Engineer and entrepreneur George Comstock begins the interview by discussing his early years, including the influence of his childhood friend Al Howell on his decision to pursue mechanical engineering as a profession. Comstock worked for a number of companies once graduating from WPI in 1945, beginning at Grumman Aircraft. His first company was Diablo Systems, founded in 1969, which manufactured hard disk drives for minicomputers. A few years later, he and his colleague Dr Andrew Gabor co-developed the daisywheel print element in which alphabetic characters are arranged circumferentially around a print wheel. The result was a new market for printers that offered better print quality than competing systems. Diablo was eventually sold to Xerox. Comstock worked at Xerox for a few years then left to form a new company company, Durango Systems. Their product failed in the marketplace because of less expensive competitive machines. Finally, he discusses his work at networking start-up Network General and his current interests and hobbies.
Comstock, George; WPI (Worcester Polytechnic Institute); Grumman Aircraft; Norton Company; Potter Instrument Company; Potter Model 905 Tape Handler; Gabor, Andrew; Friden 130 Electronic Calculator; Flexowriter; Computyper; Singer System 10; Diablo Systems Inc.; Diablo 630 daisywheel printer; Itel Corporation; Durango Systems; Durango F85