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30 SMT Magazine • December 2016 In the beginning, there was through-hole technology (pin-in-hole). Then, someone said, "let there be SMT," and the earth and firma- ment creaked and groaned as Atlas shrugged. In 1980, Washington's Mount St. Helens erupted—an ominous harbinger prior to the mass arrival of the new technology, sort of like the kid's swinging banjo from atop the bridge in the beginning of the film, Deliverance—the two canoes passing under: "Stop, stop. Go back, go back." But, no! Man (I mean, mankind; I wear my PC badge with pride) will take on and conquer nature. And, we all know how that turned out: "Aintry? This river don't go to Aintry." It was as if the volcano cried out in nature's language, "Stop, stop!" as it belched and spewed a profusion of greenhouse gases. The dark fore- boding this event created was an omen for more cataclysmic events to come. Seven years after Mt. St. Helens erupted, there was an earth- quake in Whittier, California, near Los Angeles. Two years later, in 1989, the Loma Prieta temblor struck the San Francisco Bay area, the epicenter near, you guessed it, the SMT epicen- ter of San Jose. The World Series at Candlestick Park was interrupted as Mother Nature contin- ued her protest. Say it ain't so, Joe—as the earth rebuked man's (I mean, humanity's—I'm a sen- sitive guy, you know) attempt to make things smaller yet. The Tower of Babel, you say – just child's play. "Pride proceedeth the fall," you warn. Ha! We laugh at your scorn. It's futile to try, so jump on our bus because as you can see there is nothing that will stop us! "Smaller, Smaller," I say, as Moore (Gordon, not Clement) became our patron saint. Those of us that were there at the creation asked, "This is good?" But, it was. We went to sleep and when we awoke all was right with the world. Why, with- out it there would be no Pokemon GO, no por- table social media, no ability to tell you in real time what I just had for lunch. Probably more significant are the medical breakthroughs in monitoring and pharmaceu- tical delivery systems, endoscopic operating procedures, wearable electronics, "ingestible" electronics—nanobots in our bloodstream, and by Tom Borkes THE JEFFERSON PROJECT A New Organizational Model Using Logic, Cost Effectiveness and Customer Service JUMPING OFF THE BANDWAGON

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