Symbolics dead again?
Fri, 06 Mar 1998 15:12:08 -0600
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> From: email@example.com (Kragen)
> Date: Fri, 6 Mar 1998 15:26:42 -0500 (EST)
> I heard a rumor from someone at a company that uses a lot of Symbolics
> equipment that Symbolics is bankrupt again. He says they bought a bit
> of equipment from them during their brief revival, but now they're not
> even answering their phones when called for support.
> But the web site is still up.
> What's going on? I hope Symbolics is still alive.
Got this in the mail a few days ago:
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Date: Tue, 3 Mar 1998 15:09:43 -0500
From: "David K. Schmidt" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Status of Symbolics
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In January Symbolics laid off the last 3 employees. After 10 years with
Symbolics and two unsuccessful attempts to buy the assets, I am off to
other, yet to be determined, endeavors. My last year and a half as
President, CEO, CFO, Director of Sales and East Coast Customer Service
Engineer was without a doubt the most interesting. I want to thank all
those loyal Symbolics customers who helped keep the company going well pa=
its perdicted demise. =
In anticipation of a number of questions that people might have, I am
providing the following information.
The person or persons who made the successful offer to buy the Symbolics
assets are using a Boston law firm, Ropes and Gray (617-951-7000), to
handle the purchase. I have heard rumors that Andrew Topping is involve=
in the deal, but I have no information about him. I do not know what the=
plans are and do not know whether they will offer hardware and/or softwa=
The Symbolics phone numbers in Chatsworth, CA are still in operation, but=
no one is answering the phone and I am not sure whether anyone is checkin=
Princeton Capital Finance Co. (PrinCap), the current owner of the Symboli=
assets, told me they were shutting down their operation on Friday, 2/27. =
Their phone number (609-275-7100) is supposed to remain in service as a
voice mail box. I was told that Steve Gander had been tasked by ABN-AMRO=
Bank to hold Symbolics together until the purchase is closed. His curren=
E-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org, but that will change after th=
turn off the PrinCap computers in a month or so. The only mailing addres=
left for Symbolics is P.O. Box 389, Princeton Junction, NJ 80530
Ron Drake is the representative of ABN-AMRO Bank who is supervising the
shutdown of PrinCap. He appears to have significant influence over what
happens to the Symbolics assets and is directing Steve Gander on what he =
allowed to do for Symbolics maintenance customers. His number is
212-891-0621. This is the only number for the current owners where you
will get a live person at the other end of the phone.
Before I left, the second release of Open Genera for DEC Alpha workstatio=
was ready to go out for CD duplication. Genera 8.5 for Ivory workstation=
was close to completion, but had a few bugs left to work out. I do not
know what the future of these two products will be.
For those people with hardware problems while Symbolics is in a state of
limbo, I will be happy to try to assist you in any way I can. If you need=
help or have other questions, please feel free to contact me by E-mail at=
email@example.com or by phone at 703-455-0430.
DAVID K. SCHMIDT
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