Bill Gates Sr.

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0 Is Bill Gates getting lovable?

This picture from July 1959 shows Mary (Maxwell) Gates and her 3 1/2-year-old son, Bill, in a picture that first appeared on the pages of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.MOHAI, Seattle PI I had to laugh when Jake Ellison, a friend and colleague who (again) works for SeattlePI.com, called to ask me…

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0 The wisdom of educating Rwandan women

I’ve written a lot on Humanosphere about how young people, aka the Millennials, are especially interested these days in trying to make the world a better place. It is definitely a phenomenon. Last night, at a small gathering in a Queen Anne home, I met some young women from Rwanda…

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0 Gates Foundation’s new digs soon to officially open

The Seattle Times, and reporter Kristi Heim, on Sunday published a big spread on the new headquarters of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation set to officially open in early June. As is often the case in restaurants, where the appetizers are better than the main entrees, I think the…

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2 Admitting Failure, excellent idea

One of the hardest things for any organization working in development — or, well, anyone doing anything — is to readily acknowledge failure. So some Canadian engineers want to make it easier. For example, Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, got media attention Monday for sort of…

World Politics
2 How did you celebrate UN Day?

No, not the un-day. That would be called night. I’m talking about United Nations Day. Gates Sr. and a fan, Mehrit TeshomeTom Paulson The UN turned 65 yesterday and if you’d have been paying attention you could have had dinner with Bill Gates Sr., travel writer Rick Steves, Kay Bullitt…