Top 10 Things that happened 40 Years Ago


10) On April Fools’ Day 1976, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak founded Apple Computer.

09) Sylvester Stallone became famous as the eponymous Rocky, a boxer working as a debt-collector for a loan shark in Philly. The film took home 3 Oscars.

08) The Muppet Show officially premiered in the United States as a syndicated show in September 1976.

07) Cray Research installed its first supercomputer at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The computer cost $8.8 million and weighed 11,500 pounds.

06) Early in 1976, Red Dye No. 2, also called amaranth, was banned by the FDS, resulting in the loss of red M&M’s.

05) Toronto’s CN Tower had its grand opening on October 1. It was the world’s tallest tower at the time, and also the world’s tallest free-standing structure.

04) On July 11 Keuffel & Esser, manufactured its last slide rule, which accounts for why most people under age 40 today don’t even know what a slide rule is.

03) On July 20, Viking 1 became the first American spacecraft to land on Mars.

02) We celebrated our Nation’s Bi-Centennial complete with the bicentennial quarter


… And the NUMBER ONE thing that happened 40 years ago – to the date –  was Michael Griffin’s very first day at AH Harris!


Please join us in Congratulating our very own Michael Griffin on 40 years of Harris Pride!

Michael Griffin, Regional Vice President (Northern New England):

Michael Griffin began his career with A.H. Harris, in the fall of 1976, as the first satellite branch manager; located in his hometown of Portsmouth NH. This successful business model would eventually be adopted throughout the Harris footprint, in the Northeast. This satellite branch business model would lead to great success by placing inventories into key markets, to further penetrate local contractor needs. Griffin, studied at the University of New Hampshire, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Management, in 1975, studying biology, forestry, zoology, and geology. While earning his degree, he worked on the I-95 Highway expansion and construction of the Piscataqua River Bridge. Griffin’s leadership was an instrumental component of the successes during the massive BIG DIG project in Boston, during the late 1990’s by implementing strategic vendor partnerships, to diversify market opportunities. In recognizing market segment diversity, Griffin re-structured a “go to market” plan that expanded market share, in commercial, residential, forming & shoring, repair & restoration, and geo-technical markets while continuing to build a strong network of satellite branches. Promoted to Regional Vice President in 2011, Griffin oversees 12 branch locations in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island that comprise Northern New England region of A H Harris.

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