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In Memoriam – Michael Slater 11/15/55 – 6/19/16

Posted 23 October 2017

Michael’s Memorial

Michael’s memorial service was held on August 21, 2016 at the Glaser Center in Santa Rosa. Michael’s wife, Irene Stratton, shares the video here in two parts:

Memorial Program

A PDF of the program can be viewed or downloaded here.

Transcript of Irene’s memorial talk during the service (PDF)

Transcript of Patti Stratton Jordan’s memorial talk during the service (PDF)

Michael’s life story as shared by Richard Mains during the service (PDF)

PostScript from Irene

In response to some expressions of concern for me, here is a bit about life after Michael.  Although it has been devastating to lose my beloved, and the grief process is ongoing, I want to reassure people that I’ll be OK.  We shared so much, but I have always had parts of my life that were separate from our couple-ness.  Singing in the choir, spending time with my wonderful friends, keeping involved with our kids’ lives, and pursuing interests that Michael didn’t share have now become the center of my life, instead of just part of it.  The gifts of music, nature, friends, and family nurture me and uplift me.  I’m not there yet, but I believe that eventually all of these will allow me to fully embrace this new phase of my life.


Michael’s obituary, written by Irene, can be viewed or downloaded here. (PDF)

Tributes In Industry Publications

A memorial written by Linley Gwennap in Microprocessor Report, which Michael founded. (PDF)

EE Journal article by Jim Turley (PDF)

EE Times article by Rick Merritt (PDF)

Computer History Museum, Mountain View, CA
Oral History Project, May 16, 2016


Interview Transcript

Presentations by Michael

Published on Apr 19, 2012 by Webvanta

Michael Slater, CEO of Webvanta (, gives a five-minute whirlwind history of computer technology

Talk for the Analy High School AP Computer Science Class

Comments from Friends and Colleagues

Search Facebook for Michael Slater, Sebastopol for many comments

Check out Michael’s Blog for April 4th, where you can hear Michael and friend Mark reminisce and hear his delightful laugh.

From Brian Berg:

Michael Slater: An Untold Story

Much of Michael’s newsletter inspiration, and many of his earliest writers, came from the Asilomar Microcomputer Workshop (AMW). I rode down to my first AMW with Michael and another friend in 1987, and I remember him talking about a newsletter he was planning to start later that year.  The rest is history. I am so very pleased that David Laws and others at the Computer History Museum (CHM) created an Oral History of Michael.  Anyone with a love of history should check out the rich archives of Oral Histories on the CHM website. May Michael’s name be remembered!

From Deena Monchick in response to obituary:

Our world is a better place because of Michael. From his innovative work that touched countless people to his impact on individuals he personally inspired. He & Irene were my first mentors. He taught me as much as I could consume, inspired a fascination w/ technology & helped me become the person I am today. Thank you, Michael. I will forever be grateful for you and your life.

From Nancy Pressel Alpert (comment on PT post):

Don and I have you in our thoughts and prayers. You are a blessing to many people. It has been hard reading your blog. Sometimes I think the most important thing we can do with our lives is to share our pain to help others. This is exactly what you are doing through this blog. You have taken something so raw and turned it into something beautiful. Thank you.
Sending lots of love, Nancy

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