Down to the Wire

The buyers were at the airport waiting for an answer; would we accept their bid to purchase Future Domain Corporation? The issue at this point was not the price, which had been agreed to weeks ago. My wife Patty, the CFO, and our Lawyers discovered that the buyers Lawyers had made last minute changes to the purchase documents without informing us. That very morning we received a contract from IBM that could be worth more than $30 million. Events were moving fast. The merger hung in the balance. If I went through with it, I would have accomplished a lifelong goal, if not then all bets were off. I would use all my life experience to make this decision, a lifetime that spanned 42 1/2 years at this point, July 14, 1995.