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Remember the Alamo

On a business swing through Texas this month, meeting schedules allowed me a long lunch in San Antonio.  In San Antonio, especially in March, that translates to a riverside table piled with gooey-good Mexican food surrounded by draping flowers at their downtown River Walk, followed by a siesta-pace walking tour of the nearby Alamo memorial.  Since my son had recently done a “famous persons” school report on Davy Crockett (which means I am quite current on Davy as well), I was excited to see where Davy and his Tennessee and Texan friends had their to-the-death battle with the Mexican army.  We happened to visit on the very same March day that the shooting finally stopped so many years ago.  Must have been a gorgeous day to die…

 

My host was a Texas history buff.  He recounted several different accounts of Travis’ now famous line-in-the-sand speech, whether or not Jim Bowie only fought from his sick bed, and the different accounts of Davy dying in the fight and of being captured and later executed by the victors.

 

You got to love history.  It changes with perspective and opinion.  Even the clearest of facts become fuzzy in time.  They can be stretched, or bent, or twisted, or even… occasionally… left alone.  No wonder we engineering-types rarely ventured out of the math building; too many variables.

 

You are probably wondering what this has to do with a Memory page blog.  So do I.  Well, first, it does show that marketing guys are not, as commonly believed, workaholics that are on their computers 24/7.  I’m more of a 23/7 guy myself.  And, most importantly, if these guys would have had some data recorders planted around the mission with nvSRAM memory inside.. a system that would save the data even if the power supply got shot to pieces, they could have captured all these facts.  We would know exactly what happened.  We’d all be happier.  And maybe… just maybe… more engineers would be enjoying history classes today.

 

Until next trip, Grant

 

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