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The Tech Museum of Innovation and The San Jose Mercury News bring you The Revolutionaries: On Turning Inspiration into Innovation in Silicon Valley . This interview series explores the exciting, often surprising stories of Silicon Valley's innovation and inspiration- from the pioneers of Silicon Valley's key technological contributions, to today's iconoclastic visionaries that take that technology into the 21st century.

Once a week, from January to April 1997, Revolutionaries took a new look at the inspiration behind more than 18 of Silicon Valley's top technology and science pioneers - the innovators' early interests in science, guidance for young people excited by technology today, and thoughts on the future.

The Process

Fresh perspectives require new ways of doing interviews. In a unique partnership between museums and media, there are two reporters asking questions at each sitting. The San Jose Mercury News provides an experienced journalist to lead the discussion, and The Tech Museum sends one of tomorrow's innovators - a local student - to participate. Together, the two reporters ask questions from different, but complementary perspectives. Although the Mercury News writer leads the interview, the students develop their own questions based on research of the particular innovator, their field, and the interests of young people today.

The interviews are being simultaneously published in several different media:

In print, the interviews were published in the San Jose Mercury News. This series debuted in The Sunday Mercury News on January 12, 1997, and ran on the front page for 18 consecutive Sundays. Here you can also find out how to get the interview online.

A replica of the print interviews is also be available on-line at Mercury Center.

The Tech Museum of Innovation hosts interactive versions of these interviews. The Web version includes additional detail, not covered in the print version, and is enhanced with appropriate hyperlinks, multimedia components, online forums, additional color photography and educational games. A sidebar profile will also be done to recognize each student interviewer and school, who represent the innovators of the future.

More subjects may be added to the series in addition to the first 18, as time and resources permit. Don't miss out on the opportunity to encounter the great minds behind the technology changing our daily lives.

The Mercury News is solely responsible for the content of the interviews and photographs presented in this series.

Who's Who

The Tech Museum wishes to thank The San Jose Mercury News for its generous, spirited, and rewarding partnership for this educational project. Special thanks to Jay Harris, President and Publisher, and Jerry Ceppos, Senior V.P. and Executive Editor, for fostering and nurturing this project.

The Tech is deeply indebted to the San Jose Mercury News team that worked on the project, especially:

At The Tech:

Completing the production team were a group of Tech Volunteers, who generously donated their time to transcribe each of the 18 taped interviews. They are:
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