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    $1,000 & an Idea

    A new book about how one man took on the AT&T monopoly to build a highway for computers. Later he and his brother sold their Sterling Software and Sterling Commerce businesses for $8 billion (yes, billion).

    That man - Sam Wyly, a LA Tech graduate.

    Of course I had heard of Charles and Sam Wyly but after seeing the ad for Sam's new book in the WSJ I googled them - it is amazing all they have achieved.

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    Re: $1,000 & an Idea

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    Re: $1,000 & an Idea

    Quote Originally Posted by glm47 View Post
    A new book about how one man took on the AT&T monopoly to build a highway for computers. Later he and his brother sold their Sterling Software and Sterling Commerce businesses for $8 billion (yes, billion).

    That man - Sam Wyly, a LA Tech graduate.

    Of course I had heard of Charles and Sam Wyly but after seeing the ad for Sam's new book in the WSJ I googled them - it is amazing all they have achieved.
    They started in Dallas with University Computing and the rest was history. Sam is quite a maverick stirring up boards of companies he buys into. Charles, an old Tech football player, is quite the philantropist.

    They have been mighty good to Tech, but I sure wish they had the T. Boone Pickens bug and remodel our stadium like T. Boone did for OSU.

    Not bad for a couple of Delhi kids!!

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    Re: $1,000 & an Idea

    Man, if I had 8 bil sitting in my pocket I would donate about two of those billion to Tech to establish a huge athletic endowment, and then another 500 million or so and build the most ridiculously badass 45000 seat stadium on the planet.

    I mean, what can you buy with 8 billion that you can't buy with 5? I don't think I'd ever even miss the 3 or so I gave to Tech.

    Of course, it is always easy to spend imaginary money, and easier still to spend other people's money!
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    Re: $1,000 & an Idea

    The new performing arts center in downtown Dallas will bear the name of Charles and Dee Wyly. Philantropy indeed! I'm sure a nice amount of money was donated to get that honor. The building is designed by one of the best architects in the world. It's going up right next to the new opera house. Here is a link:

    http://www.dallasperformingarts.org/...lytheatre.aspx

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    Re: $1,000 & an Idea

    Quote Originally Posted by Amos Moses View Post
    They have been mighty good to Tech, but I sure wish they had the T. Boone Pickens bug and remodel our stadium like T. Boone did for OSU.!
    Ain't that the truth! Relatively speaking, they could have a bigger impact on Tech sports than Pickens did at OSU and for less money.

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