25 Years Ago Today (August 27th, 1984)

I got up in the morning from temporary housing and put on my 3 piece business suit to start my first day of work at a relatively small computer company near Seattle called “Micro-Soft” or something like that.  Within a day I’d been ridiculed for my choice of dress (“You’re wearing a ne-ne-ne-ne-necktie?”) and had to sign a dozen or more forms, been handed an employee directory and shown to my new window office – a converted conference room, but still a window office.  I shared the office with Joe King (yeah, that was his real name) for about 2 weeks until I got my own office.

I’ve spent the past 25 days giving a year-by-year recap of my career at Microsoft, today’s been a bit of a whirlwind.  I was originally going to recap the highlights of the past 25 years but instead I think I’ll just write about some of the events of the day.

My group had a lunch where we celebrated with a “Windows Mixer” cake decorated by Steve Ball:

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I received my 25 year service award – the thing weighs about 30 pounds (it comes in a footlocker!).

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And if you’ve seen the sound team, you know that we almost always have a video that goes with every event…

EHO and Kristin Carr, two of my co-workers wearing their “Larry Look-Alike Kits”:

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My boss, Noel Cross with his Larry Look-Alike Kit:

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I also was fortunate to have several of my co-workers from years gone by come by and share in the celebration, it was amazing seeing them again after several years.

Today’s been an awesome day, and I’m really looking forward the next 25 years!


Edit: Ok, blogging while slighly intoxicated is a bad idea.

Comments (19)

  1. edpete says:

    So you let kids play with your lego’s huh?

    Congrats Larry!  


  2. Ed: No, that was Richard’s fantasy.

  3. I was sincerely concerned you were leaving.  I loved this series.


  4. Leo Davidson says:

    Congrats! Nice photos. 🙂

  5. Monica says:

    Yeah, I thought that’s where this series of posts was going.  (Hey, I knew the earliest date you could have started there. 🙂 )  Congratulations!  Staying in the same place for 25 years is pretty rare these days.

    I love the Larry Look-Alike kits.

  6. Congrats!

    Your 25 years coincides with the launch of Windows 7, the best consumer OS ever (according to me, at least). So congrats to you and Microsoft for that too!

  7. Manan says:

    Many congratulations! I hope there’ll be more milestones 🙂 All the best. 🙂

  8. Congratulations Larry. Thanks for sharing some of your experiences over the last 25 years.

  9. Cronan says:

    Congratulations, you must have seen so many changes over your <b>quarter of a century</b>! 😉

  10. Jannik says:

    Hey Larry,

    As an avid reader of your blog (and user of Windows sounds 😉 I congratulate you on your anniversary!

    Keep up the good work (and blog).


  11. Sys64738 says:

    Congrats Larry!

  12. Ooh says:

    Oh yeah, time to say a big Thank You and Congratulations! Wish you all the very best!!

    Best regards,


    PS: 30 pounds more to move when doing the next office move 😉 It’s a big and nice award, I’d like to have one of those too!

  13. feroze says:

    Congratulations, Larry! What a great milestone! You must be the seniormost employee in MS, aside from SteveB.

    I enjoy reading your blog. Here’ looking forward to the next 25.

  14. feroze: Not even close – I’m somewhere around #28.  I’m #3 in Windows fwiw.

  15. Josh says:

    Congrats Larry! Here’s to the next 25!

  16. Rick Schaut says:

    Congratulations, Larry. So, can we now expect to see your name on the wall at the MSCC?

  17. Rick: Some time early next year – they only update once every 6 months or so.

  18. Me says:

    Awesome – congrats!! Now I finally get why there were so many ‘pirates’ in the building 🙂

  19. CmraLvr2 says:

    Cool Series.  

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