Dearest, sweetest IBM,
You are one hundred years old today. I can hardly believe how time flies – it seems like only yesterday I was watching you put together your first meat scales and factory time clocks.
Remember that funny name we called you? Computing Tabulating Recording Corporation. Oh, and your boyhood friend, Thomas J. Watson Sr. – he was a card!
You have come a long way since then. Building your first personal computer – what an achievement. I may have been the world’s first national broadcasting organisation but I’ve never managed to put together a mainframe quite like you. We all knew you were special.
It’s why we all called you Big Blue. We remember when you grew up and gave yourself that distinct “IBM” logo, all in that lovely cerulean, the very same colour as the knitted cardigan I made for you in 1947.
I find it so difficult to summarise your journey to being the fine, strong role model you are today.
Why, just this year, you went on that games show – Jeopardy – and at your age! Imagine.
Anyway, I’m so proud of you.
Happy 100th birthday, IBM.
Love and kisses,
*EyeSee Auntie’s getting a little bit long in the tooth and her memory isn’t quite what it used to be. She’s still sharp at times but the smaller details slip – IBM’s 100th birthday will be on the 16th of June, 2011. Happy birthday for then, IBM!