 DP to Electronics Publishing refusing to be interviewed on defense procurement reform. “I have spent so much time ‘tilting windmills’ on this subject over the past few years that I have decided to devote all of my time from here on to my personal affairs and let other people carry the ball on defense procurement reform.”

2/22/88 DP donates $5,000 for Athletics for Kids, Washington

2/11/88 DP to Vice President George Bush: “A number of prominent California Republicans are concerned that none of our Republican candidates for President have made conservation of America’s natural resources and the protection of the environment a major component of their campaigns…Republicans have not and should not give the conservation platform to the liberal democrats.  Yet that is what the public’s perception appears to be especially in the media’s reporting of these issues…Part of being a conservative means caring about our country’s natural resources and being wise stewards of those resources for future Americans.  I feel sure this would be a good issue for you to get ahead of the crowd.”

2/9/88 DP to Mrs. Albert B. Griggs: “I really should have addressed you as Dear Virginia for I do remember you and your family very well.  I was most pleased to have your note about our early years in Pueblo.  I remember the Christmas carols you speak about.  My mother was a remarkable person in many ways and deserves a great deal of credit for whatever success I have had, though it was largely a matter of good luck…” [personal]

2/9/88 DP to Carolyn Cavolt who sent him a clipping about the pelicans.  “I am already helping the pelicans.  I have a reserve on Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, where we are preserving and enhancing the environment for all kinds of birds, including pelicans.”

2/12/88 DP memo to “HP General Managers,” suggesting that they review the INF Treaty.  “For those of you based in the U.S., the vote on the treaty could be close and it would be good for your Senators to know your personal views.”

2/5/88 DP donates $1,000 to the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame, Monterey

2/5/88 DP donates $10,000 to Richard G. Johnson to help continue his work


2/5/88 DP endorsed Dr. Reuben F. Mettler for the Bohemian Club outlining his work with TRW and other cultural and educational activities.  “During the past several years I have worked closely with Rube Mettler to help establish a program of self-government for companies in the defense industry…to examine and enforce Codes of Ethics…”

2/5/88 DP to Arthur W. Wang with a quote praising Simon Ramo’s new book, The Business of Science

2/3/88 DP to Hoover Institution pledging $50,000 to an endowment to establish the Edward Teller Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Science, Technology and Public Policy

2/2/88 DP to Richard Barber on the plans for a new building at Hopkins Marine Station to be shared with MBARI

1/29/88 DP donates $500 to Bill Duplissea campaign

1/29/88 DP donates $150 for the Eagle Scout Dinner, San Francisco

1/21/88 DP’s scheduled trip to Seattle 1/24-25

1/19/88 DP to Howard Baker in The White House requesting that the President include in his State of the Union speech a statement about the importance of science and technology [several suggestions of the wording are given]

Box 20 Folder 13  1988 April, May, June

6/29/88 DP invites friends to the annual deer hunt at the San Felipe Ranch

6/28/88 DP endorses Akio Morita for the Founders Medal of IEEE

6/23/88 DP to Kun Hee Lee, Chairman of the Board, The Samsung Group, thanking him for their gracious reception during the HP Board visit in Korea.  DP lists the potential cooperative efforts between HP and Samsung: “the manufacture by Samsung of a state-of-the-art 386-based portable computer/workstation, the transfer from HP to Samsung of PCB design and fabrication technology, increased support by HP to Samsung for design automation (CAD/CAM) and a long-term semiconductor purchase and technical cooperation agreement.”

6/24/88 DP to Acquisitions Editor, Tempus Books of Microsoft Press, refusing to endorse the book The New Wizard War which “presents a highly distorted assessment of the problem” of encouraging Soviet access to US advanced technology

6/27/88 DP to Industrial Drillers, Inc. on drilling wells at Tetachuck

6/23/88 DP to President of Colorado College informing him that the family foundation is now handling all of DP’s charitable contributions; he points out that if Colorado College trustees vote to divest “do not request any further funds from me.”


6/10/88 DP to Milton Friedman, Hoover Institution, on the relationship between Hoover and Stanford: “I am strongly opposed to a separation of the Hoover Institution from Stanford because I have always considered Hoover as a counterbalance to the left wing faculty influence.  When I was on the Board of Trustees in the years from 1958 until 1963 or so I did my best to warn President Sterling that Stanford was being taken over by a dangerous group of left wing radicals.  He refused to consider my advice and it was for that reason I used what influence I had to get the trustees to establish the Hoover Institution on a basis which eliminated any faculty influence or control…The recent furor was caused by the high visibility of Hoover Fellows in the Reagan administration…I recommend very strongly that the selection process [of a new director] proceed…”

6/9/88 DP to R. A. Schoellhorn, sending $2,000 to the American Nobel Committee

6/6/88 DP to Zhang Yu-Ji, Suzhou, China, thanking him for the microcarving on ivory of the HP Corporate Objectives

Several friends have written asking for advice on hearing aids; finally 6/1/88 DP to Arnold O. Beckman saying he found a good one in Tokyo and is sending it to him

6/2/88 DP to S. D. Bechtel, Jr.: “…I understand very well how badly you feel about the book Friends in High Places.  As a bit of advice to a good friend there is absolutely nothing you could do in a situation like this except to grit your teeth and ignore it.  It will blow over very shortly and no one of any importance will remember it in any case.”

6/2/88 DP to Walter B. Gerken saying he supported Proposition 73 “because our people made a careful analysis of that in comparison with Proposition 68, and we thought 73 was preferable.  There is no point in getting into a big argument at this time.  We will know the results in a week or so.”

5/20/88 DP to George M. Keller, Chevron, concerning Geostar which will provide commercial worldwide petroleum service with a satellite program

5/20/88 DP to Brigadier J. J. Packard, England, requesting a family genealogy although he has no “serious interest” in it

5/19/88 DP to California Governor’s Office thanking them for the letter outlining their program for the support of new technology activities.  “I am sure that program will have enthusiastic support from the industry.  If there is anything I can do as an individual to be helpful I hope you will not hesitate to let me know.”

5/19/88 DP sent $1,000 to Joan McConnell, Santa Rosa, so she can convert her van to hold her wheelchair

5/19/88 DP donates $2,000 for the National Defense University, Santa Ana

Summer 1988 plans for use of Tetachuck by Ben Biaggini and William McCall

5/18/88 DP to Prince George Regional Director of Parks acknowledging the plan about motor vehicle access to Eutsuk and Little Lakes from the Tetachuck Lodge and saying he is “a strong supporter of conservation and I believe the draft plans for Tweedsmuir Provincial Park are excellent.”


5/13/88 DP’s scheduled trip to Seattle, 5/15-17

5/13/88 DP to Jack Brauntuch, J. M. Foundation: “…The reason I am doing the detailed planning for the future of our foundation is precisely because I do not want its work to be dominated by academicians and funding professionals when I am no longer here.  We do not plan to support much medical research other than that at the Children’s Hospital at Stanford, which was a major interest of my wife…simply because I believe medicine already receives more than its share of charitable support.”

5/13/88 DP to William W. Thayer, Santa Monica: “It was great to hear from you again through your letter of May 3rd and have a copy of the 1938 ‘A’ Class.  The years I spent at General Electric were a great experience.  A great many things I learned during those early years were helpful in charting a course for our company.”

5/12/88 DP agrees to accept the 1988 Roback Award on Nov. 3 at the ceremony of National Contract Management Association

5/6/88 DP to the Grover Hermann Foundation thanking them for their gift of $150,000 to the Children’s Hospital at Stanford.  “Only three weeks ago, we broke ground at the site…”

5/4/88 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 5/5-6

5/4/88 DP letter to Philip T. Webb at Wells Fargo outlining problems with the Bank’s management of his accounts

5/4/88 DP letter to Security Pacific National Bank where Foundation accounts have been moved

[There have been several letters trying to correct Dun & Bradstreet who have mixed up the Monterey Bay Aquarium with MBARI]

5/4/88 DP to Senator Mark O. Hatfield regretting that he cannot meet but recommending “very strongly that the Congress give more support to the basic areas [faculty research and teaching] rather than the super colliders and other high visibility projects.  These programs have great glamor but contribute very little to the strength of the U.S. economy.”

5/3/88 DP thanks Morris Doyle for his contribution of Bethlehem Steel Corp. stock “to Lucile’s hospital.”

5/23/88 DP letter to the guests at the 25th anniversary celebration of the establishment of our joint venture company in Japan, Yokogawa Hewlett-Packard: “In recognition of this important occasion, we have chosen to list Hewlett-Packard Company stock on the Tokyo stock exchange, thus further acknowledging the importance of Japan to our company’s activities, and as a symbol of the greater role we hope to play in your country in the future…We trust that we can count on your continuing guidance.”


5/3/88 DP memo to Bill Horst who requested support for his participation in the “Soviet-American Peace Conference”: “People in our company have had a long involvement with the Soviet Union.  My first visit there was 29 years ago.  We had an extensive marketing program there during the ‘detente’ era.  Also one of our scientist, Egon Loebner, was scientific advisor to the U.S. Embassy in Moscow 1974-75…[favors personal contacts but] I do not believe such discussions will alter the Soviet commitment to Communism…you will be disappointed if you expect a major change in the US-USSR relationship in the foreseeable future…such a trip will be a good education for you but of very little value for the company.”

5/2/88 DP to Professor John F. Coales, Cambridge, England, sending $20,000 to support his “work on the history of the development of radar for the Royal Navy.”  Check made out to Churchill College “because I cannot give the money to you personally without incurring a gift tax.”

4/25/88 DP to Allen E. Puckett, Private Sector Council: “Literally billions of dollars of Federal funds have been saved by the outstanding work of the Council and the people who have served to show the way of good business management to Federal agencies and departments.”

4/25/88 DP donates $500 for Luis Acle’s campaign but does not want to be listed as a supporter “simply because I do not know him personally.”

4/12/88 DP’s scheduled trip to Orange County 4/15-16

4/4/88 DP agrees to be an honorary member in the National Academy of Public Administration

4/4/88 Packard Foundation makes a grant of $50,000 to the California State Summer School for the Arts

[DP has a serious problem with his left shoulder and cannot hunt or shoot birds]

4/4/88 DP donates $1,000 to help Senator Terry Sanford’s campaign

Box 20, Folder 14 1988 July, August, September

9/20/88 DP’s scheduled trip to NY 9/21-22

9/15/88 DP agrees to participate in the National Symposium on Frontiers of Science 3/2-4 at the Beckman Center

9/12/88 DP agrees to accept election as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

9/12/88 DP grants permission to reprint his testimony in July before the Senate Armed Services Committee in Across the Board Magazine

8/30/88 DP to Glenn Campbell telling him to accept the Trustees’ retirement plan and outlining DP’s help to date [see also 7/5/88 DP to Dean Watkins and 10/10/88 DP to Campbell]

8/26/88 DP to Shirley Hufstedler agreeing to meet with the

MacArthur Foundation


8/26/88 DP to Christopher C. DeMuth, President, American Enterprise Institute: “I have contributed over two million dollars to American Enterprise Institute to keep the organization from going under, during Bill Baroody’s fateful regime.  I think I have done my share for the time being.”

8/23/88 DP to Robert M. White, President, National Academy of Engineering, enclosing a check for $15,000 towards a five-year pledge “from Motorola Foundation of $75,000.”

8/12/88 DP to Tom Flemmer, HP, Neely, thanking him for the Second Edition Centennial Historical book by Robert Collyer.  “Now it seems like many moons ago (1930) when I was President of the Sophomore Class, but fond memories returned when I glanced through the book.”

8/3/88 DP to Professor Gregg Herken, California Institute of Technology, saying he had glanced through the draft about The President’s Science Advisers from Roosevelt to Reagan and doesn’t have time to respond in detail but “I think it is merely a myth that PSAC was better than the more recent arrangements for providing scientific information to the President.  The issues are more complex today, the political situation is different, and I don’t think trying to turn back the clock is a realistic approach to this problem.”

8/3/88 DP to John Rollins, Westminster Gardens: “It has been brought to my attention (my secretary reads your bulletin) that the Packard Hall is in need of a few accessories.” He sends $1,000

Many letters of request for funds from individuals

7/25/88 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 7/26-28

7/21/88 DP to John Vasconcellos on his program on the Latino Child.  DP sends him Michael Novak’s book “The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism” which discusses “ideas that are relevant to your California Leadership program…I am still with you on your program even though I have not had the opportunity to visit with you personally for some time.”

7/20/88 DP to Barry Goldwater agreeing to help the Navajo Tribe to increase their economic base without continued subsidy; DP agrees to co-chair the Forum Goldwater plans [see also, letter same date to Peter MacDonald, Chairman, Navajo Tribal Council]

7/20/88 DP donates $250,000 to The Wilson Center, Smithsonian

7/20/88 DP donates $10,000 to the Louisiana Nature Conservancy

7/19/88 DP to Brent Scowscroft and James Woolsey sending them a draft of what he propose to say at the DoD hearing and suggesting that they coordinate their statements

7/12/88 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 7/13-15


7/12/88 DP to Vice President George Bush recommending Ann Boren for work on major environmental issues.  “…I feel that the environment is a bipartisan issue which has been coopted by the Democrats in recent years and that it is essential that the Republican party and particularly you, as the presidential candidate, take responsible positions…”  Also requests that Bush speak to The Nature Conservancy at its annual meeting in Vermont in September

7/12/88 DP to Paul W. Crapuchettes suggesting he be in touch with the engineering part of MBARI.  To Mike Lee he writes at the bottom of the letter being forwarded: “This is an old friend of mine who worked at Litton Labs…what he is doing would certainly have some potential with our work”

7/6/88 DP to Sec. of Defense Frank Carlucci enclosing a rough draft of what he proposes to say at the Defense Systems Management College, Leadership Conference on July 14th, and checking “on whether you think I am taking too hard a line on the Congress.”

7/5/88 DP to Dr. Eric O. Hartwig concerning his possible resignation from MBARI over conflict of interest; DP writes that he had not intended that MBARI would apply for support from Defense Dept. and hopes Hartwig will put resignation in abeyance until things can be worked out

7/5/88 DP to Professor Dennis Willows, Univ. of Wash., Friday Harbor Laboratories, writing that he cannot contribute to their Lab but would like to hear from them “in case we can consider something that might be helpful” [similar letter same date to Dr. Douglas D. Smith, Environmental Dynamics, Santa Barbara]

7/5/88 DP to area facilitator of business education in high school:  “When I first entered Stanford University some fifty-eight years ago I found a note from David Starr Jordan in my fraternity room which read ‘The person to whom you are most responsible is the person you will be some twenty or thirty years from now.’  I have often thought about that quote and I think it would be very useful for young people to know it and think about it in respect to their own lives.”

