Lester 'Les' Thompson

Profile Updated: April 9, 2020
Lester 'Les' Thompson
Class of 1956
Residing In: Los Altos Hills, CA USA
Spouse/Partner: Freda
Children, Grandchildren: Eric son grandsons Nathan and Ryan
Suzanne daughter grandaughters Bridget, Claire
More… grandson Stewart
Kris daughter
Marlys daughter
Occupation: computers & electronics engineering and business
Yes! Attending Reunion
Occupation/Career(s) Details:

Collins Radio, Newport Beach
Lear Siegler, Anaheim
Philco-Ford, Palo Alto
Markstems, Tucson
Electroprint, Palo Alto/Cupertino
Formaster/Trace, Sunnyvale/San Jose
Board of Directors Individual Software

Different places I have lived:

Orange County 1961-67
Los Altos 1967-present except Tucson 1970

Family history living in South Pasadena:

Moved to So. Pas in 1948 and went to El Centro, then So. Pas Jr. High and High School. Parents moved to Downey a month after graduation.

Family members who also went to SPHS:

Sister Lynn class of 1951

Other SPHS graduates I keep in touch with:

Brad Thurman, Tom Bauer, Ed Jaeger, Betsy Birdsey Fraser-Smith, Jim Clark, Tad White, Mike Lanham until his passing, Mike Forster, Lynn Thompson Gesner (my sister, 1951)

School Memories:

As the smallest kid in our class I looked up to everybody. I remember the football, basketball, and baseball with lots of fond memories.

The teachers that made the most impression on me are Tewksbury, Steimle, Steele, and Solari.

Organizations, clubs, sports groups, and other groups I (did or do) participate in (in high school and/or now):

Bengals, Baseball 54, 55, 56, Basketball 54, 55, 56, and Football 56

Milestones & Epiphanies:

Starting a company and taking it public.

What's happening in my life now:

Retired and do a lot of hiking

Pastimes & Hobbies:

Tennis, windsurfing, skiing (water and snow), building stuff

Favorite Music, Songs, Bands

Classical Music, especially of the romantic period

Favorite Books, Magazines, Movies, TV etc:

History Economist Magazione

Lester 'Les''s Latest Interactions

Apr 09, 2020 at 10:02 AM

I've spent a lot of my life as a technology guy in Silicon Valley and have been involved with three startup companies. Success in that world involves a good idea, good management, money, and LUCK. My first startup had a good idea-computerized checkout at the grocery store. We didn't have the management or money and were too early. It died a quick, kind death. My second startup had a good technology for electrostatic printing and competed against Xerox. They had some invester's money but we could never catch up to Xerox technically. It died a long, slow death. While struggling to keep that company alive I did consulting work and got involved with the first floppy disks. As the printer company was dying, I and another employee saw the need to be able to copy information on floppy disks at high speed in many different formats. So we started a company to do that. We had the product ready to go just as the first IBM personal computer arrived and there was then a large demand for copying software on floppy disks. We were very lucky with our timing and the company we very successful.

Apr 09, 2020 at 9:45 AM