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London: Foyles
Seattle: The Elliott Bay Book Company
Seattle: University Book Store
Portland: Powell’s City of Books

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Paul Allen and the Seahawks win Super Bowl 48

Paul Allen’s Seahawks win first Superbowl.
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It all started on a snowy day in December 1974, when he was twenty-one years old. After buying the new issue of Popular Electronics in Harvard Square, Allen ran to show it to his best friend from Seattle, Bill Gates, then a Harvard undergrad. The magazine's cover story featured the Altair 8800, the first true personal computer; Allen knew that he and Gates had the skills to code a programming language for it. When Gates agreed to collaborate on BASIC for the Altair, one of the most influential partnerships of the digital era was up and running.

While much has been written about Microsoft's early years, Allen has never before told the story from his point of view. Nor has he previously talked about the details of his complex relationship with Gates or his behind-closed-doors perspective on how a struggling start-up became the most powerful technology company in the world. Idea Man is the candid and long-awaited memoir of an intensely private person, a tale of triumphant highs and terrifying lows.

After becoming seriously ill with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1982, Allen began scaling back his involvement with Microsoft. He recovered and started using his fortune—and his ideas—for a life of adventure and discovery, from the first privately funded spacecraft (SpaceShipOne) to a landmark breakthrough in neuroscience (the Allen Brain Atlas).

More recently, after fighting back another bout with lymphoma, this time non-Hodgkin's, Allen decided it was time to write his memoirs.

Idea Man is an astonishing true story of ideas made real.
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A teenaged Paul in 1970 with one of his earliest guitars. Paul's first Microsoft business card from the Albuquerque days. In 1999, Paul was lucky enough to jam with Mick Jagger at his birthday party. Seattle Seahawks win Superbowl.

Memorial funds in honor of Faye Allen
Both the Seattle Public Library and the Western and Central Washington State Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association have set up memorial funds in Mrs. Allen's name. The Allen family has suggested any donations be directed to one of these organizations.

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