bf sv nation top stories of 2012 SAN FRANCISCO -- I can safely say I have been the luckiest bugger on
earth for most of my life, and 2012 was no exception.
How else to explain my then-boss's lapse in judgement to let me
drive a car around the country for a year interviewing engineers?
Top that off with a request to tag along on a really cool Littelfuse
project that involved a lot of engineers and race cars.
For me, both of those projects, Drive for Innovation
carved out in relief the nimble human minds, good humor and
engineering brilliance behind the relentless technological progress
we make every day. And it's everywhere in Silicon Valley Nation.
So, herewith, are five favorite stories from the road, in no
When we began planning the DFI road trip in early 2011, I was
determined to try to get to the top of Pikes Peak in the Chevy Volt.
In the spring of 2012, we'd already crossed over Donner Pass (7,000
feet) on the way to Denver. So we figured Pikes Peak, no problem!
We called my old colleague and electronics publishing legend Loring
Wirbel, who lives in Colorado Springs, and demanded that he ride
along. He's an easy mark. It turned out to be his birthday, so the
night before we secured a growler of IPA from Rock Bottom Brewery,
found a cheap cooler and packed it with ice and the beer and
secreted it in the back of Volt.