7/5/88 DP to President of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce:  “Our company would not want to become involved in the issues you have raised in your letter of June 8th.  We do not have any significant activities in the City of San Francisco.  I have also considered it to be a poor business climate…”

7/5/88 DP to Bill Moyers considering a TV interview

Box 20, Folder 15 1988 October, November, December

12/22/88 DP donates $1,000 to the Pacific Legal Foundation, Sacramento

12/22/88 DP donates $5,000 to Lincoln University, San Francisco

12/22/88 DP donates $5,000 to Accuracy in Media, Washington

12/21/88 DP to William Carbine Green, Bohemian Club, suggesting that the application of David Sloan Lewis, Jr. be withdrawn


12/21/88 DP to NR Motors, Prince George, noting the boat repair had not been done right and that DP “had to reinstall the waterline myself in water up to my waist [therefore] I do not really believe I should pay this bill” [see also 10/28/88 to same business; 2/28/89 DP finally pays the bill as “our caretaker might be partly at fault for this fiasco”]

12/20/88 DP to William French Smith, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, reducing his pledge to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library since it is not to be built on Stanford campus; pledge reduced from 2½ million to $1 million

12/20/88 DP donates $5,000 to The American Spectator, Virginia

12/20/88 DP to Tom Christiansen on his retirement

12/19/88 DP donates $20,000 to complete his pledge to the Arbuckle Chair at the Stanford School of Business

12/19/88 DP donates $198,500 to complete his pledge to the Packard Engineering Fellowship Fund, Santa Clara University

12/29/88 DP donates $50,000 on his pledge to the George Shultz Professorship, University of Chicago

12/29/88 DP donates $250,000 on his pledge to the San Francisco Symphony

12/19/88 DP donates $200,000 on his pledge to the San Jose’s Museum building program

12/19/88 DP donates $150,000 on his pledge to the University of Southern California School of Engineering

12/19/88 DP donates $25,000 on his pledge to the Philip H. Rhinelander Fund, Stanford Canterbury Foundation

12/19/88 DP donates $20,000 on his pledge to York School, Monterey

12/19/88 DP donates $25,000 on his pledge to the Ushiba Memorial Foundation, Tokyo, Japan

12/16/88 DP donates $200,000 to complete his pledge to The Nature Conservancy

12/16/88 DP donates $250,000 to complete his pledge to KQED [see 10/28 to John Minck: “I think KQED is doing a good job particularly their programs about nature”]

12/16/88 DP donates $250,000 on his pledge to Rev. Leon H. Sullivan, International Foundation for Education and Self-Help, Philadelphia

12/16/88 DP donates $250,000 on his pledge to the Palo Alto Medical Foundation

12/16/88 DP donates $220,000 on his pledge to the Richard Nixon Presidential Archives Foundation

12/15/88 DP to Audrey Young, Pueblo, donating $1,000 for her daughter’s education “for old times sake”

12/15/88 DP and WRH donate HP shares to employees of San Felipe

Ranches [probably holiday gifts]

12/14/88 DP donates $25,000 toward the endowment to establish the Edward Teller Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Science, Technology, and Public Policy at Stanford

12/14/88 DP donates $10,000 to the Hoover Library/Museum

12/14/88 DP donates $10,000 to complete his pledge to the George C. Marshall Foundation, Lexington VA


12/14/88 DP donates $50,000 on his pledge to the Concord Academy, Concord MA

12/14/88 DP donates $450,925 to complete his pledge to The Colorado College, Colorado Springs CO

12/14/88 DP donates $165,000 on his pledge to the Children’s Discovery Museum, San Jose

12/12/88 DP donates $4,427.50 to match funds collected for OICW

12/2/88 DP to Brian James Walton, Predatory Bird Research Group, UC, Santa Cruz, giving permission “to exercise your falcons on our Elkhorn Ranch property”

11/22/88 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 11/27-29

11/18/88 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 11/20-21

11/17/88 DP memo to Art Dauer with cc to Dean Morton: “There have been an increasing number of letters to me about our treatment of people throughout the company. I don’t think it is useful to ask you or any of your people to look into specific letters that come to my attention, but I do think it would be very useful to look these letters over and see if we could put together a program for the General Manager’s Meeting in January that would get the emphasis of the HP Way focused back on ground rules, instead of the bottom line.”

11/17/88 DP to Ann Miller, SF Landscape Garden Show: “I have decided to take most of the worthy programs in San Francisco off my list because, frankly, the people up there have not been very helpful with some of my favorite programs, such as Lu’s Children’s Hospital.  I am making a special exception, only because of you, so my check for $500 is enclosed.” [see also DP to Kirk Robb, Genentech, further explaining his decision to deny support to San Francisco charities; also 10/24/88 letter to Tom Clausen, Bank of America; DP writes that from now on he will limit personal and foundation support “for the areas south of Palo Alto where the need is just as large or larger and the resources much less”]

11/27/88 DP to David Kennedy, Recruiting Coordinator, Stanford:  “Frankly, I have never been very proud of my athletic experiences at Stanford and for this reason I decided not to provide a letter for this recruiting year as you have requested”

11/15/88 DP’s schedule for Paul Nitze’s visit, 11/15-17

11/14/88 DP to John B. Ford, Stanford, saying he has “a serious personal problem” with arranging meetings with the Haas family and others for “all that does is allow them to ask me for financial support for their favorite charities.”  DP asks that they find someone else associated with Children’s Hospital to make arrangements

11/10/88 DP to California State Coastal Conservancy endorsing The Nature Conservancy proposal to purchase Silversword Property – Elkhorn Slough

11/1/88 DP’s trip schedule to Washington 11/2-4


10/28/88 Margaret Paull notifying “Who’s Who in Technology” that DP has chosen to limit his participation to “Who’s Who in America” and “Who’s Who in Frontiers of Science and Technology”

[DP begins to respond to requests with the excuse that he will turn down all public appearances beginning 1/1/89]

10/28/88 DP questions the high cost of barging equipment, etc. to Tetachuck Lodge

10/28/88 DP to Barry Taylor, HP, Signal Analysis Division: “I am sure that the people now in the company from top to bottom do appreciate and understand the policies Bill and I have established…the whole business environment has been changing…It would not be appropriate for me to travel around the company and meet with people…this would not be fair to John Young and his team, who I think are doing an outstanding job”

10/19/88 DP’s trip schedule to NY 10/20-21

10/18/88 DP to Lodwrick M. Cook, ARCO, inviting him to join The Nature Conservancy Committee for CEOs, former and present; ARCO is the top corporate cash giver to the Conservancy “and you should be proud of the fact that you have saved unique habitat all over the country including our show-case preserve Santa Cruz Island”

10/17/88 DP donates $5,000 to the Coalition for SMUD Stability

10/15/88 DP’s trip schedule to Flagstaff and Washington 10/15-17 [DP receives Presidential Medal of Freedom at The White House with all his children and some grandchildren present]

10/13/88 DP to John V. Diepenbrock, lawyer, reminding him that “the State Board of Equalization has decided to levy a property tax on the Monterey Bay Aquarium…I have found a bias against private charity developing in the State Legislature…I have decided to begin to reduce our foundation support for worthy endeavors in the State…”

10/7/88 DP to John Young: “Congratulations on making the list of the top ten CEO’s in the U.S.”

10/7/88 DP to Barber B. Conable, Jr., President, World Bank, suggesting he meet with a man from Germany (Frieder Jung) concerned about the destruction of the Amazon’s rain forest

10/6/88 DP memo to Colburn Wilbur advising that the Foundation will commit $1 million for the Ford Center for Sports and Recreation, payment over five years

10/5/88 DP to Miguel A. Arrufat, Canada, about his termination as an HP employee; cc to Alan Bickell

10/5/88 DP matches $10,117 collected by OICW

Box 20, Folder 16  1989 January, February, March


3/30/89 DP to John Scully, Apple, with cc to John Young and WRH, informing him of his decision to not provide funding for the International Foundation for the Survival and Development of Humanity; “not going to result in an efficient use of funds. I do not believe the Soviet contribution of technology would add depth significant to what could be done from the United States, Japan, or the European community”

Letters to his children planning to have “the whole family together” at Tetachuck the last week in July

3/22/89 DP to “Bill, I am trying to arrange the first two weeks in July at Tetachuck when the fishing will be best for some of our friends.  It would be great if you and Rosie could join us either the first or second week of July” [Other friends invited are Jack and Elaine Parker (Carefree AZ), Harold and Rita Haynes (Chevron), Paul and wife Warren Miller (Bala-Cyndyd PA), George and Polly Keyworth (Indianapolis IN), Morris and Jean Doyle (San Francisco), Peter Greenough (New York)

3/16/89 DP donates $500 for the Berkeley College Republicans

3/14/89 DP to Michael H. Jordan, Frito-Lay, explaining why he no longer can support the Center for Excellence in Education since DP has made a major change in his charitable work.  “I decided last year to concentrate all of my charitable activity in developing the long range plans for our family foundation.  To do this we have undertaken a number of major projects.  One is a fellowship program for young university professors in science and engineering, which we began last year at a $2,000,000. per year commitment and which will build up over the next four years to $10,000,000. per year.  Another is a new foundation for ocean science called the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI).  I am supporting this at a $5,000,000. per year level and have provided substantial up front money for facilities and equipment.  Another is a $1,000,000. per year commitment to support ten of the black colleges over several years ahead.  These commitments added to those things we have been doing for many years in the local communities will require all of the cash flow I will have for the next few years.  For several reasons I do not want to sell any more HP stock at this time”

3/13/89 DP donates $1,000 to Senator Dave Durenberger for Americans for Generational Equity

3/7/89 DP to Robert J. Kohler, ESL Inc.: “Having served on three commissions that made recommendations on Executive and Judicial salaries that were not implemented over the past 20 years…I do not think congress is ready to fix this problem.  They had their best chance ever this year and they flunked out”

3/7/89 DP to Jim and Roe Boswell, Ketchum ID, thanking them for $1 million donation to the Children’s Hospital


3/6/89 DP to Robert J. Swain, Tulsa OK: “I was greatly saddened to hear that your father has left us.  I was a great admirer of him long before I had the pleasure of knowing him personally, and I considered him to be among the few of my very best friends”

3/3/89 DP to Dr. Helmut Schmidt, Germany: “I was most pleased to hear that you have accepted our invitation to give the dinner speech on the occasion of Hewlett-Packard Company’s 50th Anniversary, which is coupled with the listing of our stock on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange…no one better qualified to address the issues of international economy and competitiveness…I am sorry I cannot attend…”

3/1/89 DP’s trip schedule to Orange County 1/1-3

3/1/89 DP donates $500 for the reception for the 10th Anniversary of Votes for Choice; he will be glad to send out invitations

3/1/89 DP donates $10,000 to the Procurement Round Table

3/1/89 DP to Rep. Jerry Lewis introducing Barney Oliver who will call on him to discuss his NASA SETI project; same letter to Senator Jake Garn

2/28/89 DP to Joel S. Birnbaum: “Congratulations on your recent election to the National Academy of Engineering.  This distinction is highly deserved”

2/23/89 DP to John McColl, donating $5,000 for the special banquet for his father receiving the Award of Excellence

2/22/89 DP to Colburn S. Wilbur of family foundation, sending him a copy of “Supply and Demand for Science and Engineering PhDs: A National Crisis in the Making” which he labels “important report in terms of our Fellowship Program”

2/21/89 DP memo to Pat Maupin: “…pleased to learn the Midwest Sales Region is enjoying participating in the company’s 50th Anniversary celebration.  Thanks for sending the cassette of the song”

2/21/89 DP to Dennis J. White saying that the steelhead run on San Francisquito and Los Trancos Creeks “is probably a losing cause” but he will talk to Pres. Don Kennedy about it in case there is a scientist at Stanford who would be interested

2/17/89 DP to Melvin R. Laid, Chairman, The Citizens Network: “I hope you are enjoying the three ring circus starring John Tower”

2/17/89 DP to Edson W. Spencer, Minneapolis, suggesting he “cut down the agenda” of the new Commission on U.S.-Japan Relations; “I think the political policies listed are largely national security issues, and the Commission’s work in this area could be left to others…I do not see any sense in discussing aging population, affordable housing or health care costs.  These are primarily national problems…” He ends with “I have become very cynical about advisory commissions and I would not be interested in assisting with the funding”


2/17/89 DP to David MacEachron, President, Japan Society: “…I am not keeping in touch with very many people any more and I have no suggestions for you.”

2/16/89 DP sympathy note to Mary Frances Pearson on “Jed’s untimely death”

2/14/89 DP donates $78,022 to match funds collected by OICW; “this winds-up the match from me, as well as Bill Hewlett”

2/14/89 DP donates $1,000 to the Friends of General Singlaub

2/13/89 DP to Governor George Deukmejian suggesting Robert A. Grimm be appointed as a representative for Santa Clara County to the California Transportation Commission. “Mr. Grimm is a former Hewlett-Packard executive, who also served as Mayor and Council member of Los Altos.  He has served on the Board of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and the Santa Clara County Intergovernmental Council”

2/10/89 DP to Pam Dunn, President, Compatible Business Systems:  “It was a real pleasure to be with you for a week of fishing on Christmas Island.  I admired your fishing ability and enjoyed hearing about your work.  I hope your Wang Compatibles include more Hewlett-Packard products in the future”

1/27/89 DP to John Young: “The organization I mentioned on the phone today is the Global Fund for Women.  Anne Firth Murray is president and I thought Rosemary might be interested in hearing about the program.  It might be worth considering for HP support”

1/26/89 DP to Rep. Tom J. Campbell introducing Barney Oliver

1/26/89 DP to John M. Fluke, Jr. planning a tour of the Aquarium

1/24/89 DP submits his resignation from the Board of Directors of the Wolf Trap Foundation

1/20/89 DP to Jack S. Parker, Fairfield CT: “I share your concern about Stanford and I don’t see any possibility about anything being done about Don Kennedy at the present time. The problem now is to see that follow-up on the Hoover Institution is done satisfactorily, and if not we might have to take some drastic steps”

1/20/89 DP to Anne Keatley, President, Carnegie Institution of Washington, acknowledging her letter “about encouraging President Reagan to take an active role in supporting scientific research and education.  I think it is too early to approach him on a subject like this, but I think you have a good idea and perhaps we can follow up on it a little later, after he has had a chance to recover from eight years of hard work. I don’t know that I am the right person to raise the subject with him…”

1/19/89 DP donates $1,000 to the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame, Monterey


1/13/89 DP memo to Dave Kirby on “The Quality Review.”  He writes: “I am not enthusiastic about this, but it might be helpful to HP.  Have someone put together a draft. I have always felt quality is a very high priority item:

1. Electronic instruments should be more accurate than the equipment they measured. 2. Electronic instruments had a high leverage factor – if one failed a whole production line might have to be closed down.

Quality was always an important item on the agenda for virtually every management review over the past 50 years.  We learned something from the Japanese.  We have made progress in our drive to produce only products of highest quality, but we are confident we will continue to improve the quality of our products”

1/13/89 DP to Richard Katz, Colorado Springs; cc to John Young, Art Dauer, Tom Vos: “In response to your letter of January 8, taking credit for ideas that are not your own is just plain dishonest and it is not the HP Way.  Such bad ethical behavior is not acceptable at our company or anywhere else”

1/11/89 DP to Mary K. Naqao, Mountain View, thanking her for her contribution of $100 to the Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital “and I want you to know I appreciate it very much”

1/10/89 DP nominating Franklin Offner for the Charles Stark Draper Prize: “I became acquainted with Franklin Offner in the late 1930’s, when he made a very important contribution to medical electronics, with the development of a direct-writing oscillograph and a differential amplifier.  The Hewlett-Packard Company has been involved in the design and manufacture of electrocardiograph equipment and I can assure you that Mr. Offner’s contribution was the foundation on which all subsequent work has been done.  I, also, have known about his work during World War I.  He made many contributions to jet engine fuel control and to infra-red homing devices and he also proposed the first Sonabuoy.  Because these important contributions have not received as much public notice as they deserved it is very appropriate, in my opinion, to give this recognition to Dr. Franklin Offner at this time.”

1/5/89 DP donates $1,000 to The Library Fund, UC, Berkeley

1/4/89 DP to General John A. Wickham, Jr.: “I appreciate your thoughtfulness in sending me a copy of your commentary on Defense Reform.  I think John Tower will be able to make some progress on these issues with good support from

President Bush”

Box 20 Folder 17 April, May, June


6/29/89 DP to Dave Kirby on his retirement after 27 years: “…I want to extend a profound ‘thank you’ for the tremendous contribution you have made to all of us in HP.  Your sound judgement [sic], your steady hand and your complete devotion to the well being of Hewlett-Packard Company has been an indispensable factor in our success over the years.  You fully understood the importance of developing a public relations program that was strong and consistent over the years, yet with a low profile of visibility.  Your good work has enabled our company to maintain extraordinary credibility over many years with our employees, our customers and suppliers, and with the general public as well.  Your shoes will be hard to fill, but your influence will be felt at HP for many years after your retirement…”

Several letters to Deputy Sec. of Defense recommending candidates for positions

6/28/89 DP to Governor George Deukmejian urging him “to reconsider your position regarding the Williamson Act subvention program.  As you must be aware, the Williamson Act subventions have not been increased since 1976, and some counties have been adversely affected by the erosion in purchasing power of the subvention revenue.  I strongly support the proposed $4,000,000 increase in the 1989-90 Budget Act to help stabilize this program that has been so important to our state’s agricultural and ranching communities.”  He then went on with four specific benefits that the Williamson Act provides.

