Monthly Archives: May 2010


People in the service sacrifice their time, youth, earning power, comfort and individuality. Many — far too many — have sacrificed their lives for us. For each of us. That’s huge. I am thankful.    … Continue reading

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The ATM guy

We read of the passing of John Shepherd-Barron, the guy who invented the ATM. Shepherd-Barron thought he should have access to his own cash any time, so he built a machine to do just that. The device was activated by… Continue reading

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Harvey Milk Day

In June, we celebrate Pride. There are events across the map throughout the summer. The Wells Fargo stagecoach will appear at many of these events. Here in California, we get an early start with Harvey Milk Day, celebrated this past… Continue reading

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Heaviest of metals

Ronnie James Dio passed away last week, and Rock lost a HUGE voice. You may be a little disturbed that I have two obituaries in the space of a week, but (1) historic milestones help us understand where we’ve been;… Continue reading

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15 years online!

As the Executive Vice President and Head of the Internet Services Group (ISG) for Wells Fargo, Jim Smith’s been involved with our Internet initiatives since 1994. Over that time, he’s seen our online presence grow from the first banking web… Continue reading

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William Leidesdorff

A part time interpreter at the Wells Fargo History Museum in Old Sacramento, Zara Carter is a full time mom to 3 perfect children. One of her passions is telling Wells Fargo’s history to eager school children. She put this… Continue reading

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Lena Horne

I heard this morning that Lena Horne passed away this weekend. She was 92. Lena Horne was cool, always was. When I was a kid, I’d see her on the Grammys or Merv Griffin after school. On “Sanford and Son”… Continue reading

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The end of one era and continuation of another

Several of my past articles have focused on firsts: the first national bank in California, the first national bank on the West Coast, and so on. Today we’re recognizing the historic change that took place behind the scenes to our… Continue reading

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Cinco de Mayo en San Diego

The highlight in Old Town San Diego every year, at least in terms of visitors and stagecoach rides, is the yearly Cinco de Mayo celebration. Over the years — and this year marked the 19th year I have participated in… Continue reading

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A busy May

May is a busy month. You got: Asian Pacific Heritage Month Cinco de Mayo Jewish-American Heritage Month National Older Americans Month Women’s Health Month And Memorial Day at the end of the month, celebrating our Veterans. This is a month… Continue reading

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