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100 I-CONNECT007 I REAL TIME WITH... IPC APEX EXPO 2020 SHOW & TELL MAGAZINE by Pete Starkey I-CONNECT007 "The Evolution of Happy-ness" was the leg- end on the posters and flyers, which showed five successive images of the guest of honour from a small child in 1948 to a young boy, hand- some young man, to the figure now familiar to the global printed circuit industry—Happy Holden, "Father of HDI," acclaimed industry expert, prolific author, and contributing techni- cal editor with I-Connect007. Always extremely generous in sharing his vast knowledge and experience, Happy Holden, the principal guest of honour, held the audience enthralled with fascinating stories, shrewd observations, and knowledgeable predictions, interlaced with reminiscences of milestones in the progress of electronics technology. It was Monday evening at the start of the 20 th anniversary IPC APEX EXPO. The Regal Ballroom at the Horton Hotel in downtown San Diego had been transformed by the I-Con- nect007 team into a deluxe lecture theatre, complete with rostrum, lectern, big-screen video projectors, and stereo sound system. Long tables with white tablecloths, comfy chairs, an open bar, and an elegant buffet com- pleted the set-up. Subtle lighting and classical- style guitar music from Brent Feinberg created a wonderful ambience during the social hour. The room was soon bustling with activity as an invited crowd of industry dignitaries, lumi- naries, and celebrities, together with a group of young professionals from the IPC Emerg- ing Engineer Program gathered, networked, and enjoyed the refreshments. It must also be noted that there were five IPC Hall of Fame Pure 'Happy-ness': An Evening With Happy Holden

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