6/27/89 DP to trustees of the David and Lucile Packard: “Our foundation should never provide any support of any kind for Worldwatch [Institution]”

6/26/89 DP to Wells Fargo Bank officially terminating their management agreement with the Monterey Bay Aquarium and transferring the assets to the Security Pacific National Bank [same date, letter to Security Pacific National Bank]

6/26/89 DP agrees to be the first recipient of the Doolittle Award and will be at the luncheon in Washington DC, 9/13

6/26/89 DP sends $30,000 check for new boat for Tetachuck

6/26/89 DP to CA Assemblyman Ted Lempert thanking him for “support for the legislation to help the Monterey Bay become an important center for ocean science…You gave me more credit than I deserve in your speech about education.  A good education is the most valuable possession any person can ever have and we should all do everything we can to make the schools in California the best”

6/22/89 DP to Lee Atwater, Republican National Committee, nominating Senator Becky Morgan for selection as one of the Legislators of the Year to be honored by the National Republican Legislators Association.  “Throughout her public career she has developed creative, business oriented solutions to public problems…”

6/22/89 DP to Drew Lewis, CEO, Union Pacific Corporation, asking for $10,000 to help pay for a mailing for Californians for Political Reform’s support of the Independent Citizens Redistricting Initiative


6/14/89 DP to John Riggen, HP, Colorado Springs Division, commenting on the 50th Celebration at the Air Force Stadium on 6/10.  DP notes that he will pay for the dinner at the Garden of the Gods “for my cousin, Mrs. Margaret Aro, her son Ed, Bill and Rosemary Hewlett, and Bill and Jan Terry

6/14/89 DP to Barbara Wright at Finch, Montgomery & Wright, enclosing a copy of the Second Amendment of Declaration of Revocable Trust which he executed; same letter to Frank Roberts of Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro

6/14/89 DP donates $1,000 to The Nature Conservancy, California Chapter.  This was the honorarium awarded him as the recipient of a Conservation Award from Chevron which he was unable to accept in person

6/14/89 DP letters to some of the “Ambassadors” to HP’s 50th Anniversary Celebration: Marlene Chamorot from Evry Cedex, Carmela T. Dureault from Grenoble, and Ellen Japiot from Lyon

6/12/89 DP plans fishing trip at Tetachuck second week of July with Jack and Elaine Parker, Bob and Helen Glaser, Jay and Polly Keyworth, Sid and Jean Mitchell, and Sherm and Jean Chickering

6/9/89 DP to Nick Kotz thanking him for autographed copy of Wild   Blue Yonder which he will read while on vacation fishing

6/9/89 DP plans fishing trip to Tetachuck the first week of July with Bill and Rosemary Hewlett, Morrie and Jean Doyle, Ben Biaggini, John and Bonnie Swearingen, Ray Dahl, Jim Edmund, and Jim and Maria Hodgson

6/9/89 DP to Deputy Sec. of Defense Donald J. Atwood: “I judge you probably will not get as much support for defense management reform from the White House as I had hoped, but do not give up, you will get some help and also some ‘unhelp’ from the Congress”

6/8/89 DP’s trip schedule to Colorado Springs 6/9-12

6/8/89 DP to John Stauffer Charitable Trust thanking them for a grant of $100,000 to the Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital

6/8/89 DP to Kenneth W. Ehlers, Almo CA, thanking him for the HP 200-C Audio Oscillator.  “It will have a good home…” [see also 5/14/89]

6/8/89 DP to Arnold O. Beckman whose wife Mabel just died.  “I know there is nothing I can do that will help relieve the sorrow of losing a lifetime partner, but my thoughts are with you”

6/7/89 DP to Bob Podesta, Sacramento, loaning him $38,000 for financing his booklets; note due 11/1/89; interest rate 8%


6/5/89 DP to Japanese Consul General Yanai, San Francisco, agreeing with his position and assuring him that Carla Hills “understands this problem very well and will do what she can to keep the US-Japan talks on a quiet basis as you have suggested.”  He felt it was a mistake for the Congress to have passed the legislation requiring this action. (cc Carla Hills)

6/1/89 DP to Mrs. Jewell Scharfen, Mt. View, who wrote “about our early days together. I remember your husband very well, particularly that he was helpful to a couple of young fellows trying to get started in business”

6/1/89 DP to Colburn Wilbur: “Put this M.I.T./Hansen proposal on the foundation agenda.”  Suggests $50,000/year for five years

5/11/89 DP to Dr. Norman Vincent Peale: “While I admire the tireless energy you expend on your vocation, it is my policy not to give financial assistance to religious endeavors”

5/31/89 DP to Ruri Kawashima recommending Paul Schott Stevens for the U.S. Japan Leadership Program…

5/9/89 DP to “Dear Bill: I hope they take care of your recent health problem properly.  I will be away for a couple of days and probably won’t see you until next week.  I am enclosing material on the Macon which I thought you might find interesting.  We can arrange for the video display transmitted to our place at Rancho Grande…”

5/8/89 Margaret M. Paull to Rod Carlson saying that DP wants to renew the company’s support of the Business Committee of the National Center for State Courts

5/2/89 DP donates $1,000 to the Sadat Peace Foundation for help in financing the proposed Congressional delegation visit to Israel

5/1/89 DP to Edward L. Gaylord, president-publisher, The Oklahoma Publishing Co., declining the Libertas Award.  “My father was a great friend and admirer of your father”

4/24/89 DP to James R. Balanesi on his retirement after 36 years at HP beginning with the Redwood Building and concentrating on the color lab

4/21/89 DP’s trip schedule to Washington DC 4/23-25; accepting the 1989 National Academy of Sciences Public Welfare Medal

4/17/89 DP’s trip schedule to Sacramento 4/17-18

4/20/89 DP donates $280,625 completing his pledge to University of Southern California, School of Engineering

4/20/89 Margaret M. Paull to Director of White House Photographic Office, requesting photographs from the 10/17/88 presentation by Pres. Reagan of the Medal of Freedom to DP

4/17/89 DP donates $1,000 to Mrs. Maria de Penha Luz Teixeira, Brazil, “as a gift to you and your family. I hope this might enable you to refrain from selling all of your HP stock at this time.”  She had offered him her stock worth about $4,000 but DP cannot buy it “for certain legal reasons”


4/17/89 DP to Axel O. Adler: “I appreciate your thoughtful letter…I share your concern about allowing public access to this area.  We have provided loans to the Big Sur Land Trust to acquire property, which will be acquired by the Forest Service.  I would much prefer to have it held privately so the public can be kept out and I will reasses our policy…” [cc to Julie Packard and Nancy Burnett]

4/17/89 DP to Governor George Deukmejian, expressing appreciation for his “support of the legislation on the property tax issue last year.  We now have two bills in process to deal with the issues…Senate Bill 550 …[and] Assembly Bill 1727…These bills will improve the capability of both the Aquarium and MBARI in their work in research and education in the important and expanding field of Ocean Science…It is very poor public policy for the State of California to have property tax hurdles in place to discourage the charitable research and educational work…”  DP invites him to visit Monterey. [similar letter to Willie Brown, Speaker of the Assembly]

4/12/89 DP establishes trust agreements for his grandchildren

4/11/89 DP to Elayne Christiansen on the death of her husband.   “Tom represented the best in everything he did, he helped make this a better world for which we can all be thankful.”  He “was a very good personal friend as well as an outstanding employee of Hewlett-Packard, and a real professional in his field”

4/11/89 DP to Melvin R. Laird, Reader’s Digest Assoc.: “I enjoyed the opportunity to visit with you last week. Paul Stevens, who was a major contributor to our Commission, has been working on a game plan to get the Pentagon reorganized.  I think there is an opportunity, as never before, to really make a difference…”

4/11/89 DP to George A. Carver, Jr., President, C&S Associates, saying he read the DARPA proposal on protecting defense related technologies. “I think this whole issue has been over stated…I am not going to spend any more time on all these serious problems, except to make one last try at implementing our Commissions [sic] recommendations.  We will probably know within the next thirty days whether or not something can be done.”

4/4/89 DP donates $10,000 to Robert C. (Bud) McFarlane “to help with your financial problems”

4/3/89 DP’s trip schedule to Washington DC 4/4-6

Box 20, Folder 18  1989 July, August, September

9/13/89 DP to L. W. Lane, Jr., Menlo Park: “I am enclosing some material about BIOSYS. As you can see, Bill Hewlett and I provided some start-up funding for the program which was conceived by Barney Oliver.” He asks Lane to join in the endeavor [same letter to Melvin B. Lane]


9/12/89 DP to Ellis Pines, Creative Services, McLean VA, saying he would be willing to do an ad if he could veto the final copy

9/11/89 DP’s trip schedule to Washington DC 9/12-13

9/11/89 DP to Security Pacific National Bank saying he and Bill Hewlett have agreed to each take one-half Unit of additional financing for Geostar; terms specified [cc to Barney Oliver]

9/11/89 DP donates $150.00 to the Ocean Knoll School, Encinitas, for help in their field trip to the Aquarium

9/11/89 DP to William Calder McCall who had written to complain about the poor fishing and high price of the aircraft for visiting his old lodge at Tetachuck

8/23/89 DP to John B. Fery appointing him to the HP board committee on long-range strategic planning [the committee: T. Wilson, Bill Haynes, Paul Miller, Jay Keyworth, Walter Hewlett, David W. Packard, John Fery]

8/18/89 DP to Donald J. Garnett, Pueblo, thanking him for telling him about Margaret Paige’s death.  “Your aunt, Aunt Maud and Margaret Paige were two dear friends of my mother.  I visited with both of them many times over the years.”

8/16/89 DP to John Doyle recommending the VR Motor which DP used at MBARI and became convinced of its large potential market.  “I have discussed this briefly with John Young who thought you should be involved in deciding what HP should do.”

8/15/89 DP memo to Frank Carrubba suggesting he choose several students from the program DP has been involved with (founded by Admiral Rickover) called the Center for Excellence in Education to work at HP

8/7/89 Margaret M. Paull to Mrs. Margaret Arno, Colorado Springs: “One of the HP employees took this photo of you and that sweet old fellow that I have worked with for 29 years.” [see above; she is DP’s cousin]

8/2/89 DP memo to Bob Parrish on “The HP Way”: “I am sorry to learn that you did not respect my request to be helpful to Mr. Beane.  You should have been more thoughtful.  Your action was no credit to our company.” cc to Art Dauer with enclosure

8/2/89 DP to Dr. Douglas D. Smith “about the progress of the Aquarius habitat program…”  He says that his “personal bias is toward exploring the oceans with unmaned, remote operated vehicles, which is …the charter for MBARI” because they “can actually do much more than maned activities, although I admit they lack some of the glamour…”

8/1/89 DP to William Calder McCall outlining his plans for using Tetachuck including costs.  “The water has been high and the fishing has been quite good.  One of my grandsons caught a 27 inch, nearly 6 pound Rainbow in the rapids last week”

7/19/89 DP donates $1,000 to the Stanford Review


7/18/89 DP to Mrs. Pauline Anderson thanking her for her “extremely generous donations to the work of The Nature Conservancy in California. The Sacramento River project and the Dye Creek Ranch, both of which you visited, are two outstanding examples of the Conservancy’s ability to formulate and carry out unique solutions to threatened lands…”

7/18/89 DP donates $1000 to the Council on Foreign Relations for the Middle East Forum

7/18/89 DP to Senator Jeff Bingaman: “I am very concerned about the so-called ‘quiet crisis’ in the federal government: our increasingly inability to recruit and retain top-quality personnel, both civilian and military, in Federal jobs.”  He notes that salaries “have not kept up with the private sector, confusion about revolving door policies, inflexible hiring and promotion practices, and media attention on bureaucrat-bashing have contributed [to the problem]…”  DP is supporting the Senator’s “recent attempts in the Fiscal Year 1990 Defense Authorization Act…”

7/18/89 DP memo to John Young and Executive Committee on ”General Managers January Meeting” in which he thinks “we all should take John Minck’s remarks seriously”

7/7/89 DP’s trip schedule to Washington 7/13-14

7/7/89 DP and WRW invite Louis W. Cabot to the San Felipe Ranch for the annual deer hunt on 9/15-17; also Alexander Wilson

Box 20, Folder 19  October, November, December

12/29/89 DP to Robert F. Froehlke, IDS Mutual Fund Group, saying he will take the Univ. of Wisconsin off his list if they eliminate the ROTC there

12/29/89 DP donates $212,500 to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation

12/29/89 DP donates $250,000 to the San Francisco Symphony

12/29/89 DP donates $25,000 as the final payment on his pledge to the Philip H. Rhinelander Endowment Fund

12/29/89 DP donates $50,000 on his pledge to the University of Chicago for the George P. Shultz Professorship

12/29/89 DP donates $25,000 to complete his pledge to the Ushiba Memorial Foundation

12/29/89 DP donates $20,000 to complete his pledge to The York School

12/29/89 DP donates $150,000 as part of his pledge to the Palo Alto Medical Foundation

12/29/89 DP donates $220,032 to complete his pledge to the Richard Nixon Presidential Archives Foundation

12/29/89 DP donates $280,937.50 as final payment to the International Foundation for Education and Self-Help with the Rev. Leon H. Sullivan as president


12/29/89 DP donates $25,000 to complete his pledge to the Hoover Institution’s Edward Teller Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Science, Technology and Public Policy

12/29/89 DP donates $50,000 on his pledge to the Concord Academy

12/29/89 DP donates $165,000 to complete his pledge to the Children’s Discovery Museum

12/22/89 DP donates $2,000 for the Lincoln University Foundation

12/20/89 DP to Arun Kumar Ramteke, India, saying he is “pleased to report that Hewlett-Packard Company fortunately received very little damage from the October earthquake.”  He enclosed a photograph and added “under no circumstances do I send photographs of my family”

12/19/89 DP to Ben F. Biaggini: “As I think you know I am developing a key parcel of land on the Elkhorn Slough to enhance the wild-life population there, and restore the ecology and keep it protected for the future.  There is a heavy population of imported Red Foxes in the area and they have been very destructive of young duck families on the property.  Legislation to enable the Department of Fish and Game to control these varmants [sic] was prepared several years ago, but has not been initiated.  I am writing to encourage you to initiate the introduction of the necessary legislation early next year…”

12/19/89 DP gives shares of HP stock to a list of people who work on his properties

12/19/89 DP to Darlene A. Martin who is retiring after 16 years:  “I am also troubled about what is happening at Hewlett-Packard, but we may have reached a level of maturity that does not offer the opportunity for continuing growth, and the kind of spirit we enjoyed over the past fifty years…We will do what we can to get back on a better track, but I am not sure it is possible.”

12/19/89 DP memo to Rod Carlson asking him to look over the material on MBARI’s research project with Dr. Carl Djerassi “that could result in important new medical drugs”

12/19/89 DP to The President, the White House, recommending Jerry Jennings for a senior position in the administration

12/19/89 DP to Bob Greeley sending material about Affymax for him to consider for his venture capital fund

12/19/89 DP memo to Ken Poulton: “I did make the comment at the management meeting last January that I thought HP was becoming too bureaucratic, but I do not want to distribute any kind of a general statement.  Why don’t you and your associates provide me with examples of what is troubling you on this issue.  I might be able to help more on specific problems rather than general impressions”


12/15/89 DP to Professor Roger P. Webb complimenting Georgia Institute of Technology whose students “stand high” on his list.  In 1988 and 1989 HP hired 252 graduates of Georgia Technology, many had been students of Dr. David R. Hertling whom they speak very highly of as “they have benefited [sic] from an outstanding education at Georgia Technology”

12/15/89 DP memo to Sid Liebes on hearing aids for which there is no good solution although he would be delighted to have HP “play a wild card with one man year or so of top technical talent”

12/1/89 DP’s trip schedule to Orange County 12/3-5

12/1/89 DP to John B. Farley thanking him for the book “The Most Historic Mile in the United States.”  He wrote “I always enjoy reading history of Pueblo”

11/29/89 DP to Maynard L. Hill inviting him to come to Monterey to discuss “research in Ocean Science that could be done with cheap, airborne RPV’s”

11/29/89 DP writes a letter of recommendation to the Bohemian Club for Robert Arthur Swanson of Genentech

11/22/89 DP to Daniel E. Lungren (Dear Dan): “…I am not supporting any candidates from now on that are not willing to come out strong for ‘Pro Choice’ on the abortion issue.  I well understand if you are not willing to do so, but I will not support your campaign.  Please advise me where you stand on this important issue”

11/22/89 DP to Nick Aman, Beaverton OR: “I started a business of mowing lawns when I was very young.  I learned that if I did a better job than the other kids I got all of the business.  (I only made 25c per hour.)  Individual enterprise means that you are all on your own and to succeed you have to build a better product or do a better job.  Good luck…”

11/15/89 DP donates $1,000 to the Republican Party of Santa Clara County

11/13/89 DP to Bierce Riley: “It was interesting to me that so many people took time to write about Dr. Holmes Morton’s work with the Amish families of Pennsylvania, as was related in the September 20th issue of the Wall Street Journal.  Our Corporate Grants Department has sent Dr. Morton at the Clinic for Special Children a formal notification of our gift of the gas chromatograph equipment valued at $81,571.00.  We welcome this opportunity to be helpful to a deserving cause, and appreciated, as well, the public interest in both our philosophy and our products” [a similar letter went to anyone who wrote DP on this subject]

11/2/89 DP to Mary Di Marco about Geostar corporation common shares which DP is buying [see also 10/10/89 to Martin A. Rothblatt putting off until next spring the possibility of installation of the System 2.C from Geostar]; also 8/26/90 letter to Martin R. Snoey enclosing signed agreement between DP, lender, and Donald E. Brown of Geostar dated 3/26/90]


