HP 200B Serial Number 187

Watt's Current

Watt's Current was the HP employee news letter from 1943 until 1971. In all, 322 issues were published over it's 27 year existence, with 26 years edited by William (Bill) Bigler. In later years, the newsletter's tag line was "Items of Interest Concerning Palo Alto Area Personnel". Upon Bill Bigler's retirement in 1971, the newsletter was replaced with "The Peninsulan" which continued to focus on issues of interest to Palo Alto and Santa Clara employees. MEASURE magazine was started in July 1963, and covered items of interest to all HP locations, and ran until June 2000).

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Link / Date Issue Highlights
1943-09 The first Hewlett-Packard Company employee newsletter, edited by Nancy Burbank, is published with question marks across the masthead. The person who submits the winning name will get a $5 war bond from Dave Packard
1943-10 Cliff Atkins wins the paper-naming contest with his WATT'S CURRENT entry
1954-11 Special edition (20 Pages)
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1970-11  
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1971-08 The final issue of Watt's Current