CANCELLED!/Harvard's Role in the Saga of the Olivetti Co., Creator of the World's First Desktop Computer

Meryle Secrest, distinguished journalist and biographer, will share her talk, "Harvard to the Rescue!"



Meryle Secrest is the author of a new book, "The Mysterious Affair at Olivetti," subtitle "IBM, the CIA and the Cold War Conspiracy to Shut Down Production of the World's First Desktop Computer." She set out to discover why Olivetti, the famous Italian typewriter company, and by all accounts the world's first commercially successful desktop computer, was shut down at the height of its fame. A major Harvard Business School study provided important clues to the motives behind some bizarre events and two tragic deaths.

Meryle Secrest was born and educated in Bath, England. She worked for newspapers in Canada and the UK, and became an editor and feature writer for the Washington Post before switching to biographical work. In the past 40+ years, she has written many studies of the famous, including Frank Lloyd Wright, Bernard Berenson, Kenneth Clark, Modigliani, and Stephen Sondheim. She is the recipient of many grants and awards, including a medal from President Bush at the White House in 2006.

Date:        November 19, 2019

Time:       6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Location:  Hogan Lovells, 555 13th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

Fee:          $45 for Harvard Club Members and their guests; $65 for non-members