11/2/89 DP memo to Frank Carrubba suggesting that his people get in touch with the Univ. of Washington, Applied Physics Laboratory where “the bioengineering work would be of interest to our medical people” and other work on instrumentation; DP spent the preceding day there

10/27/89 DP’s scheduled trip to Seattle 10/21-11/1

10/23/89 DP agrees to serve another three-year term on the Board of Governors of the Henry M. Jackson Foundation [this is the only favorable reply to many requests around this time]

10/13/89 DP to Willard C. Butcher, The Chase Manhattan Bank, thanking him for the hospitality during the 1989 International Industrial Conference and the dinner at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor which was “a perfect occasion to catch up with old friends”

10/10/89 DP to Michael K. Hatam, Software Development Engineer, HP, who is committed to the San Jose program “Youth at Risk.”  DP writes that “our foundation has been supporting programs to help the young people in our community for over twenty-five years…I have come to the conclusion that more progress can be made with more help…during the first six or eight years of their [children’s] lives…”  He donates $25,000 to “Youth at Risk”

Box 20, Folder 20  1990 January, February, March

3/26/90 DP memo to Carol Parcels: “…In the future I do not want any photographs taken of me unless HP has all rights for use of the photographs.”  DP sent back those by Fred Pinkham

3/23/90 DP donates $1000 to Alan Nichols for his campaign

3/22/90 DP to David E. Hoobler, Jr., Friendswood TX, confirming that “neither Hewlett-Packard nor I support [gun] control…” [several similar letters responding to people who found DP listed in “Who’s Who of Gun Control”]

3/22/90 DP to Bruce Elliott, State of CA, Dept. of Fish and Game, “pleased to know you are continuing to work for red fox suppression at the Elkhorn Ranch.” DP grants “permission to include the Elkhorn Ranch in your proposal” [see 12/19/89 to Ben Biaggini on the same subject]

3/22/90 DP to UC Chancellor Julius R. Krevans endorsing Robert C. Taylor for the Chancellor’s Award for Public Service; DP knew Taylor “years ago when he was working on the magnetic Resonance Science Center”

3/21/90 DP donates $2,000 to the Blackwater-Ootsa Community Association, BC

3/20/90 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 3/21-23

3/15/90 DP to The President, The White House: “Your tempered comments on Chairman Rostenkowski’s deficit elimination proposal were right on target…Its balance of defense spending reductions, civilian savings and revenue increases is very close to the kind of package I hope the Congress will pass and you will sign.  The deficit is a serious impediment to rebuilding our manufacturing industries…”


2/28/90 DP memo to John Doyle on “Paul Vella ‘Open Door’: There are two issues here.  1. Was it appropriate to have competitive approaches?  2. How was the decision made, eg under what constraints?  I would like to have this issue presented to the committee by Dick Anderson and Bill Terry.  I do not think it would be necessary to have Vella or the other group involved.”

2/20/90 DP memo to Ed Karrer, with cc Frank Carrubba and Peter Will, thanking him “for the report on instruments for Biotechnology.  I am pleased to know we are moving ahead on a number of fronts in this area”

2/20/90 DP memo to John Kelly, cc Dean Morton: “I finally reached Mr. Billat of Insystems on the phone…” He wants to set up a meeting

2/15/90 DP memo to Bradford Kirley thanking him for the book “Hollywood’s Golden Year.”  He wrote “it is especially enjoyable since David Woodley has been rejuvenating the movies of yesterday years at the theatre here in Palo Alto”

2/13/90 DP to Dennis A. Powers, Hopkins Marine Station and Leroy Hood, California Institute of Technology, concerning new instrumentation for joint projects.  DP is encouraging HP along these lines, but Ed Karrer and Paul Greene “have not decided what the company should do” [see also 2/6/90 to Dennis A. Powers setting up meeting]

2/13/90 DP memo to Paul Vella, cc John Doyle, reporting that he has “appointed a special committee of the Board of Directors to provide our team with guidance on our overall strategy…”

2/12/90 DP to Assemblyman Pat Nolan saying he “did not get any help from the Governor or the Republicans in Sacramento for the legislation to help with the property tax problems for our Monterey Bay Aquarium or its associated research institute, MBARI. For this reason I am not planning to provide much, if any, financial support this year.”  Cc Bob Kirkwood

2/12/90 DP to Phillip A. Griffiths, Provost, Duke University, about Dick Barber leaving MBARI and returning to Duke to assume the Oceanography Chair

2/6/90 Bernie McKay to DP, a letter typed apparently from a hand-written note given to DP on an airline.  The author is the U.S. Procurement Policy Manager in the HP Government Affairs Office in Washington.  He outlines some discouraging information about the implementation of the Packard Commission recommendations

1/31/90 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 2/1-3 [these last few trips to Washington have been for meetings of the President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology (PCAST)]


1/31/90 DP to The President, The White House, urging him to receive at The White House The Advertising Council and their Industries Advisory Committee where DP is a member.  This group supports federal agencies and their public service needs through such campaigns as “Loose Lips Sink Ships” and more recently “Drinking and Driving Can Kill a Friendship”

1/29/90 DP memo to Frank Carrubba telling him of an article in the Nov. 1989 MIT Report on new microchip lasers.  HP should have someone visit the author Dr. Aram Mooradian

1/18/90 DP to Charles T. Staley, Rawlins WY, sending him an HP Scope to replace the one he lost in an automobile accident. It took some time to locate this obsolete scope and he sent it at no charge

1/18/90 DP donates $175 to the Eagle Scout Banquet in San Francisco

1/12/90 DP recommends Jack Shad for the Bohemian Club

1/3/90 to President Richard Nixon thanking him for the Della Robbia Christmas wreath

Box 20, Folder 21  1990 April, May, June

6/28/90 DP to Richard L. Barkley: “Thanks for your note about Prop 119.  I have decided to stop wasting my money on political causes and candidates so I will leave this job to you”

6/26/90 DP memo to John Young and Dean Morton: “Here is a set of rules used by the Lockheed’s ‘Skunk Works’.  Some of these should be applied to our own development programs.”  He attaches a list of 14 rules which begin with “1. The Skunk Works manager must be delegated practically complete control of his program in all aspects.  He should report to a division president or higher.  2. Strong but small project offices must be provided both by the military and industry.  3. The number of people having any connection with the project must be restricted in an almost vicious manner.  Use a small number of good people…”

6/22/90 DP to Governor George Deukmejian recommending Barbara Green for the vacancy on the State Parks Commission

6/22/90 DP to Robert C. Wright, CEO, National Broadcasting Company, saying he was pleased to have the good report on the Industries Advisory Committee meeting.  “I am reducing my involvement in National affairs particularly when it involves travel to the East Coast.  I will be pleased to continue on the Council…”

6/22/90 DP to Frank D. Boren thanking him for his letter “about the conservation buffer areas here in California…I already have a major project I am developing at Elkhorn Slough…involves a personal commitment of $100,000 per year and with no tax deduction…”


6/20/90 DP to Senator Quentin Kopp saying he is reducing his contributions to candidates but is making an exemption for Kopp; encloses check for $1,000

6/12/90 DP to Elmer b. Staats, Chairman, Procurement Round Table, saying that “the rapid change in the world wide military situation” suggests “we are now in the middle of a watershed change…What if anything, the PRT might do in the future should be considered after there has been a better definition of the nature of our future plans…there will be tremendous pressure to reduce our military budget and I think this will force the DOD to do some of the things the PRT has advocated…”

5/30/90 DP to Ralph Eheler who had taken enhanced early retirement which has not worked out well.  HP “has just completed the 1990 EER program at which time over 750 employees chose to retire.  The plan has some benefits and some disadvantages, as you have learned.  Since our industry is rather depressed at this time, the EER program helped to reduce personnel, rather than considering any possible lay offs.  This means, as well, new hirings are frozen at the present time”

5/30/90 DP to David A. Hamburg, President, Carnegie Corporation of New York, agreeing to be “a member of the ad hoc Task Force supporting the Carnegie Commission’s report on new thinking and American Defense Technology.  There are some of the details I do not agree with, but altogether it is a good report”

5/22/90 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 5/23-25 for Council of Environmental Quality and closed session at The White House

5/22/90 DP to Roy E. McAlister who invited him to the World Hydrogen Energy Conference in July.  “While I have had interest in hydrogen as a useful fuel I don’t really know much about the subject.  Furthermore, I plan to be fishing in British Columbia in July which, at my age, is much more important than any conference to solve the problems of the world”

5/18/90 DP to BC Ministry of Parks thanking him for “authorizing the use of a vehicle on the roads from the Tetachuck Lodge to Eutsuk and Little Lakes, within Tweedsmuir Provincial Park.  I accept the conditions you have outlined with this qualification.  I will have our caretaker record the number of boats he observes, but I cannot assure you how accurate his record will be…I will apply for a renewal next year if I think it is justified…”


5/7/90 DP to Senator Jeff Bingaman concerning the proposed Critical Technologies Institute.  He agrees it is desirable “to prepare a general list of National Critical Technologies” but that it is not possible “to establish a very useful list of objectives for America’s research…” 3-page letter on this with cc to Dr. D. Allan Bromley

5/2/90 DP to Dick Hackborn: “I understand John Young discussed with you the proposed High Performance Computing and Communications Panel [which]…will be under the Chairmanship of Sol Buchsbaum, Executive Director of Bell Laboratories, and Ralph Gomory, formerly Senior Vice President of IBM…Professor Wong from UC Berkeley will be the staff director.  He suggested you…I assume you will be advised through official channels of your appointment…I will be pleased to discuss [any questions] with you.  I am sorry I missed your presentation to our Board committee on long term strategies. I heard that you made a very good impression as I had expected.”

5/1/90 DP donates $1,000 to the Alcoholism Council of California

5/1/90 DP sends $2,000 to John H. Dressendorfer “for all the help you have given me in Washington”

4/24/90 DP to Charlotte Gooden replying to her request for info:  “Dr. Egon Loebner of our company was scientific advisor to the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.  He did some work while there about high energy radiation at the embassy.  This work was highly classified and I have no specific information about it, and if any publications exit they are probably not available.  Dr. Loebner died in December 1989.  He was also involved in an investigation of high energy radiation from radar on an Air Force base near Marysville.  I think he testified at a public meeting there but I do not have any record of this meeting.  I do not know of anything else that might help you and you will simply have to do what you can yourself”

4/23/90 DP donates $500 to Kathleen Shea who was selected to compete in the astronomy section of the Soviet Youth Science Olympics.  “Have a wonderful, successful trip, full of much enjoyment”

4/20/90 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 4/23-27 for PCAST

4/18/90 DP to Joseph Ehrlich, Principal, Ehrlich-Rominger, Los Altos: “Dear Joe: Thank you for bringing the letter dated April 2 and signed by Frank Pedraza to my attention.  Please ignore it.  This is a gross violation of the basic principles on which Bill Hewlett and I have built this company over the past fifty years.”  Cc: John Young, Jack Brigham, Doug Austin, Dennis Raney, Chris DeVos, Don Peterson, and Miller, Starr & Regalia


4/17/90 DP to Larry E. Tise, The Benjamin Franklin National Memorial, The Franklin Institute, enthusiastically endorsing Arnold Beckman for the Bower Award.  “I have known Arnold Beckman for nearly fifty years…His first major contribution was the PH meter which was a pioneer accomplishment in applying electronic technology to instrumentation for chemical analysis.  His first involvement in business was in the National Technical Laboratory and the Helipot Corporation, but he is best known as the founder and entrepreneur of Beckman Instruments Inc…[also note] his dynamic influence on science and education with Cal Tech, U.C. Irvine and the University of Illinois.  He was a dynamic leader in his community as president of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce.  He was a friends of and counsel to every governor of the state of California for over twenty years…”

4/17/90 DP donates $1,000 to Athletes for Kids, Washington

4/11/90 DP informs Charlotte Mailliard Swig of his decision to resign from the Host Committee

4/10/90 DP to Judge Lowell A. Reed, Jr. who is about to determine the appropriate sentence for GE in the GE/MATSCO case, pointing out “the key role GE has been playing since 1985 in trying to assure integrity throughout the defense industry.” 3-page letter on GE’s importance in “deterring illegal activity.”  This letter had been suggested by Zoe Baird, Counsellor to GE

4/3/90 DP to Stella Terry sending sympathy on the death of her husband John.  “Many fond memories remain of our early days at the company and you and John enthusiastically participating both at work and social functions.”

Box 20, Folder 22  1990 July, August, September

9/18/90 DP’s scheduled trip to Boston 9/19-21 for Board of Directors meeting; also Medical Products Group Review and meeting of the Strategic Planning Committee

9/13/90 DP memo to Mary Anne Easley: “I have no judgement [sic] about whether the proposed book on The Dynamics of Silicon Valley will be worth anything except that I doubt it will.  If John Young thinks it would be useful for HP to support this book you could put together a statement from my speech at Aviemore”

9/13/90 DP memo to HP top management with no subject indicated:  “There is absolutely no excuse for such a stupid thing to happen.”  Cc to WRH [The next letter in the file is to Richard Klein, Computerland of New York/New Jersey thanking him for his letter of September 6 “about the useless printed material you received from our company.  You can be sure this will receive my personal attention”; there are two dozen letters to which DP responded with cc to John Young: “Bill Hewlett and I thank you for your thoughtful desk message of September 7th (and thereabout) about the company. We appreciate your concern and interest.  Your thoughts will not go without attention”]


9/11/90 DP to Dean Brungart thanking him for the Wildhack Award which Bill Bruce picked up in DP’s place: “I am honored to receive this award from your organization, since you represent the measurement professionals in our customer companies around the world”

8/24/90 DP memo to Jack Brigham suggesting that the Board minutes of 7/19 should report that a Committee of Succession was established consisting of WRH, DP, John Young, T. A. Wilson, Harold J. Haynes, and Donald E. Peterson

7/16/90 DP to Erich Bloch, Director, National Science Foundation, agreeing that there is a problem but not one that “can be solved by giving preferential treatment to minority scientists and engineers.”  Instead DP suggests that “we would get a far better return by strengthening the science and engineering programs at these traditional black schools” and encouraging “more minority students to study math and the sciences at the high school and even grade school level”

undated paragraph on the “Rep’s Reunion” who provided “the real foundation on which our company has grown and prospered…”

7/16/90 DP to Peter McBean raving about his new hearing aid; also to Morrie Doyle and Jim North

12/17/90 DP to Assemblyman John Vasconcellos: “I think ‘Self Esteem’ is very important, but individuals have to have something to be esteemed about”

12/11/90 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 12/12-14

11/30/90 DP donates $2,000 to the Lincoln University Foundation

11/28/90 DP to HP Personnel Director, Pete Peterson, with correspondence from Greg Smestad who wrote DP for a job: “This is the kind of person we need to keep.  Find him a job and let some MBA go”

another bunch of letters expressing concern about something and DP answers appreciating “your expression of support and your thoughts will not go without attention.”  DP sends these to WRH and John Young; they are usually HP employees whom DP addressed by their first name

11/7/90 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 11/7-9

11/5/90 DP to Mary M. Anderson, Exec. Director, California Business Roundtable, San Francisco, saying he was pleased about the work the Roundtable has done.  “Unfortunately, we are having some problems at HP and I have several meeting scheduled here [at the same time as the next Roundtable]”

11/5/90 DP to Dick Hackborn suggesting he meet with Richard (Dick) Capen, Vice Chairman of Knight-Ridder who owns Dialog and plans to use HP printers for an on line service

another bunch of letters from HP employees expressing support

10/31/90 DP’s scheduled trip to Orange County 10/31-11/2


10/31/90 DP memo to John Young commenting on possible HP directors and saying T. Wilson would like to stay on the board so have Jack Brigham “advise us how to do this.”  Nine possible candidates are listed: Atwater (General Mills), Norm Augustine, Beal, Calloway (Pepsico), Clendenin, Everhart, Gomery, Jacobsen (3M), Vagelos (Merck).

