Digging through the WT archives

July 23, 1987:

Commercialize technology, says tech transfer society

American business must focus on the transfer and commercialization of existing technology, not the creation of new technology, according to speakers and attendees at the Technology Transfer Society. American business also must stop blaming Japan and other foreign countries for its problems and start blaming itself.

Today, we blame Arthur Andersen, Enron, Merrill Lynch, stock options, irrational market exuberance and the dearth of new Tang-like products coming from the billions spent on ballistic missile defense.

July 24, 1997:

Gov. Ridge reaches for high-tech heartland

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge's plans to outsource the state's data centers, create a network to link the state's police, prison, court and probation databases and undertake numerous other technology projects to make Pennsylvania one of the top-ranked states for technology and innovation. Ridge wants to transform the state into what he called a "high-performance heartland."

Ridge, now homeland security director, is aiming to bring technical innovation to the war on terrorism. He told lawmakers June 20: "The new Department of Homeland Security gives this Congress an opportunity to design, for the first time, a new department equipped with the best technology available."

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