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Who Should Be in LR's Hall of Fame?

Phil Harvey
10/28/2010

Our first-ever Light Reading Hall of Fame inductees will be announced on Tuesday night, and we'd like to get your predictions in the hours leading up to the big event. The Light Reading Hall of Fame seeks to recognize individuals for their reputation and notoriety in the field of next-generation telecommunications.

Of course, this being Light Reading and this being 2010, fame has morphed into a different monster. So in keeping with the times, we're recognizing both famous and infamous individuals for, in some cases, their outstanding technical contributions and, in other cases, their remarkable lack of ethics and decency.

Have a look at the survey below and ask yourself: Which five individuals have changed the face of the next-gen communications industry? Don't ask yourself out loud, though. That would be weird.

— Phil Harvey, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

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DCITDave
DCITDave
12/5/2012 | 4:20:08 PM
re: Who Should Be in LR's Hall of Fame?


Those are some great suggestions. I think we've explained our rationale for taking the good with the bad.


For our first HoF inductees, we thought they should be folks how changed the industry, full stop. Doug Green is awesome. But he's no Donald Keck.


We're not honoring criminals, by the way. Our HoF is an institutional effort that ensures that at least once a year we will remind our audience what these folks did -- for good or ill.


Seems more reasonable to have it our way than to have some sham like the Major League Baseball HoF, which professes purity, but glorifies cheaters.


Oh boy. I just said baseball. Hi Craig. Hi Carol. Welcome to the message board.


ph

DCITDave
DCITDave
12/5/2012 | 4:20:08 PM
re: Who Should Be in LR's Hall of Fame?


Seems a bit of an odd man out, right?

spc_markl
spc_markl
12/5/2012 | 4:20:08 PM
re: Who Should Be in LR's Hall of Fame?


Criminals that robbed lots of money from innocent shareholders should not be on the list


Corvis and Clearwire? -- you have to be kidding


What about Doug Green -- the guy with the Midas touch


-- Paul Green -- optical technology legend


-- Victor Mizrahi, engineering brains behind Ciena's DWDM


-- Michael Birck, Tellabs, pretty much owned the SONET cross-connect market


-- Mark Smith, Adtran, company that has been consistently successful in building lower-cost mousetraps


-- Carl Russo, brilliantly negotiated for $7B for a company with a low-cost SONET box and a relatively small installed base


I am sure there are lots of others -- these are ones off the top of my head


Mark Lutkowitz, Principal

spc_markl
spc_markl
12/5/2012 | 4:20:07 PM
re: Who Should Be in LR's Hall of Fame?


Craig,


I really don't have a favorite, but I will grant you that Huber was infamous.  Fortunately, Ciena did not go in his direction -- as he wanted to prove.  His technology was way ahead of its time and he refused to ackowledge it until it was too late.


Mark


 

Pete Baldwin
Pete Baldwin
12/5/2012 | 4:20:07 PM
re: Who Should Be in LR's Hall of Fame?


Mark -- I can sympathize with your choices but I'm not sure they're strong enough on the "fame" part of HoF.


Huber does belong on the shortlist IMHO.  He was quite a character of the optical bubble, a representative of LR's early days. Right or wrong, Corvis is the name that springs to mind first when I think back on the weirdness that surrounded the optical sector.


IIRC, I spoke up for Carl Russo, early in our voting process.  Could try it again in 2011.  We'll see. Maybe he's our Dave Concepcion.


Our hall of fame will include the infamous, as I think we said over the summer, so the less savory types have been in the running all along. Who's your favorite?

paolo.franzoi
paolo.franzoi
12/5/2012 | 4:20:07 PM
re: Who Should Be in LR's Hall of Fame?


 


If you want a nomination - how about Don Green....the founder of Telecom Valley + DTS + Optilink + AFC + the root of Cerent + Calix + Cyan + Turin + + + need I say more?


seven


Also, those Ericsson ads on these pages are the world's most annoying things.  All you have to do is make a mistake with your mouse and poof stupid video on your screen.


 

DCITDave
DCITDave
12/5/2012 | 4:20:07 PM
re: Who Should Be in LR's Hall of Fame?


Don Green is a solid pick. But take the poll anyway, I'd love your thoughts on the limited buffet we've put out there.


Ericsson ads -- I'll pass that along to our sales department. They might hear annoying and think you mean effective. :)

jggveth
jggveth
12/5/2012 | 4:20:06 PM
re: Who Should Be in LR's Hall of Fame?


I nominate brookseven for outstanding contributions to message boards

kaps
kaps
12/5/2012 | 4:20:06 PM
re: Who Should Be in LR's Hall of Fame?


It's not a true HOF if it doesn't have "Big Ed" Whitacre, king of the telco rollup and the man who helped put Ma Bell back together, for better or worse. Plus he gave us "not on my pipes," which is still the single seminal opinion in the net neutrality debate.

kaps
kaps
12/5/2012 | 4:20:06 PM
re: Who Should Be in LR's Hall of Fame?


It's not a true HOF if it doesn't have "Big Ed" Whitacre, king of the telco rollup and the man who helped put Ma Bell back together, for better or worse. Plus he gave us "not on my pipes," which is still the single seminal opinion in the net neutrality debate.

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