10/30/90 DP memo to John Young on Tape 1992: “John, this tape cost over $100,000!  I do not think it is much more than a fairy tale and money down the drain”

10/22/90 DP memo to John Doyle, cc John Young: “I want to schedule some meetings with you and the various people who report to you to decide how to reduce some of the bureaucracy which has been built up over the last several years…begin with a review of all of the activities that report to you…budgets, the numbers of people..and a list of consultants…From these discussions, I will make some decisions…I intent to oversee the implementation for [John Yong]”

10/22/90 DP donates $1,000 to Supervisor Susanne Wilson, San Jose: “The new federal tax proposals are going to be a real problem for me.  I have been giving most of my after tax income to the work of our charitable foundation.  I have no basic reason to object to asking people like me with high income to pay more taxes.  It will mean that our foundation will have to reduce its support of many worthy causes in California by at lest $2,000,000 next year and I personally will also have to reduce my financial support for political candidates and political causes”

10/16/90 DP’s scheduled trip to New York 10/17-19

10/16/90 DP to Richard T. Thieriot, Editor and Publisher, San Francisco Chronicle, urging the Chronicle to endorse Alan Nichols for the 5th Congressional District

Box 20, Folder 24  1991 January, February, March

3/22/91 DP to Robert E. Greeley: “…I have made it as clear as I can that the investigation of the matters you are involved in be as fair and as objective as possible.  It would not be appropriate for me to become involved until the reports from Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher are complete and the reports from your Attorney are complete.  You may assume that no action will be taken by the Hewlett Packard Company until and unless I am convinced that the proposed action is fair, unbiased, and equitable.” [this is followed by a memo to Jack Brigham: “…Make sure that everyone in the company knows that no decision is to be made until it has my approval”] see below 4/17/99

3/22/91 DP to Mrs. Paul Bradley on Paul’s death: “He will be remembered for the excellent graphics services he provided our various departments over some thirty years.  But more than that he will be remembered for his thorough professionalism, his solid integrity, and his gentle manner”

3/18/91 DP donates $500 to the American Friends Service Committee


3/18/91 DP donates $500 to the SF Bay Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America

3/5/91 DP memo to Dean Morton: “In view of the water problem I think we should make drastic reductions in our water usage in the Bay Area facilities.  All lawn should be eliminated, and only plants that require little or no water should be used for landscaping.  I can help with some recommendations, including native grasses that need no irrigation”

3/5/91 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 3/6-9

2/27/91 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 2/28-29

2/20/91 DP to Gary Falk (who wrote in a similar vein as several others): “All business of the Hewlett-Packard Company with Iraq was in strict accordance with U.S. Government policy.  Our company has no way of knowing enough about situations like this to be able to make a rational decision, and we must and do rely on our government’s policy.  I can assure you that any possible profit our company had from transactions in Iraq are of no importance to us whatever.  I understand and share your feeling about this situation” [see also 1/24/91 memo DP sent to Vicki Tindel, Santa Clara Div.]

2/4/91 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 2/5-8

1/31/91 DP memo to Jack Brigham asking his approval of a letter regarding proxies which DP is sending out

1/8/91 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 1/9-11

1/7/91 DP memo to Marv Patterson, cc John Doyle, concerning Software Development: “I would like first some indication from General Mangers about how much of your program they really want and how they intend to use it.  I think it would be desirable to provide an outline of what you are proposing and get their generation reaction.  I would not have time or need to get into any detail, either slide presentation or white papers.  I do not think this is a matter of great urgency because there will be substantial cost and not much payoff in 1991…”

1/7/91 DP to General Andrew J. Goodpasture inviting him and his wife to visit DP at Big Sur.  “…the Mid-East problem will still be a big issue whether we go to war or accept compromise”

1/7/91 DP memo to Pete Peterson: “Here is a paper by Thomas Sowell that should be required reading for any course HP has on ‘Managing Diversity.’”

1/4/91 DP to US Rep. Les Aspin: “…You and the Armed Services Committee can take satisfaction in the fact that we have reasonably adequate military capability to deal with the Iraq situation.  That is the only reason a peaceful settlement is possible”


1/2/91 DP to Alexci Haeff who was requesting financial help which DP would not provide although “Your brother Andrew was a very good friend for many years beginning in the early 1940’s.  I knew he had some mental problems in recent years and was sorry to hear that he died last month”

Box 20, Folder 25  1991 April, May June

6/18/91 Margaret Paull to ASM International sending info on DP as he is to receive the ASM Engineering Materials Achievement Award on Oct. 22 in Cincinnati.  WRH will also attend; Richard Hackborn cannot attend and has asked Bill Terry to accept for him

6/18/91 DP memo to John Young and Dean Morton on EPA’s Industrial Toxics Project: “While I think we should plan to cooperate with the EPA program which you outlined in your 6/13/91 message, there is another development that could change the situation.  Fortunately a great many environmentalists, including some who have been with the EPA, now believe the health risks of these toxic substances have been overstated.  I am sure myself this is the case, and it now appears that something better might be done.  Let’s watch this closely for it is highly probable that the 2.34 million pounds HP produces has much less effect on health or the environment than the EPA has been estimating.”  Cc to Hal Edmondson and Carol Pinard

6/17/91 DP donates $1,000 to the National Audubon Society

6/13/91 Margaret Paull to Pueblo Community College sending the approved biography for DP which will be placed below his portrait

6/12/91 DP to Roland Schmitt, President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, commenting on the issue of university overhead which DP thinks Rensselaer has handled well.  “As you know, I have been involved in this issue actively since about 1985 when we began the work of the committee with Dr. Bromley.  Actually I was involved when Fred Terman returned to Stanford in 1945, and his program started here with support by the ONR…The sub-committee on Science has prepared legislation close to my recommendations…”

6/12/91 DP donates $2,000 for the Council on Foreign Relations

6/10/91 DP donates $25,000 for The President’s Dinner requesting that this “contribution be used for direct candidate support, limited strictly to candidates that are pro-choice”

6/10/91 DP to David Abshire, Center for Strategic and International Studies, reporting that HP “would not be interested in becoming involved in the U.S.-Korea Task Force.” [see 5/20/91 for letter sent to Dean Morton to see if HP should be involved “because of our substantial involvement in Korea”]

6/10/91 DP to David DeLazzer, HP Fort Collins, reporting that he would not recommend that HP, or anyone else, support the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund


1991 invitations for DP and WRH’s annual deer hunt at San Felipe Ranch to: Ben Biaggini, Louis W. Cabot, William S. Brewster, Robert M. Brown, James S. Hewlett, Tom Killefer, Edmund W. Littlefield, Norman Livermore, Arjay Miller, Kendric B. Morrish, Franklin M. Orr, David Woodley Packard, Jack S. Parker, Robert Stephens, Walter B. Hewlett, Howard Chickering, Henry and Martha Colleto, Kennedith L. Ladd, Jr., Alexander Wilson, Simon Rich, Alexander Wilson, Sherm Chickering, Morris H. Doyle, Bruce G. Elliott, Jean-Paul Gimon, H.J. Haynes, Richard M. Helms

5/24/91 DP sends request for funds for the Hoover Presidential Library to William E. Simon, William B. Coberly, Jr., Richard M. Scaife

5/23/91 DP memo to Glen Shirey: “I am pleased to read that your division is taking the employee survey process seriously and is forming focus groups to examine problem areas.  Surveys are of little value unless we dig deeper for answers and solutions.

“You specifically mention concern about the ‘open door’ within HP.  Let me assure you, this is a practice we’ve valued in the past and will continue to value in the future.  Employees need to feel free to discuss openly what is going well and what is not going well.  It’s been my experience that this process works best if questions or concerns are addressed at the lowest levels first.  It’s at this level where appropriate actions can be taken most effectively.  We’re all part of the same team and managers and employees need to keep talking to each other.

“I’m going to forward your message to Pete Peterson, Director of Personnel and ask him to call you.  Thanks for your help in improving the ‘HP Way’”

5/21/91 DP memo to Gil Alvarez: “In response to your note, we are considering the possibility of pre-employment drug testing.  We will have recommendations for consideration by the Board of Directors at the July meeting.  This is a difficult issue and your opinion is helpful”

5/21/91 DP to Professor Robert Tannenbaum, Emeritus: “…I worked for a lone, hard rock miner on the road to Cripple Creek one summer vacation, while I was attending Stanford in 1932.  Other than that short experience I had no involvement in Cripple Creek activities”

5/20/91 DP one-page memo to Bernadette Jacobson who apparently wrote about the deficiencies of the HP health plan in relation to mental health; short explanation of mental health benefits at HP

5/20/91 DP to Governor Pete Wilson opposing cutting funds from the subvention as the Williamson Act has been important to the state’s agricultural and ranching communities


5/20/91 DP to John C. Warnecke, FAIA: “…I am trying to reduce my involvement in as many issues as possible, but I would be pleased to visit with you about architecture at Stanford”

5/16/91 DP to Jiahua Zou on his promotion to Vice Premier of the State Council for the Peoples Republic of China.  DP hopes “that President Bush will once again grant…the most favored nation trade status…Regretfully, there are serious pressures…opposing extension…supported by an antagonistic press media here in the U.S…I will do my best to maintain the friendly, productive relationship we established together…”

5/10/91 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 5/12-14 to meet with Congressman Frank Horton and George Brown and to attend the 75th anniversary dinner of the Computer & Business Equipment Mfgs. Assn.

Several letters asking about population control as an item of importance to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.  DP responds that the Council “already has population control high on the agenda to prepare a position paper for President Bush”

5/6/91 DP to Ms. Lydell Boyer saying that her father Dick Ponting “was a very good friend and very helpful in the early years of our company.”  He explains that HP only takes “a position on ballot measures or elections that have a direct impact on our business or the communities where we have a presence…”

4/30/91 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 5/1-3 to attend the Council on Environmental Quality among other things

about a dozen letters from DP to HP personnel world-wide thanking them for giving him information “about the experiences and benefits of university research, product development and education”

4/29/91 DP to Paul E. Lego, Westinghouses Electric Corporation, expressing regrets about missing his board’s dinner: “I had some minor surgery a few days before, which turned out to be a bit more than I expected, and I was just not back in shape in time.  I have known a good deal about Westinghouse ever since I went to work for G.E. in 1935, and I am very pleased to know things are still going well”

4/23/91 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington for subcommittee meeting on Science House of Representatives

4/19/91 DP to Mrs.[Barbara] Bush thanking her “for joining us for the inaugural events” for the Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital

4/17/91 DP to Robert Greeley saying “my decision is that we are unable to continue any association with you either as an employee of HP or as a principal in an outside venture…”


4/12/91 DP memo to Dean Morton asking for information “to give Mr. Curtis.  Mrs. Cordelia May is a personal friend of Mel Laird’s. She is a member of the Mellon family, and will be my guest at the Children’s Hospital dinner Saturday night”

4/10/91 DP to Paul R. Vogt: “You are quite right in your concern about the political misdirection of our universities and colleges.  I have been concerned about this trend at Stanford for the past twenty years or more…alumnus should not make an unrestricted gift to Stanford…any specific gifts should be carefully directed…”

4/4/91 DP memo to Mark Tolliver, Workstation Group, Sunnyvale; Denny Georg, Snakes Workstations Project Leader, Fort Collins; and Fred Schwettman, Semiconductor Systems, Santa Clara on “Snakes Workstation.”  DP knows that Apollo contributed to this effort, but “it is clear that most of the snakes design was in place before the HP-Apollo merger…”

4/4/91 DP to Ms. Barb Vandeventer, Villa Grove IL: “If I distributed my yearly income to the 25 million or so people like you, who have overspent, it would amount to about $1 per year.  I am, therefore, enclosing your share” [at end of letter: “Enclosure $1″]

4/1/91 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 4/3/5

Box 20, Folder 26  1991 July, August, September

9/30/91 DP to Dr. Tom Welch, PCAST, Washington DC, concerning “Draft Issue Paper from Tom Lovejoy.”  DP adds these two sentences to the report: “Population control is a very important determinant in developing the future of our national security and for a new world order” and “Rational means of family planning include education, the development and use of contraceptives, and raising the status of women”

9/30/91 DP to Richard Helms: “…I went out on the last Wednesday of the deer season and got two of the biggest bucks I have seen at the San Felipe for a long time…”

9/27/91 DP to Admiral E.R. Zumwalt, Jr. who wrote requesting funds for the National Marrow Donor Program.  DP writes: “…Just last night we had a retirement ceremony honoring Dr. Larry Schulman who had a major role in working with Lucile to develop the Lucile Salter Packard Childrens Hospital at Stanford.  Dr. Schulman was a pioneer in bone marrow transplant and our hospital is one of the few in the country with extensive experience in this important medical technology…”

9/10/01 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington DC 9/11-13

8/28/91 DP to Dave Kirby: “I have read this transcript and there are a number of differences in our recollections about our years at Stanford.  I think it would be desirable for Bill and me to go over our recollections together for we both probably do not remember things quite the way they were.  I will have a transcript of my tapes for you in a day or so”


8/28/91 DP to Stanford President Donald Kennedy concerning the problem of retiring the HMP bonds.  He wants the matter resolved as it is “a serious breech of the spirit if not the letter of our agreement.  If it cannot be resolved promptly and finally it will cast a shadow on all of my commitments to Stanford including those for the Hopkins Marine Station”

8/26/91 DP to Mrs. Margaret M. Brock: “…Despite differences on some details among the Republicans in California, I am particularly impressed with the national prestige of our Party.  The Democrats are finally ending up where they belong.  We are witnessing a tremendous worldwide event, comparable to the fall of the Roman Empire.  We can be proud of our party for providing the leadership which has shaped the future course of the world”

8/26/91 DP donates $5,000 to the Citizens Committee to Confirm Clarence Thomas

8/22/91 DP to Representative Frank Horton with whom he recently met concerning how civilian agency contracting could benefit from implementation of some of the Packard Commission recommendations.  DP also was pleased that Reps. Horton and Conyers introduced a bill which will implement meaningful reforms in federal procurement.  He points out the importance of a single federal procurement system which could be achieved by raising the civilian threshold to the current DoD threshold and of rectifying the powers of the General Services Board of Contract appeals

8/21/91 DP to Howard Wolpe, Chairman, Subcommittee on Investigations & Oversight, with corrected copy of the transcript of the hearing on August 1 and with comments on the testimony that followed: “The auditor of NASA reported that his inspectors found a number of contractors people loafing on the job…From my experience I believe very strongly that every one wants to do a good job, whether they work for NASA, DOD, or private contractors.  If they do not have adequate support, or are required to do a lot of things that do not make any sense, it would not be surprising that they appear to be loafing on the job”

8/29/91 DP to Donald F. Koijane, President, Foothill Electronics Museum, suggesting that they reject the railroad station in Los Altos as a home for the Perham Foundation museum but instead put their artifacts in storage and apply all effort “to acquiring a permanent location”

8/20/91 DP to Larry Boehm agreeing to be given the Outstanding Citizen Award by the Palo Alto Jaycees

8/16/91 DP’s scheduled trip to San Diego 8/18-20


7/30/91 DP form letter to the members of the Special Advisory Panel to Stanford on Standards of Accountability – Federal Research Costs: “I do not think you understand the problem.  Stanford has been accepting depreciation allowances in their research contracts when in fact they have no depreciation costs. They have put these depreciation allowances into the general fund accounts and spent them for current operation purposes. This situation should be corrected by a requirement that all depreciation allowances on Federal Contracts be put in a capital account fund and used only to upgrade or replace the research facilities and equipment for which the depreciation allowances were made…I do not think this is an accounting problem but rather a serious lapse in integrity by the leaders of Stanford”

7/31/91 DP to the Institute for International Economics saying he has decided to provide no financial support for the study of the US-Canada-Mexico trade issues.  He did enclose a check for $5,000 to cover the cost of the visit by John Whalley

7/30/91 DP to Stanford Professor William C. Reynolds thanking him for the 1938-39 “Bawlcut” and his thoughts on the old “Annex.”  DP writes: “I was not involved in the Annex in 1938 and 1939.  During that year I took two courses in the Business School, Management Accounts and Business Law.  I did the work for my thesis at Charlie Litton’s lab in Redwood City.  I would go there after dinner and work until one or two AM which was Charlie Litton’s regular schedule.  All this is to say that I was not involved in the Terman Laboratory Annex and have no particular interest in its restoration”

7/30/91 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington DC 7/31-8/6 to testify on NASA, to meet with Senator Terry Sanford, to join the Panel on Science, Technology & National Security, and to meet with Secretary Dick Cheney and Allan Bromley

7/24/91 DP endorses the nomination of Akio Morita for the IEEE Founders Medal.  DP has known Morita for more than twenty-five years as co-founder and CEO of the Sony Corporation and in 1983 and 1984 they worked closely on the U.S.-Japan Advisory Committee.  “In my view, Mr. Morita’s leadership of Sony has been most outstanding.  This achievement alone should qualify him for the Founders Medal.  His unique abilities have extended far beyond his business leadership.  His creativity as an engineer and designer have generated scores of Sony products that are recognized throughout the world for their quality and usefulness.  While Sony is a Japanese Company, it has been a major contributor to progress in electronics engineering in the United States and Europe…”


