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      Dear Ken,
      it’s been a while since I last logged in on your site. I was glad to see improvements and more info, thank you for keeping the memory of old Sierra alive.
      I read with interest your greetings note: I cannot agree more with you. Sierra History is indeed melted with computer history in an unique way. If in your shoes, I would feel overwhelmed by such a daunting task of writing a book which may be able to render the interconnection between the two. This interconnection is probabily that “special feeling” that unites the memories of all us Sierra fans, we “lived” that evolution, not “read” it !
      I still believe though that if you one day will give it a try and succeed, so much will be in that book to render it something to treasure. We’ll see.
      To conclude, last summer I passed by Oakhurst and Coarsegold, but I was sad not to be able to detect the Sierra locations, sic… never mind, Sierra still lives in my memories and it’s a good feeling to know that this is shared by other people in the world. You and Roberta must be proud of this.

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      (re: Sierra Site and History) Roberta and I were in Oakhurst for Thanksgiving. It was a quick trip, so we didn’t get to see anyone except Roberta’s parents.
      We hadn’t been there for 10 years, and were curious to see what had changed. Not much. The Sierra buildings are still there – the brown building on the left as you come into town, that is now a medical building, is still there. That building was built for us. When subleased a bunch of it when we hit our trouble times around 1983. When we started growing again, we had to move elsewhere – and built a huge warehouse looking building, that is now Sierra Telephone, a few blocks from the center of town. The Talking Bear was even still there.
      We noticed at breakfast (at the Kettle) that our waitress was the same as we had our last meal there. We were VERY homesick. It was a great place to live.
      There is a hotel in the town; the Chateau Du Sureau, which we still own part of. It’s expensive, but if you’re ever in Oakhurst (near Yosemite), check it out. There isn’t a finer small hotel anywhere.
      Thank you!
      Ken Williams

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      Ciao Ken,
      I saw only now your reply. Well, we were in fact going to Yosemite (great place indeed) and I got a picture with the… guess what… Sierra logo over my head !
      Well, apart from yokes, I can understand you feel homesick sometimes, the area has a wonderful nature all around.
      We did not see the hotel, and we went to sleep on the other side of Yosemite, but I was tempted to stop and inquire a few people at random about Sierra, if / how they remember it…

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      Half Dome is one of the most beautiful sites on Earth.

      I used to get lost in National Parks a kid all of the time.

      The only thing I remember of Fresno is a drive-in movie theater near I-40.

      The only thing I remember of Oakhurst is a Subway where I once ordered a sandwich.

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