Pease’s Last Words

It’s been a rough couple of weeks for chip designers.

First, analog guru Jim Williams died of a stroke on June 9. Then fellow guru/author Bob Pease, known for his folksy “Pease Porridge” columns died in a one-car accident — possibly due to a heart attack — while leaving Williams’ funeral.

Given the disaster in Japan and the loss of these two legends (not to mention reliability guru Werner Engelmaier), 2011 is shaping up as a sad year.

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Mike Buetow is president of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association ( He previously was editor-in-chief of Circuits Assembly magazine, the leading publication for electronics manufacturing, and PCD&F, the leading publication for printed circuit design and fabrication. He spent 21 years as vice president and editorial director of UP Media Group, for which he oversaw all editorial and production aspects. He has more than 30 years' experience in the electronics industry, including six years at IPC, an electronics trade association, at which he was a technical projects manager and communications director. He has also held editorial positions at SMT Magazine, community newspapers and in book publishing. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois. Follow Mike on Twitter: @mikebuetow