7/19/91 DP to Stanford President Donald Kennedy thanking him for his note of July 17 “about the actions proposed related to federally sponsored research.  It seems to me that you and your people do not really understand the problem.  I am enclosing a statement that outlines my opinion of the real issue.  I have discussed this with Chuck Bowsher of the GAO and also Allan Bromley, Chairman of PCAST at the White House.  I anticipate that something very close to my analysis will be supported by both the Congress and the Administration.  I think you should give the people working on the issue for Stanford a copy of my statement.  With best wishes”

7/17/91 DP to A.M. Zarem endorsing his nomination of Dr. Malcolm R. Currie to receive the IEEE Founders Medal.  “I have known Mel for several decades…He has been an outstanding proponent and contributor to an enormous group of activities that have brought expanded acceptance and dignity to our profession”

7/2/91 DP to an employee, Greig Nakamoto,, who wrote about age discrimination; DP asks Bill Terry to look into this and let him know

7/1/91 DP accepts honorary membership in the Pueblo Country Club

7/1/91 DP resigns from the Pacific Sector Council Advisory Committee: “The time has come for me to withdraw from any further involvement with PSC”

7/1/91 DP to C. Fred Bergsten, Director, Institute for International Economics: “I have done some further work on the paper you asked me to fund.  Bill Reilly, head of US EPA, assured me that environmental issues are not going to be coupled with the trade negotiations between US, Canada and Mexico.  Environmental issues will be taken up in separate negotiations.  I am having dinner with Bill Reilly [soon]…I have not talked to Carla Hills about this…I note that you stated that one of her deputies recommended the study.  I want to know what our trade policy is going to be from the horses mouth, not the other end where the deputy sometimes is found…I will be in Canada fishing from June 30 until July 14…”

Box 20, Folder 27  1991 October, November, December

12/19/91 DP donates $7,000 “to help with the expenses incurred when President Reagan participated in the Speaker Series.”  This was sent to Darwin Patnode and Tom Clements at Foothill-DeAnza Colleges Foundation

12/16/91 Margaret Paull to Mrs. Mackson Hemphill in the English Department, Xiangan Techer’s College, Xiangtan, Hunan Province, China.  DP donates $300 to her project [see also 3/13/92 DP sends cashier check]

12/10/91 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 12/11-13


12/9/91 DP to Jane Z. Dumsha, Cheltenham PA: “Thank you for your letter of November 26th about the advertisement of our inkjet printers.  I can assure you we do not knowingly support sexist bias of any kind.  Your letter will be useful in helping us emphasize to all of our people the importance of avoiding a situation like this in the future.”  DP sends a note 12/9/91 to Dean Morton saying “this should be considered by Dick Hackborn and our advertising people”

12/9/91 DP to Stanford Professor Jerry I. Porras on the evolution of the HP objectives which have experienced “relatively few changes”

12/2 and 4/91 DP memos to John Young asking his opinion about things such as Jim Miller’s proposal, Jim Billington’s reports, and opportunities in Romania (cc to Franco Mariotti)

11/26/91 DP to Ray Wilbur, Jr. expressing regrets that he couldn’t attend “the service for Martha” as he had agreed to meet with a group of Stanford students at that time

11/26/91 DP to Beth Jarman and George Land of Leadership 2000: “…Frankly I have not found anything in your book that relates to my personal career or that would help anyone else do what I have done in building the Hewlett Packard Company”

11/25/91 DP to John Young with several articles by Jim Billington: “He thinks it would be much more effective to bring some people from Russia to spend time here.  What we did with the Chinese would be the pattern.  I told him I thought this was a good idea.  I think you should have someone meet with him to explore it”

11/22/91 DP to Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Stanford University: “Dear Condoleezaa, I am enclosing some material about a directorship at Hewlett-Packard together with financial reports on our 1991 year…You might like to join me for lunch here on Monday December 2nd or Tuesday, December 3rd.  I will have some of our top management people join us and we could visit one of our operations within the area”

11/18/91 DP memo to Bob Wayman and George Neuman asking for their comments and suggestions on the guideline for the repurchase of HP Stock.  “I would like to have this adopted by the board on recommendation of the Investments Committee.  This does not have to be done at the meeting this week if anyone wants to take more time to consider it”

11/18/91 DP to Dr. James H. Billington, The Librarian of Congress, thanking him for the reports on his experience during the critical days at the “White House” in Moscow.  “Hewlett Packard could act as a host for a dozen or so people from Russia to learn about how our company works and include appropriate exposure to other activities in the area.  If you are interested I can have someone from HP meet with you to work out a specific plan”


11/15/91 DP to Art Darbie, Loveland CO: “I want to extend a profound ‘thank you’ for all the tremendous contributions you have made to all of us in Hewlett Packard over your 36 years with our company.  It is very clear to me that those of us who worked together when the company was small, Noel Eldred and Ed Porter to name just two, made a strong contribution to our company’s philosophy, and in that way deserve special recognition for the success we have had” [Similar letters to all HP employees who are retiring after more than twenty-five years; this one seems more personal than the others]

11/14/91 DP to Zheng Wanzhen, Consul General of the People’s Republic of China, thanking him for the dinner “you honored us with last Friday night…”

11/13/91 DP to Ruth A. Wooden, President, The Advertising Council, expressing pleasure at her plans to support early childhood programs which is a high priority in “our family foundation…we have established a ‘Center for the Future of Children’ which we are funding at a $5 million per year level”

11/11/91 DP to Senator Becky Morgan agreeing to a reception at his home on November 26th: “I should warn you that by today’s standards my home is not very elegant”

11/8/91 DP to John A. Moore, President IEHR: “Elizabeth Dole would be interested in having IEHR look at their program.  I told her I thought this would be very helpful because it is likely that some of the criteria they plan to use are overly soft…”

11/8/91 DP to John B. Connally: “I will have our people give consideration to ANR Freight Systems, Inc. as you have suggested.  I was so pleased to hear from you and I hope things continue to go well.”  In a memo to Dean Morton on the same day: “John Connally was Governor of Texas.  He was in the car with Jack Kennedy when he was shot.  He has had a difficult time in the last few years and I would like to help him to the extent it makes sense of [sic] HP.”

11/8/91 DP to Governor Pete Wilson supporting the appointment of Katherine Strehl, manager of Public Affairs at Lockheed, to the California Transportation Commission

11/8/91 DP to Barbara P. Wright of Finch, Montgomery & Wright: “I am planning to write an autobiography and the files you have might be useful.  I will have Earl pick them up at your convenience”

11/8/91 DP memo to Dean Morton suggesting that the HP foundation review a request from the James Clerk Maxwell Foundation.  “I think it might be appropriate for HP to do this.  Maxwell’s work was certainly important to us and our presence in Edinburgh, Scotland had also been important”

11/6/91 DP to Paul H. Nitze saying he will not provide financial support for the global climate change issue.  “Our research program at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) is directly involved in this important matter…”


11/5/91 DP to Elizabeth Dole about safety of the Red Cross Blood Banks.  DP recommends her talking to Jack Moore of IEHR.  “I think it is great that you have taken on this important assignment for our country.  I will do whatever I can to help you”

10/31/91 DP to President Richard M. Nixon: “I am sorry I will not be able to join you when you are at your library on November 4. I am undergoing some medical treatments that will prevent any travel that week.  They are not anything critical but may have to be continued over the next several months.  I would be most honored to be a member of your board, but I will have to delay that decision for now”

10/28/91 DP to Senator Alfred E. Alquist allowing his name to be used as Honorary Chairman of his State Senate Campaign

10/21/91 DP’s scheduled trip 10/21/24 to Cincinnati and New York; Genentech board meeting

10/11/91 DP’s three-page letter to the editor of the Wall Street Journal comparing the governors of Massachusetts and California, making Pete Wilson look good

10/4/91 DP expresses his support for Tom Campbell by letter to many prominent California people in business

10/4/91 DP sends personal letters of thanks to those involved in the recent luncheon for President Salinas



Series 6 Box 21 Chronology File 1992-1995

Box 21, Folder 1  1992 January, February, March

3/30/92 DP to Arndt Bergh, Los Altos Hills, concerning Cameron Bilger’s project in Moscow.  “We are working on a program to hire a number of Russian scientists and bring them to the United States…this project [Bilger’s] may fit in to our overall plans to develop a closer relationship with some Russian scientists”

3/23/92 DP agrees to be a Vice Chair of the 17th Bay Area Annual Awards Dinner for the Mexican Legal Defense and Education Fund on April 28th and sends a check for $2,000; request by James D. Shiffer of PG&E

3/10/92 DP accepts Arnold O. Beckman’s invitation to join the Board of the Beckman Laser Institute & Medical Clinic in Irvine, CA

3/19/92 DP to John Raisian: “I understand you have cleared the Membership Committee of the Bohemian Club.  The $10,000 entrance fee is substantial and I would like to help with a personal gift to you of $1,000″


3/12/92 DP supports Masaru Ibuka for the 1992 Founders Award of the National Academy of Engineering. “I have known Mr. Ibuka for nearly twenty years.  Our Company established a joint venture in Japan with the Yokogawa Electric Works in 1962.  In the intervening years I have been to Japan quite often.  I became acquainted with Mr. Ibuka and Mr. Akio Morita in the 1960’s and I observed at first hand the important work they both did in building the Sony Corporation from a small beginning to a company of world leadership…”

3/12/92 DP writes to Harold A. Poling, Chairman of the Board, Ford Motor Company: “…I was never a 4-H Club member.  I have, however, sponsored many 4-H Clubs in our Ranch in California and I think these clubs provide great educational opportunities for many young men and young women”

3/11/92 DP to General Winfield W. Scott, Jr. who wrote requesting funds for the US Air Force Academy.  DP writes that “with the pressure on the economy, we have had to cut back on many good programs and cannot make an exception in this case”

3/10/92 DP to Mrs.[Barbara] Bush, The White House requesting her to receive and celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Advertising Council. “The Advertising council represents the spirit of volunteerism you hold dearly.  They enable many important non-profit groups to leverage their scarce resources and get out valuable messages for the public well being.  It is a group that we can be proud of”

3/3/92 DP’s scheduled trip 3/4-6 to Washington

3/2/92 DP to Rep. John Conyers and Frank Horton expressing appreciation for their “leadership and efforts to enact H.P. 3161, the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1991.” DP finds this legislation “a significant opportunity to meaningfully implement Packard Commission recommendations involving commercial products, increased competition, reducing unnecessary burdens in the procurement process, and maintaining a single, uniform set of federal procurement laws”


3/2/92 DP to Donald J. Atwood, Deputy Secretary of Defense, about his bill S.2057, which “was considered in some detail by our commission in 1986″ and was found “to violate the basic principles of the Nichols-Goldwater legislation…to have the Secretary of Defense and his staff, the OSD, directly involved in military procurement.”  In a two-page letter DP reviews the basic principles of management of the military establishment.  “The first principle is that the Secretary of Defense and the OSD should establish policy; not implement it.  The most important part of their responsibility is to provide the mechanism that assures civilian control of military operations.  It is essential that no military person can commit U.S. military forces to action without the personal approval of the President…the Secretary of Defense and his staff provide this channel of control for the President.  The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs was designated as the only military advisory to the President….The role of the military services is to acquire the weapons and recruit and train the forces needed to support the Joint and Specific Commands.  IT IS OBVIOUS TO ME THAT THERE IS NO NEED WHATEVER FOR AN OSD ACQUISITION CORPS…”

2/27/92 DP’s scheduled trip 2/27-29 to San Diego for a meeting of the Scripps Oceanography Director’s Council

2/26/92 DP donates $1,000 to the Pilius family, Rockville MD

2/21/92 DP to the President of JustStrategies, Inc. saying neither he nor the Company is interested in “‘Concept for a New Television Show’…I have always had a negative view about the value of institutional advertising…”

2/18/92 DP to Zhou Jiahua, Vice Premier, State Planning Commission, Beijing, China, reporting on the recent visit by Dean Morton and Alan Bickell.  “I personally believe that the success that CHP has enjoyed to date, and the important contribution that it continues to make to China’s development, are the direct result of the meetings between us and the guiding principles which were agreed upon at that time”

2/18/92 DP invites the following for a week of fishing at Tetachuck Lodge: Ben Biaggini, James K. Edmund, Ray Dahl, Bonnie and John Swearingen, Charles A. Anderson, Maria and Jim Hodgson, Mary Lou and Bill Corbus, Helen and Bob Glaser, Rosemary and Bill Hewlett, Reta and Bill Haynes, Jean and Morey Doyle, Elaine and Jack Parker, Jay and Polly Keyworth, Jim and Roz Boswell

2/11/92 DP to Richard Nixon: “Thank you for the copy of Seize the Moment.  I have read enough to realize your book is an important contribution to how we should think about the uncertain future.  Sincerely”

2/19/92 DP’s scheduled trip 2/12-16 to Mexico City for inauguration of President Salinas

2/3/92 DP to Ruben F. Mettler, TRW, Inc., Los Angeles: “I assume you heard the President’s State of the Union speech.  I found it very discouraging, particularly when it is simply a continuation of what Reagan started in 1980.  Since then the federal debt has gone up fourfold despite a two to one improvement in the GNP.  Bush’s program has a deficit that is over 6% GNP, whereas it is around 1% in most other countries.  The answer is that we did not have any influence whatever on President Bush’s economic policy”

2/3/92 DP’s scheduled trip 2/4-7 to Washington DC

2/3/92 DP to Senator William V. Roth, Jr. thanking him for sending a draft of his proposed defense acquisition reform legislation.  “Something along the lines of your proposal is badly needed, but I would like to discuss some of the details of your plan with you or your staff before it is set in concrete”

2/28/92 DP donates $5,000 to the Jackson County [NC] Hospice in memory of Barbara Laird


2/28/92 DP to Melvin R. Laird: “I was saddened to hear about Barbara.  I know there is not much that anyone can do to relieve the anguish on the loss of a loved one.  I do want you to know my thoughts have been with you”

1/24/92 DP donates $5,000 to the Nature Conservancy

1/8/92 DP to Dr. Jose Sarukhan agreeing to attend the international meeting in February in Mexico City on Biodiversity.  “Instead of reporting on the population and conservation program of the Packard foundation I would propose to discuss these issues in a broader context of biological diversity to include the importance of considering economic problems and population control and their relationship with biodiversity”

1/7/92 DP donates $2,000 to the Lincoln University Foundation

1/6/92 DP memo to John Young on General Managers Meeting: “Dear John: I have a few observations for you to keep in mind at the January Managers Meeting.  Because defining what we should do is more restrictive than defining what we should not do, it is important under (2), HP directions for the 1990s, to emphasize:

We don’t intent to try and identify all the kinds of ‘information appliances’ that HP should plan to make in the 1990s.

Technology is changing very rapidly and it is impossible to foresee all the opportunities we choose to seize.

Furthermore, the decisions about what to design, build and market are best made by the operating entities, which are closer to the technology and markets involved.

On the last page of your memo you point out that ‘we’re investing in the technologies that will competitively differentiate us – PA-RISC, IC Technology, objects and roles of the HP Labs.’  This statement should be expanded to point out the great advantage we obtain from new proprietary technology such as LED Material and Ink Jet technology.  Such projects are long term; ten years or more but they give us some real leverage.  It should probably be one of the main roles of HP Labs to do the basic work, but ideas for such projects should be encouraged from the operating entities as well.  I think this is a good statement and I do not think it would be desirable for Bill or me to participate in the meeting”

Box 21, Folder 2                              1992   April, May, June

6/22/92 DP to Alan Simpkins of Plantronics, Santa Cruz, about chips from hearing aids being used in telephone sets; DP works with Dr. Rodney Perkins on this

6/22/92 DP’s scheduled trip to Boston 6/22-25


6/19/92 DP donates $500 to the Merle Ferguson Medical Fund, Felton CA

6/16/92 DP and WRH’s invitation for the Hunt at San Felipe Ranch, August 28-30 sent to: William A. Hewlett, Alexander Wilson, Howard Chickering, Kenneth Ladd, Jr., Jean-Paul Gimon, Simon Rich, Jack S. Parker, Louis W. Cabot, William S. Brewster, Benjamin Biaggini, Robert M. Brown, Sherm Chickering, Henry Colleto, Morris M. Doyle, Bruce G. Elliott, James S. Hewlett, H. J. Haynes, Tom Killefer, Edmund W. Litterfield,  Norman Livermore, Arjay Miller, Franklin (and David) M. Orr, David Woodley Packard, Robert Stephens

6/9/92 DP donates $500 to the Engineers Club of San Francisco’s cycling trip to benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Society

6/2/92 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 6/3-5

5/21/92 DP to Alger B. Chapman, Chairman and CEO, The Chicago Board Options Exchange with cc to John Young, Bob Wayman, Roy Verley: “I appreciate your letter of May 15th bringing to my attention the timing of news announcements which could affect the price of stock and options.  In the past we have issued instructions to carefully adhere to the procedure you have pointed out, and will send copies of your letter to the appropriate people in the company to reinforce these instructions”

5/15/92 DP donates $1,000 to the Re-election Committee for John McCain, Phoenix AZ

5/12/92 DP to Barbara Franklin, Secretary of Commerce, urging her to reconsider the decision to deny sending NIST members to the Conference on Precision Electronic Measurements in Paris in June.  “It is hard to understand how the United States can provide worldwide leadership in technology when our people who have leadership in this field are not allowed to participate in such an international meeting”

5/12/92 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 5/13-14

5/11/92 DP donates $1,000 to the Los Altos High School Grad Nite ‘92

5/5/92 DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 5/6-8

4/28/92 DP to Richard G. Nichols, President and CEO, National Invention Center: “The contribution Bill Hewlett made with his audio oscillator did not contribute to Disney’s produce of Fantasia, it merely saved Disney some money.  Bill should be cited for the hand held calculators, the Model 35 and 45, which were introduced in 1972 and which revolutionized the electronic calculator business”

4/28/92 DP endorses Kirk Raab for Pacific-Union Club membership

4/21/92 DP to Michigan State University endorsing Bill Onsted for their alumni award


4/14/92 DP to president of American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research offering an endowment spread over several years which would not be given in years when the AEI does not have an operating deficit the previous year

4/13/92 DP to Ms. E. Packard-Baxter, Bombay, India: “I do not know of any possible relationship between our families.  My grandfather, Sidney Malcom Packard, came to Pueblo, Colorado from Illinois around 1890.  He was a repairman for the Sante Fe Railroad.  He had three sons and a daughter.  The oldest, my Uncle Harry spent his life as a Presbyterian medical missionary in Kermanshah, Persia.  Uncle George had a grocery store in Walsenburg, Colorado.  My Aunt Dora spent her life in Chula Vista, California operating a lemon grove and my father, Sperry Sidney spent his life as an attorney in Pueblo, Colorado.”

