Did the non-Unix people also pull pranks like the
Every year when our director, Arun Netravali of center 1135, went on
Scott Knauer, a department head, would pull some kind of stunt. One year he
covered the carpeting in Arun's office with green astroturf, so it looked
half of a tennis court. Another year, he recruited many of us to blow up
which he collected in Arun's office by aiming a huge fan in that direction,
while we pitched inflated balloons into the corridor. Scott, being Scott,
topped off the balloons by lifting the ceiling tiles near the office door.
walking into Building 3 on the day Arun was scheduled to return and seeing
balloons struggling to escape from every open window of his office.
Building 3 lacked the large stairwells like the one that housed the Peter
made of magnets. But Scott compensated by projecting Arun's image along
a long corridor, and covering it with magnets, so Arun's face was visible on
a sidewall as you approached the end of the corridor.
I found the playful attitude at the Labs in general as an indicator of
thinking that a research organization thrives on.