Silicon Valley Turns Fifty

David A. Laws
Jan 11 · 8 min read

By David Laws

“What’s in a name?” — Romeo & Juliet, William Shakespeare

First use of the name in print. Electronic News, January 11, 1971 page 1.

Fifty years ago, long before the advent of Facebook, Google, or the later reincarnation of Apple, a front-page article in the tech-industry’s leading newspaper, Electronic News, introduced a new nickname for a cluster of sleepy agricultural communities near San Jose, California. [1]…