4/9/92 DP to Gary Geiger offering the following endorsement for his book Among the Cypress: “An interest book that recalls the lore about Monterey and the ‘big South’ of the Santa Lucia range along the Pacific Coast” [see 8/4/92 when DP thanks Gary Geiger and Douglas Long for a copy of their book]

4/8/92 DP donates $100 to support Robert T. Conway, Bay Area delegate to the People to People Youth Science Exchange

4/8/92 DP endorses again the nomination of Dr. Arnold O. Beckman for the Bower Award for Business Leadership, The Franklin Institute

Box 21, Folder 3                  1992 July, August, September

9/30/92 DP donates $500 for the Holly Le Roy candidacy for San Jose/Evergreen Community College Board, District 5

9/29/92 DP donates $25,000 in support of the Legal Defense Fund for CIA Employees Charitable Trust

9/24/92 DP memo to Lew Platt on President Carter Atlanta Project: “This is a request from President Carter for support for what he calls the ‘Atlanta Project.’  I do not think the whole idea makes any sense, but I hesitate to turn it down.  Our Foundation could help, but HP would have the responsibility to get the computers installed and keep them operating.  That being the case, HP should make the commitment, rather than my Foundation. I could provide some funding ($100K-$200K), if that would help.  Let me know what you think.”

9/17/92 DP to Paul Guercio: “I certainly do remember you and the many times we worked together in the years past…”

9/17/92 DP memo to Lew Platt concerning Tribute to Leon Sullivan:  “I do not think we need to do anything about this.  I have given Reverend Sullivan considerable help over the years.  We led in the establishment of OIC West and I gave him $1M to get IFESH started.  HP might sponsor 2 B&W Page for $1,000.”


9/16/92 DP letter to the Editor, San Jose Mercury News with “Permission to print verbatim”: “I am very disappointed that John Young, John Scully and many of my other good friends in the Silicon Valley industry have been caught in the updraft of Clinton’s hot air balloon.  I share their concern about the platform of the Republican party, and the influence of the right-wing deviates centered in Orange County.  My friends have overlooked the fact that the Democratic Party has been the party of socialism since President Roosevelt’s term in the great Depression of the 1930’s.  I was there and I recall vividly the NRA, which was referred to as ‘nuts, raspberries and applesauce.’  The great contribution of free enterprise, including scientists and engineers under the leadership of Vannevar Bush during World War II made America the strongest nation in the world.  President Roosevelt’s disastrous agreement with Stalin at Yalta was a clear signal that he fundamentally supported socialism rather than freedom.  Governor Clinton’s military experience is limited to calling up the National Guard in one of our smaller, less important states.  If Pat Schroeder, Barbara Boxer and many other leading Democrats had their way during the past 20 years, the United States, under President Bush’s leadership could not have undertaken Desert Storm, which was the greatest military victory in the history of the world.  The Democratic Party is indentured to union labor and has expressed opposition to the North American Trade Union, which will generate millions of jobs in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico in the years ahead.  The Democratic Party is also indentured to the Teachers’ Union.  As long as the Teachers’ Union places survival ahead of the need to have knowledge about the subject being taught, there is no hope of improving America’s educational system.  These, and other similar evaluations of well established Democratic Party positions convince me that my friends, who have defected to support Clinton, are making a serious strategic mistake.  David Packard, Chair of the Board, Hewlett-Packard Company”


9/15/92 DP memo to Lew Platt concerning Russia initiative with Vivek Penderharkar.  “I was disappointed to find it has a very short term focus.  You are asking the HP entity to provide $20K of the total cost of a person.  This may help on a few projects, but I think we are missing the point.  The program could generate some new ideas for us.  I think we should commit possibly as much as $10M per year most of which would be from HP Labs for people from Russia, who might have some new and fresh thinking that could provide a real break through in the long term. $10M would pay for 200 people.  That might be too much but it would be reduced by the short range program you are proposing, and might be brought down to $5M, which should support 100 people.  I think we could attract some of the best people from Russia and I think it is an opportunity, not a gamble”

9/14/92 DP to President George Bush: “I would like to express my concerns over recent developments at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that, in my view, threaten the primary source of medical innovation in the United States – the medical device and diagnostics industry.”  Two-page letter urging Bush’s personal attention and reverse the anti-technology drift of the FDA led by Commissioner David Kessler who “has unleashed a barrage of excessive new regulatory demands upon the industry…”

9/2/92 DP to Michael Grace, Acting President of Colorado College,

encouraging the establishment of a Japan House on campus.

9/2/92 DP to Kenzo Sasaoka, President, Yokogawa-Hewlett-Packard,

encouraging his help in establishing a Japan House at Colorado College

8/11/92 DP donates $1,000 to Free Enterprise for American to help with new political organization; letter addressed to Tom J. Campbell

8/10/92 DP to Dean Morton inviting him and LaVon to a special dinner in Dean’s honor on Sept. 17 at the Los Altos Golf & Country Club; same letter to John Young (and Rosemary).  Others invited: Jim and Marie Hodgson, George and Helen Burnett, Robert Minge Brown, Walter and Esther Hewlett, William Hewlett

7/23/92 DP donates $1,000 World Affairs Council to aid in the creation of an endowed scholarship fund for the Asilomar Conference in honor of Phil Habib

7/21/92 DP donates $1,000 to the Westminister Gardens, Duarte CA

7/21/92 DP to Carlos Salinas de Gortari, President of Mexico, congratulating him on receiving the American Enterprise Institutes Boyer Award.  “The timing of the speech would be excellent for promoting your reforms and the trade agreement.”

7/14/92 DP to Elizabeth Dole, President, The American Red Cross, giving her an update on what HP and The Red Cross have accomplished.  Mainly there is an interest for HP computer equipment for The Red Cross.  DP is concerned this might be a conflict of interest if he stays on her advisory board. “Whether or not HP equipment is chosen I feel quite sure that commercial equipment and software would be a much better choice than a new design by a government agency” [there was an earlier DP memo asking for an outline of what to say to Mrs. Dole]

there are many letters by individuals and educational institutions asking for money which DP usually regretfully declines

7/13/92 DP donates $250 to The Pueblo County 4-H Livestock Sale


Box 21, Folder 4                  1992 October, November, December

12/22/92 DP to Zhou Jiahua, Vice Premier, China: “With the new administration taking office in 1993 there is a distinct possibility they will attempt to withdraw the Most Favored Nation status for your country.  I want to reassure you that our Company will do whatever we can to maintain the present relationship.”  He reports that the new CEO Lew Platt will be in China in April and he hopes they can meet

12/21/92 DP to Jimmy Carter advising him that HP will provide both equipment and support for the Atlanta Project [see 10/8/92 when DP advises Carter that a Contributions Advisory Board member has been assigned to research their equipment needs and will report to the December meeting]

12/18/92 DP donates $1,000 to the Center for Excellence in Education

the usual response to people inquiring about HP’s policy on gun control – about fifty inquires

12/7/92 DP accepts the invitation to join the New York Public Library advisory committee [he has declined all other invitations to speak, to be honored, or to join committees]

12/7/92 DP memo to Dave Kirby: “I have given more thought to the proposed book.  First, it is presumptuous to suggest that we discovered any new principles of management in developing the HP Way, and I want to make this point very clear at the beginning.  We can then make the point that we need, from time to time, to make a new commitment to those principles and that is what I want this book to do.”

12/3/92 DP to Senator John Chafee congratulating him on receiving the Audubon Medal from the National Audubon Society

12/3/92 DP agrees to attend the Exploratorium Awards Dinner.  “This acceptance is subject to my health and I want it understood that should you find a more worthy candidate I will have no problem with stepping back”

12/1/92 DP to Rene F. Guerra, Sunnyvale: “I’m not sure I share all your opinions about the San Jose Mercury News, but in any event developing a competing newspaper in the South Bay would be a monumental venture indeed, and not one in which I would wish to participate”

12/1/92 DP donates $2,000 to Lincoln University Foundation

11/12/92 DP to Scott McClendon, President, Overland Data, San Diego: “It was good to hear from you again since your retirement last year after 32 years with the company.  I can easily appreciate your desire to establish a small electronics firm of your own….The recent election was indeed a disappointment and I am sorry President Bush is leaving.  We can only hope for the best”

11/6/92 DP accepts an appointment to The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for another three years


11/2/92 DP donates $10,000 to Free Enterprises for America, headed by Tom J. Campbell

10/26/92 DP donates $20,000 to the Bush Campaign

10/23/92 DP donates $500 to support Bruce Herschensohn’s campaign for Senator

10/22/92 DP to Kay Whitmore, Chairman, President, CEO, Eastman Kodak Co., requesting that Kodak renew its sponsorship of the Monterey Bay Aquarium at the level of $50,000 a year for five years

10/21/92 DP donates $250 to the Dale Jeanne Brown campaign for Board of Directors, El Camino Hospital District

Box 21, Folder 5                  1993 January, February, March

3/30/93 DP memo to Pete Peterson on The Samaritan Institute’s needs for a computer system

3/30/93 DP to William L. Wise, President, Wise Instrumentation & Controls, Mountain View:  HP ”has had an operation in China for about 15 years and we have delivered a substantial amount of equipment under our agreement with China, all on the U.S. approved list of equipment that can be sold to China.  Alan Bickell is managing this business and I will ask him to meet with you.”  DP identifies Wise to Peterson as ”a former Hewlett Packard person and I would like to have you meet with him.”

3/30/93 DP to Michael R. Deland, Chairman, American Flywheel Systems, Washington DC.  DP thinks the flywheel storage of energy as a concept “has merit, but at my age I do not want to get involved in any new ventures”

3/29/93 DP to Martin Feldstein, President and CEO, National Bureau of Economic Research, thanking him for information on taxes and income.  “I have already taken steps to reduce my income.  The only bad effect is that I will have to reduce my charitable contributions by several million dollars”

3/24/93 DP memo to Lew Platt concerning Iraq: “I think we supplied a computer but we should check the records for any sale to Iraq.  I think John Young visited there.  In any case we must get the facts and answer John McCain.”

3/24/93 DP’s scheduled trip to San Diego 3/25-27

3/22/93 DP to William T. Golden and Joshua Lederberg, Carnegie Commission: “For what it’s worth I fully support your December 14th letter to Clinton”

3/22/93 DP to John Leonti, Chair, Central Coast Chapter, The Mule Deer Foundation: “Mr. Hewlett’s and my children are the owners of the San Felipe Ranch which borders on the Henry W. Coe State Park.  Between Mr. Hewlett, myself and our families we have supported research on the California Black Tail deer for some twenty years.”  He donates $100 to the Foundation.


3/22/93 memo to Brian Evarts concerning HP Health Care System 5000: “…I think we could contribute to a national medical information system.  I do not think much of your idea for automatic weighing, but you should discuss this with potential users”

3/17/93 DP to William D. Ruckelshaus, Chairman, Browning-Ferris Industries: “…I have been involved with a small organization working on risk management known as the Institute for the Evaluation of Health Risk (IEHR).  It is now headed by Dr. William F. Ballhaus who was President of Beckman Instruments for a number of years.”  DP suggests Dr. Ballhaus be invited to Ruckelshaus’ meeting on risk management

3/18/93 DP to Governor Pete Wilson recommending Ted Laliotis from HP Labs to the vacancy on the California Public Utilities Commission.  “Hewlett-Packard Company is in full support of your efforts to establish the necessary policies that would facilitate the creation of a state of the art public telecommunications network…”

3/12/93 DP to Senator John H. Chafee, after seeing him on the McNeil/Lehrer program, saying it is not possible “to reduce the Federal debt.  The three trillion dollar figure is the result of the Reagan and Bush administrations pumping an average of $250 billion into the economy for 12 years. It is obviously not possible to take $250 billion out of the economy for 12 years, and the token amount proposed by President Clinton of $250 billion over five or six years would require 60 years to reduce the Federal debt to zero.  What is likely to happen during the first term of Clinton’s administration is that the Federal debt will be increased…the only option we have is to increase the GNP.  If we could return to the secular rate of 3-3.5% per year, the Federal deficit would become small enough as percent of GNP in a relatively short time, less than 5 years.  I encourage you and your associates to make this the centerpiece of the Republican proposal…share this message with your Republican friends and also with Sam Nunn, Les Aspin and other responsible Democrats.”

3/12/93 DP memo to Lew Platt wanting him and Alan Bickell to read the Microcosmos book, Dragon of Eden, and Medusa and the Snail

3/11/93 DP’s scheduled trip to Orange County 3/12

2/26/93 DP donates $1,000 to The Stanford Review

2/19/93 DP to Kenzo Sasaoka on his being “chosen to be Chairman of Yokogawa.  They could not have made a better decision”

2/19/93 DP donates $1,000 to Polytechnic University for the dinner honoring Joseph F. Alibrandi


2/19/93 DP memo to Betty Gerard concerning Clinton Deficit-Reduction Package: “I do not think we should say we approve of the tax increases.  It will definitely reduce our ability to create new jobs…I am sure we will be better off without it.  Also, it is very likely that many of Clinton’s proposals will not be enacted and I do not think we will do any good by supporting them”

1/29/92 [sic] DP’s scheduled trip to Washington 2/1-4

1/29/93 DP to Paul F. Miller, Jr.: “At the suggestion from you and several other Directors we have established an ad-hoc committee which we will call the ‘Board Review Committee’…I agree there are a number of issues that should be reviewed” [list of Committee attached with T. A. Wilson as Chairman]

1/21/93 DP to HP Board of Directors: “Ladies & Gentlemen: After listening to the Old Time Baptist Revival Meeting in Washington yesterday I am enclosing what I believe is a more likely course of World Affairs in the years ahead.  It is ‘The Clash of Civilizations?’ by Samuel Huntington”

1/19/93 DP to Crecentia Anna Uram: “Your daughter Andrea has written to me recently to explain the difficulty you are experiencing with your hearing.  In order to help you to pay for the necessary hearing aids I am sending you the enclosed check for $1,800.00.  Thank you very much for your hard work and loyalty to our company.”

