I met Intel co-founder Bob Noyce when I worked at Intel back in the early 80s. He had given up his full time management duties at Intel in 1975, but was often around advising others at the company for years afterward. He was a smoker back then and so was I, so one day I sat down with him at lunch in the smoking section in Santa Clara 6 and started yacking about computer and chip stuff. I can’t remember exactly what we were talking about, but whatever it was he found it interesting enough to tutor me one-on-one for about 30 minutes after everybody else had left the lunchroom. We sat there puffing away and getting into some serious computer nerd topics, and it felt like I had known him for years. In a way I had, because I had been working with Intel chips since 1975 myself, and he was responsible for many of them. I figured I could stay there and be as late as I wanted getting back to work since my excuse was I was having an important discussion with the main man! He was a nice guy who mentored many people in Silicon Valley, and was one of the true pioneers of the semiconductor business.
Apparently Steve Jobs had some similar experiences with Mr. Noyce: