When I worked at NSC, I remember walking with Bob Pease in the parking lot, asking him why he still drove that old beetle, it was not safe, no air bag. YOU WONT BELIEVE IT! I then asked him what if he hit a tree? His reply "I don't plan to". He shut me up fast. I wish he did have a modern car, even if it was a beetle. It could have saved his life since he was not wearing a seat belt (cause 1969 cars did not have them). I also remember seeing his "cubicle" and laughed at how he had "plots" of chip layouts, all over, and sat on them making an impression of his body on them. It was so funny to see. Lots of patent plaques all over. There was this story of him throwing a computer off the roof of Bldg C. Computers don't compute, he hated SPICE for some reason. He will be missed. I think he was a mad scientist! I loved him. - RAJAT SEWAL
What a tragedy. I only met Bob once, at a conference in the 90s where he was the featured speaker. Bob had a special talent for being informative and humorous at the same time.
He graciously signed my copy of of his book Troubleshooting Analog Circuits, and added some words of wisdom that always gave me a chuckle when I opened that book.
RIP Bob, you will be greatly missed.
I had the great pleasure of meeting Jim Williams (and Bob Dobkin) when they visited my employer (a large automotive company) back in the 80s.
Also, a NSC field sales person had (phone) introduced me to Bob Pease and we had communicated a bit - he shared his 'dead car' list with me. He and I were to meet, but... . ....
Bob, It is just like yesterday night you were chatting with me in NS's Building C...
Jim, you are one of the nice fine gentleman.
Here I thank and appreciate for both of your helping me to grow in my junior years.
RIP. you both have done a great job leading us in the Analog World.
This is an unbelievable tragedy.
I am an Aussie engineer in Melbourne and was planning to meet both Bob and Jim in mid-July.
Bob and I were in regular email correspondence.
He was generous and good-humoured in his advice
and I am most upset at both these two tragedies
in such close succession.