1/19/93 DP donates $1,000 to Tom Huening, Belmont CA, to help with his “recent campaign expenses”

1/14/93 DP donates $1,000 to SE2

many letters asking about HP’s position on gun control

1/5/93 DP to President Clinton recommending that he not support the proposals from the Secretary of the Interior “which would hurt the very conservation organizations which have helped to advance your Administration’s conservation agenda – The Nature Conservancy, The Trust for Public Land and the Conservation Fund…”

Box 21, Folder 6                  1993 April, May, June

6/30/93 DP and WRH invite the following to the opening date for the Hunting Season, August 14th, at San Felipe Ranch for our Annual Deer Hunt: Ben Biaggini, Bill Brewster, Robert M. Brown, Louis W. Cabot, Howard Chickering, Henry Colleto and Martha Schauss, Morris Doyle, Bruce G. Elliott, Jean-Paul Gimon, H. J. Haynes, James Hewlett, Walter B. Hewlett, William A. Hewlett, Tom Killefer, Kenneth L. Ladd, Jr., Edmund W. Littlefield, Norman Livermore, Arjay Miller, Franklin and David Orr, David Woodley Packard, Jack S. Parker, Robert Stephens, Alexander Wilson,

6/22/93 DP’s invitation for a week of fishing beginning July 1 at Tetachuck sent to the following: Polly & Jay Keyworth, Sherry & Rodney Perkins, Sonia & Jack Shepard, James Edmund, John Swearingen, Ray Dahl


6/17/93 DP to John H. Gibbons, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, urging that the President’s Council have “direct access to the President. We got off to a good start with a full half day spent with President Bush, but our direct contact was very limited after that…we made some recommendations to him that would have helped him.  He was constrained by the chaos of the Republican Party, and I think President Clinton will have less constraints even though he does not enjoy the full and enthusiastic support of the Democratic Party…”

6/16/93 DP memo to Lew Platt, cc to Joel Birnbaum, saying there are two issues they should discuss before the next HP Board meeting: “1.  Does Joel have an adequate program of basic research?  Barney Oliver thinks not…  2. As a result of the many visits I have made to the Stanford Hospital and doctors at the Stanford Medical Clinic I think HP is in an excellent position to put a computerized program into place at Stanford…”

6/16/93 DP donates $1,500 to The Role Model Program with Ron Gonzales as Honorary Chair

5/21/93 DP donates $5,000 to the Good Samaritan Fund to help with the medical problems of Becky Shields

5/20/93 DP to Henry Siegman, American Jewish Congress: “I have concluded that the United States should not become involved in Bosnia in any way.  It is now quite clear that they do not want us to be involved.  I am sure General Merrill McPeak is wrong in his estimate of what air attacks would do…”

5/19/93 DP to Gerhard Casper, Stanford President, congratulating him on appointing Dr. Condoleezza Rice as Provost of the University.  “There simply could not be a better choice”

5/19/93 DP to Gayle Wilson [Mrs. Pete Wilson]: “I am sure our family foundation can do something for this project [Leland Stanford Museum in Sacramento]

5/19/93 DP donates $2,500 to Athletes & Business for Kids

5/6/93 DP memo to Lew Platt suggesting he read the article on China, “The Dragon Stairs” from Wilson Quarterly, Spring 1993


4/30/93 DP to the Iowa State University, Development Office, on his recollections about T. A. Wilson who will be honored with a doctorate degree on May 15: “It has been great to have T. A. Wilson as a member of the Hewlett-Packard board, but we had questions about him.  I could never understand why he would enroll in Caltech after graduating from Iowa State in aeronautical engineering.  Perhaps he thought it would improve his chances for a letter in football.  Since I can’t remember our Stanford team playing Caltech I’m not sure how that worked out.  I don’t know exactly what he got out of Caltech, but what he got out of Iowa was obvious to us on a regular basis.  He was full of corn.”

4/27/93 DP donates $5,000 towards the Vassar College tuition of Melissa Noelle Edmon who is graduating from the Convent of the Sacred Heart in San Francisco

4/23/93 DP to Paul H. O’Neill saying he will make a gift of at least $250,000 toward the plans for President Ford’s birthday

4/23/93 DP to John F. Welch, Jr. supporting Lew Platt’s membership in The Business Council

4/19/93 DP to Dr. Frances Stubbs, Howard University, saying his “health has become so unpredictable that I am not able to accept a kind invitation such as yours…We have had a long time interest in Howard University and the Hewlett-Packard Company will maintain that relationship, whether or not I am personally involved”

4/16/93 DP to Steve Wozniak, Los Gatos, saying his recommendation would serve no useful purpose as Stanford only accepts recommendations from people who know the candidate first-hand; Wozniak asked him to help his stepson Adam who wants to attend Stanford

4/16/93 DP memo to John Young: “I was interested in learning about your new endeavor, Smart Valley Inc.  It sounds as though it could be a very worthwhile project.  I want you to know your old friends at Hewlett-Packard will be glad to help in any way they can.”

4/12/93 DP to Zhou Jiahua, Vice Premier, China, sending his personal greetings with Lewis Platt, HP’s new president who is traveling in China.  “I was pleased to learn that you two were to become acquainted on this trip to your country.  I have fond memories of my two visits to China, and the time we spent together here in California…”

Box 21, Folder 7                  1993 July, August, September

9/16/93 DP donates $3,000 to the U.S.-Asian Council for a dinner for Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad.  “The Hewlett-Packard Company has a very successful operation in Penang, Malaysia for a number of years.  We have excellent support from the Malaysian government…You can use the tickets in any way that will help to convey the message that we enthusiastically recommend Malaysia as an attractive location for U.S. companies interested in establishing a position in the Western Pacific area.”

9/14/93 DP to Jim Raftery, Chairman, Weyerhaeuser Company: “…I can understand your problem and I am sorry we didn’t give you the help you needed.  You have a job with a fine company.  I know George and Wendy very well.  They have created an environment at the Weyerhaeuser Company very similar to ours at HP…”


9/2/93 DP and WRH to Gerhard Casper, Stanford President: “We wish to establish a Professorship in honor of Dr. Frederick E. Terman.  We are enclosing our checks in the amount of $1,000,000 to fund the professorship.  We would recommend, but not require, that 10% or more of the annual income be set aside for the recipient to use at his discretion”

8/30/93 Margaret Paull to Kevin Gillespie, T&M Department, HP, enclosing David Packard’s check for $500 towards an HP Company contribution for equipment to Drexel Univ.

8/17/93 DP to Katherine Pike on the death of her husband, Thomas P. Pike: “…Tom was a wonderful friend over many years and all his contributions to make this a better world extended over most of this Century”

8/17/93 DP to Esther Fuller on the death of her husband, W. Parmer Fuller III: “…Parmer was a good friend since I enrolled at Stanford in 1930.  He was helpful to me in many ways.  He has contributed to the betterment of Stanford over a large part of this Century.  He has helped to make this a better world”

8/16/93 DP to “Dear Friends” who through their organization, Friends of Tetachuck, “will be a benefactor of the Monterey Bay Aquarium.”  Friends include Jim Edmund, Ray Dahl, John Swearingen, Rodney & Sherry Perkins, Jay & Polly Keyworth, and Jack & Sonia Shepard

8/11/93 DP donates $1,000 to Tom Campbell for his campaign for the State Senate position held by Becky Morgan

8/9/93 DP to Ruben Mettler and Tom Everhart: “I appreciate the invitation to join the trip next year to the Galapagos Islands.   I was there a few years ago and that experience was responsible for my establishing the Monterey Bay Aquarium Institute (MBARI).  Much as I would enjoy going there again the state of my health prevents me from doing so”

7/26/93 DP’s scheduled trip to Vancouver and Tetachuck 7/27-29

7/15/93 DP to William L. Rutherford: “…President Casper is making a major change in Stanford, and Dr. Condoleezza Rice, who recently became Provost, is a real breath of fresh air.  I predict that the atmosphere at Stanford will undergo a complete change.  There is nothing I would want to do until we see what this new Administration will do”

7/9/93 DP to Dr. Condoleezza Rice: “Your meeting on June 8th with the Hewlett-Packard Sonoma County employees was great!”

Box 21, Folder 8                  1993 October, November, December

12/22/93 DP donates $1,000 to The American Spectator

12/17/93 DP donates $1,000 to Senator Slade Gorton’s re-election campaign


12/16/93 DP to Bruce Becker, Salinas, “…I suggest you advise your students that few, if any, of the major companies in Silicon Valley inherited their position of power.  Most, including Hewlett-Packard, had little initial capital.  In the case of HP it was about $500 in 1939 which would be about $5000 today.  Everyone who has venture capital looks for a company that has people who know what they want to do, not for people who have money.  There is a saying I used to hear from my father many times when I was growing up.  He said, “knowledge is power.”  That is just as true today as it was then…[to be a leader of the 21st Century] it will take…good education, hard work, and creativity”

12/16/93 DP to George Newman, Mountain View, on his retirement from HP having joined in 1957.  “At that time it was a very small company, but one of the best.  You helped the company grow until it covered the globe with total sales in 1993 of 20 Billion Dollars!  You not only helped HP to grow to be the second largest computer company in the world, and by any measure the best one of all”

12/16/93 DP donates $10,000 to support the RAND California Fund; addressed to James A. Thomson with cc to George P. Shultz

12/16/93 DP donates $500,000 for the Stanford Review

12/3/93 DP to Senator Slade Gorton: “…I cannot do anything until I get a problem with the Republican National Committee straightened out.  They did not allocate a gift that I made in 1992 back to the State, and as a result I am in violation of the $25,000 maximum ceiling.  They have agreed to straighten this out but I have to wait until they do” [similar replies to other Republicans asking for money, such as Dan Lungren, 12/2/93]

12/3/93 DP to John Diebold, The Diebold Institute for Public Policy Studies, saying he thinks “the oceans of the world are the most important frontier left.  My family foundation is operating a state of the art study using unmanned underwater operated vehicles, ROV, and with limited depth we have already seen some important activity that has never been seen before….I do not think we need a manned space station.  It is not possible for man to survive a trip to Mars and essentially we are wasting a lot of money for nothing.  Our space program should be limited to unmanned remote operated vehicles.  Our leadership in technology will be highly dependent on attracting the brightest young men and women to commit to a career in research and teaching at our major universities…Finally I don’t believe it will be as important in the future as in the past to have a technical lead.  We are part of a world wide system and we can benefit from what other nations do”

11/17/93 DP donates $2,000 for Lincoln University Foundation


11/16/93 DP to Representative Sam Farr urging him to vote for NAFTA which “is vital for this country’s exports, jobs and leadership in the trade and environmental areas.”  He notes that Norm Mineta and Anna Eshoo have already agreed. [later letter thanking Farr for voting for NAFTA]

11/12/93 DP to John Diebold, Bedford Hills, NY: “There is a fundamental change that will have a major impact on the 21st Century that was not mentioned in your report on 21st Century enterprise.  The 20th Century technology was based on science that was generally in place by the middle of the 19th Century.  Its major feature was that the atom was the smallest particle in the universe and its nucleus was made of protons and neutrons…The work of these high energy machines demonstrated that an atom was made of ten different particles and it involved weak forces and strong forces.  This is what has made genetic engineering possible.  This new knowledge about the structure of the atom was made possible by the high energy accelerations on which billions of dollars were spent to keep ahead of the Soviets.  This is, in fact, the most important fall out of the Cold War.  We never would have spent anywhere that much just for science”

11/8/93 DP to Rod Carlson on his retirement: “…When electronic instrumentation was our main business your area of responsibility contributed more than its fair share to our success.  In your most recent assignment you did a masterful job in deciding where our charitable contributions should go, and you were responsible for making this area important to HP”

10/22/93 DP to Nathan J. Winograd, Stanford Cat Network, c/o Palo Alto Humane Society:  “…I do not have much interest in preserving cats myself, but my son, David Woodley Packard and his wife Pam, are interested in cats and they may want to help with your problem”

10/19/93 DP donates $1,000 to the National Society of Fundraising Executives

10/11/93 DP to David P. Yewell: “…Your departure from HP was unfortunate, but with your plans for the start up company, Network Automation, it may prove to be a move in the right direction.  At this time I have some major commitments pending and I regret I am unable to join in your plans with a $500,000 investment”

Box 21, Folder 9                  1994 January, February, March

3/23/94 DP to Barney Oliver, SETI Institute: “We will take the SETI request to our foundation.  While it appears to be a good project we are already supporting some programs in this area and I doubt that we can justify one more”


3/9/94 DP to Arnold O. Beckman in response to his recent letter:  “I can understand why you want to become ‘Chairman Emeritus,’ but I am sure you will keep informed on everything…we will always welcome your advice.  I think Michael Berns will be a fine chairman.  I know he is always very loyal to you”

3/2/94 DP to John H. Lau, HP Product Process Organization, congratulating him on election as a Fellow in the IEEE [same to Rory Van Tuyl, HP Solid State Technology Lab]

2/9/94 DP to Dick Hughes: “The National Geographic Magazine was grossly in error.  Since Mr. Hewlett and I have used the BLM range: 1) the game has increased fivefold…  2) The long dry spell was responsible for the poor condition of the range…  3) We have offered to fence these few critical areas…We have provided funds for many activities in Mackey for the benefit of the community”

2/7/94 DP memo to Lew Platt concerning Alice Tinker’s call asking for help in getting a computer system for the Defense system in Washington.  He suggests Tom Ulhman call her.

1/31/94 DP sends a letter of sympathy to the family of T. Kong Lee who passed away.  “I considered him to be one of my best friends.” [DP contributed often to the Lincoln University Foundation which T. Kong Lee headed]

1/18/94 DP donates $2,500 to the 47th anniversary dinner of the World Affairs Council of Northern California through Charlotte Mailliard Swig

1/14/94 DP to Russell Mosey, Cibolo TX: “…We have a Parts Direct Ordering Department that specializes in obsolete parts…Continued success with your vintage instrument collection”

1/11/94 DP to Secretary of Commerce Ronald H. Brown: “…I have a fundamental disagreement with most of the conclusions [of the proceedings of the 1993 Technology Summit held in Burlingame].  I am sure much more will be accomplished in a much shorter time if these issues are dealt with by the private sector without direct involvement of the Government….I do not think that a close relationship forged by industry and government together is the answer.  The Federal Government does have an important role in reducing the regulatory requirements, in clarifying the matter of intellectual property among many others….[HP] provides intensive care equipment for a majority of hospitals in the country, and this was done without any input from NASA.  I know there are many people in industry who do not agree with me but under our policies the Hewlett-Packard Company is the second largest computer company in the world and probably the best”

1/11/94 DP to Bill Johnson, Office of Protocal for the Secretary of Defense, The Pentagon, congratulating him on his retirement after 52 years of government service.  “I remember the excellent job you did as my driver when I was with the Department of Defense”


Box 21, Folder 10                1994 April, May, June

4/18/94 DP to Menno Harms, HP GmbH, congratulating him “on HP GmbH being ranked first for our ‘image’ in the computer industry in Manager magazine, Germany’s most important monthly business magazine”

Box 21, Folder 11                1994 July, August, September

7/1/94 DP and WRH send invitations to their Annual Deer Hunt on Sept. 3-4 to: Ben Biaggini, William Brewster, Robert M. Brown, Louis W. Cabot, Howard Chickering, Henry and Martha Colleto, Morris M. Doyle, Bruce G. Elliott, Jean-Paul Gimon, Richard M. Helms, H. J. Haynes, Walter B. Hewlett, William A. Hewlett, Tom Killefer, Kenneth L. Ladd, Jr., Edmund W. Littlefield, Norman Livermore, Arjay Miller, Franklin and David Orr, David Woodley Packard, Jack S. Parker, Simon Rich, Robert Stephens, Alexander Wilson

Box 21, Folder 12                1994 October, November, December

11/16/94 DP to Charles A. (Bud) Eldon, Sierra Vista AZ, congratulating him on receiving “the 1994 IEEE United States Activities Board Award for Distinguished Contributions to Engineering Professionalism,” well deserved after his long-time work with IEEE

Box 21, Folder 13                1995 January, February, March

1/17/95 DP donates $10,000 to Bill’s Theater at the Museum of Flight

Box 21, Folder 14                1995 April, May, June


Box 21, Folder 15                1995 July, August, September

7/25/95 DP memo to Barbara Waugh thanking her for sending him a copy of her talk, “Diversity Journies” delivered at the recent HP Technical/Professional Women’s Conference.  “It is comforting to know so many HP women had the opportunity to participate in such an interesting event”

7/25/95 DP to Irene Rachton, Sleepy Eye MN, who requested a million dollars for the Vatican so the Pope could give food and money to the poor and homeless.  “My wife, Lucile, died on May 30, 1987.  The years go by and the entire family as well as many, many friends truly miss her.  The David and Lucile Packard Foundation was established several years ago in her memory, along with the Lucile Salter Packard Childrens Hospital in Palo Alto.”  He regrets he can’t furnish financial assistance

7/6/95 DP and WRH invite the following to the 1995 hunting Season opening, August 12th: Alexander (Bud) Wilson, H. J. (Bill) Haynes, William Brewster, Louis Cabot, Howard Chickering, Jean-Paul Gimon, Richard M. Helms, William Hewlett, Kenneth Ladd, Jack S. Parker, Simon Rich, David Woodley Packard, James Hewlett, Morris Doyle, Franklin and David Orr

Box 21, Folder 16                1995 October, November, December


[nothing of interest]