WilliamShockley's Hitch HikerI
lived most of my life in Detroit, a city stunted and scarred by ethnic
conflict, yet a creative community with a unique vibrant culture
enriched by its African-American population. I had a
lot of trouble
with the choice of Shockley because of his later racism.
But in the end, realizing nobody’s perfect, I found a way to portray
him that included him as a founder and expressed my ambivalence.
We should celebrate strengths. I'm happy with the Shockley
Hitch Hiker. He's celebrated for his contribution to our brave
new world, but, in the end, he's an old man, out of fashion,
sitting down, encumbered by his baggage, his faced turned, looking the
wrong way down the road at the past.
"Valley of the Hearts Delight" was what the area was called before it became "Silicon Valley."
jim@jpallas for high rez images
Where's Shockley now?