for the lost
Photo: Miles Harris
Text: Miro Barič
Many people have some kind of hobby. Supposedly our readers collect and build scale models of the airplanes, armor, or
ships. There are some who can afford to play with these subjects
in their actual size. One of those was Paul Allen, well known
co-founder of Microsoft.
ght art and as an avid sports fan several
sports clubs. His top hobby however was
the military hardware. His father, Kenneth
Sam Allen served in WWII. That’s why Paul
Allen was fascinated by this period of history since the early age. In 2004 he founded
the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum in Everett, Washington state. It became
Photo: Eric Friedebach
Paul Allen was born on January 21, 1953,
in Seattle, Washington. He met Bill Gates
at Lakeside, the private high school. Both
were interested in the computers, and both
were college dropouts. In 1975 they launched the computer company. It was Allen who
came up with its name, Micro-Soft. Later
the hyphen was dropped. The company was
extremely successful, they penetrated the
market with MS-DOS operating system
which ultimately became the top product in
the market. In 1982 however Allen was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma, a malign
lymphatic system disease. Thanks to the
radiotherapy and bone marrow transplantation he was cured but that also prompted
him to re-evaluate his life. The company
was no longer his priority and in 1983 he
resigned from its leadership. However, he
kept his shares which yielded him a wealth
valued at more than 20 billion dollars.
After he left Microsoft, he dedicated himself to his hobbies. Also, he invested in the
space and AI research but primarily bou-
home for many aircraft and tank veterans
of WWII. Many of them were operational.
However, all his previous activities were
overshadowed by the search for sunken
military shipwrecks at the bottom of the
oceans around the globe.
In 2003 Allen ordered the construction
of 127 meters long yacht named Octopus.
In 2008 he had her converted to the research vessel standards. She was equipped with two helicopter landing pads and
two submarines. One of them was remote
controlled and submerged significantly deeper. Allen lent the ship for several rescue
missions and research projects as well, for
Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum in Everett, Washington state.