[In 1974, the first "official"
Xerox Alto computer was completed.] I wrote many memos
to the Xerox planners trying to get them to make plans
that included personal computing as one of their main
directions. Nevertheless, in August of 1976, Xerox made
a fateful decision, not to bring the Alto III to market.
This was a huge blow to many of us even I, who
had never really thought of the Alto as anything but a
stepping stone to the "real thing."