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HP Garage gets listed on National Register of Historic Places

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May 17, 2007

May 18, 2007 The garage-start-up that becomes a global company is part of every budding entrepreneurs dream. In America, the HP Garage has become a symbol of what can rise from humble beginnings with hard work and determination. Now the National Park Service has begun listing the famed HP Garage and house at 367 Addison Avenue, Palo Alto on the United States National Register of Historic Places. Recognized as the birthplace of Silicon Valley, the garage was the building in which Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard set up shop in 1938. One hopes that they’ll subsequently consider the Cupertino garage where Wojniak and Jobs kicked off Apple in 1976 and the rented Menlo Park garage where Sergei Brin and Larry Page set up Google in 1998.

Located at 367 Addison Avenue in Palo Alto, Calif., the HP Garage was designated a California Registered Landmark, “Birthplace of Silicon Valley,” by the state in 1987. In 2005, the company completed a restoration of the site to help preserve its legacy.

“The HP Garage has become a symbol of what can rise from humble beginnings with hard work and determination,” said Gary Elliott, vice president, Brand Management and Design, HP. “It’s an honor to be recognized by the National Park Service and we hope it will further spread these core HP values to a national audience.”

More information about the history, preservation and rehabilitation of the HP Garage is available at www.hp.com/hpinfo/abouthp/histnfacts/garage/

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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