For many years I was fortunate to be the photographer the Computer History Museum chose to hire for many of their events, including the annual Fellow Awards. I remember John Markoff from many of those events and I had the opportunity to photograph him both as part of the crowd and part of the event. I always enjoyed his graciousness, good nature and infectious smile, even if he once told me that a good picture couldn't be taken of him. I disagreed than and still do. While I have never interacted with John outside of those few times at the CHM, since the first time I met him I always stopped and read his articles whenever I came across them and on many occasions sought out his articles for the best Silicon Valley reporting available.
Backchannel.com reported that John will now be the writer in residence at the Simons Institute of the Theory of Computing and the University of California at Berkeley. I would like to wish him the best of luck and I hope to read much more from him in the future.
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