After I left the power plant and went to work for Dell on August 20, 2001, I wrote letters back to my friends at the plant letting them know how things were going. This is the twenty first letter I wrote. Keep in mind that at the time when I originally penned this letter I didn’t intend on it being posted online.
01/25/02 – Michael at Dell
Dear Friends from up North,
I thought you guys would like to hear about my day.
Well. We had our meeting this morning with Michael Dell. He’s one of the richest people in the country. He’s 36 years old. When he showed up at our meeting he was wearing a tee shirt and jeans. He talked to us for about an hour and answered questions and told us what we were going to do to compete in our industry. It was pretty neat seeing this guy because he acts so normal.
A few weeks ago when I was walking over a few rows to another cubicle to talk to someone, I turned the corner to walk down the end of the cubicles, and I saw some guy walking by, so I said “Hi” to him. As we continued walking, I thought, “Boy, that guy sure looks like “Michael Dell”. So I turned and looked at him again (walking alongside me), and sure enough. He was just a regular Joe (or Mike) walking along just like anyone else. He was dressed casual just like me.
I thought. Hmmm. Should I ask him if he has ever heard of the most Omniscient (all-knowing) person on the planet Earth? (You know. The one that works at OG&E. The Equipment Support Supervisor at Sooner Plant). I decided not to. I thought one of the most wealthiest people on Earth would certainly know the most intelligent person, so then I thought. Maybe I should ask him if he has gotten any advise recently from the intelligent being aforementioned. (That means, that I just mentioned above). Then I thought. No. I probably wouldn’t be able to understand the advice, because it would be so intellectually superior to my brain that it would seem like pure gibberish. — At least that’s what usually happened in the past whenever I heard about said person’s Super Intelligent Ideas. So I just walked along down the rows of cubicles, and decided to mind my own business. I had already done the right thing by saying “Hi” to him before I realized who he was. So I left it at that.
Note to reader: The Power Plant Men all knew I was referring to our Maintenance Supervisor Jim Arnold. For more information about him check out this post, especially slide 20: Power Plant Final Presentation.
All in all we had a lot of fun talking about the other large PC companies and how they don’t have long with this world. Anyway. Dell’s revenue is now about 1/8 the size of Wal-Mart. And Wal-Mart is now the largest company in the world as far as revenue. That means that Dell is really raking it in.
I’ll talk to you later,
Your friend at Dell,
Kevin James Anthony Breazile
Kevin J. Breazile
Programmer Analyst II
Dell Computer Corporation