Bruce Bastian
Bruce Bastian
Bruce Wayne Bastian is an American computer programmer, businessman, philanthropist and social activist. He co-founded the WordPerfect Software Company with Alan Ashton in 1978 (originally known as Satellite Software International and then changed to WordPerfect Corporation in 1982).
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Why can’t baseball ‘catch’ tolerance
LGBT Weekly- San Diego - almost 5 years
Most Americans think of April 15 as tax day. But for baseball fans, it’s Jackie Robinson Day, a celebration of the man who 65 years ago broke baseball’s color barrier. The players all wear number 42, and stadiums around the country have pre-game events. The announcers appropriately recapped Robinson’s accomplishments. As an athlete, he was the first UCLA Bruin to letter in four sports, and a NCAA long jump champion. As a player, he remains one of the best second basemen in history, having won the Rookie of the Year Award (at 28), a Most Valuable Player Award, a batting title and the sabermetrics crowd. His “wins above replacement” (WAR) was best in the league twice, in the top 10 six times (according to ESPN). As a man, he underwent a court martial for not accepting segregation while in the military (he was later given an honorable discharge), and gracefully heard all manner of racial slurs for playing the game as well as any white man, ...
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Why can’t baseball ‘catch’ tolerance
LGBT Weekly- San Diego - almost 5 years
Most Americans think of April 15 as tax day. But for baseball fans, it’s Jackie Robinson Day, a celebration of the man who 65 years ago broke baseball’s color barrier. The players all wear number 42, and stadiums around the country have pre-game events. The announcers appropriately recapped Robinson’s accomplishments. As an athlete, he was the first UCLA Bruin to letter in four sports, and a NCAA long jump champion. As a player, he remains one of the best second basemen in history, having won the Rookie of the Year Award (at 28), a Most Valuable Player Award, a batting title and the sabermetrics crowd. His “wins above replacement” (WAR) was best in the league twice, in the top 10 six times (according to ESPN). As a man, he underwent a court martial for not accepting segregation while in the military (he was later given an honorable discharge), and gracefully heard all manner of racial slurs for playing the game as well as any white man, ...
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Feingold Won't Join Wisconsin Senate Race, Dem Eyes Turn to Baldwin and Kind - Metro Weekly
Google News - over 5 years
Among those contributing $2500 are several names well known in the LGBT community, including Bruce Bastian, major donor to LGBT causes from Utah; Steve Elmendorf, head of Elmendorf Strategies in DC; David Geffen, movie producer; Mitchell Gold,
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Class of 1971 holds reunion - Rapid City Journal
Google News - over 5 years
Back row: Becky (Lydiatt) Byrne, Robin (Norman) Crisp, Vernie Christopherson, Jim Peterson, Jim Oberpriller, Cheryl (Burg) Huddleston, Bruce Bastian, Rich Schuttler and Tim Krein. Not pictured: Steve Abraham, Nancy Blatchford, Debbie Merrill Powell,
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Nation-wide HRC bus tour kicks off in Salt Lake City - QSaltLake
Google News - over 5 years
The kickoff was also attended by Salt Lake County and City Mayors Peter Corroon and Ralph Becker and philanthropist Bruce Bastian. “We're not asking the government to give out special rights, just equal rights,” Corroon said
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Health post for Fitzsimons - Armidale Express
Google News - over 5 years
... Kenneth White (Tinonee), Helen Staines (Windella), Dr Helen Belcher (Bolwarra Heights), Janelle Speed (Deepwater), Paul Henry (Inverell), Dr Bruce Bastian (Hamilton south) and Conjoint Professor Trevor Waring AM (New Lambton Heights)
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'Building bridges' in Southern Utah - Salt Lake Tribune (blog)
Google News - almost 6 years
Philanthropist Bruce Bastian and HikingSouthUtah.com are hosting a benefit dinner to fund the campaign. They hope to make it an annual event. Individual tickets to “Building Bridges in Southern Utah,” May 21, already have sold out
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Front Row; 'Brokeback' Sells a Style
NYTimes - about 11 years
OF the many cinematic barriers broken by the success of ''Brokeback Mountain,'' one previously overlooked achievement is that the film has made it acceptable to dress like a cowboy. The pristine chambray shirts and well-worn denim recall the feeling of thumbing through the pages of an old J. Crew catalog, before it went all preppy. At any rate,
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COMPANY NEWS; Wordperfect Appoints A New Chief
NYTimes - about 23 years
The Wordperfect Corporation, the fourth-largest personal computer software company, said today that its president and chief executive, Alan Ashton, would step down and be replaced by the company's senior vice president of sales and marketing, Adrian Rietveld. Effective Jan. 1, Mr. Ashton, who is 51, will join the co-founder, Bruce Bastian, 45, as a
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bruce Bastian
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2010
    Age 61
    In 2010, in honor of Bastian's long term commitment to the arts, President Obama appointed him to the Presidential Advisory Committee of the Arts.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2008
    Age 59
    On July 26, 2008 at the San Francisco Human Rights Campaign dinner, Bastian announced he was donating $1 million to HRC, designated to fight California Proposition 8 (2008), which eliminated same-sex marriage in California.
    More Details Hide Details He was the first individual to pledge such a large amount to fight the proposition. Ironically, his former business partner, Alan Ashton, gave $1 million to support Proposition 8. He is the executive producer of 8: The Mormon Proposition, a film about the LDS church's involvement in California Proposition 8 (2008) and For The Bible Tells Me So. He was also the first major donor to the National Equality March.
  • 2004
    Age 55
    He is a member of the board of directors of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the U.S.'s largest Gay and Lesbian political action committee, and was grand marshal of the Utah Pride Festival's parade in 2004.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1978
    Age 29
    When he graduated in the spring of 1978, Bastian worked for a short time for Ashton and another partner, developing word processing software.
    More Details Hide Details When that company stopped because of inadequate funding, Bastian took a job with the Eyring Research Institute (ERI). At ERI, Bastian briefly worked on a language translation program (unrelated to WordPerfect). Within a few months of his employment at ERI, ERI signed a contract with Orem City to produce a word processor for the city's new DEC PDP-11/34 mini computer. Since Bastian was the only employee at ERI who had any development experience with word processing, ERI contracted with Bastian and Ashton to develop what would become WordPerfect. Originally the word processor was written in DEC Assembler Language. It was later ported to the IBM PC. At one time Bastian's net worth was estimated at $1.4 billion, earning him a place on the Forbes list of the 500 wealthiest people in America. Bastian has always been a major donor to Utah's cultural arts. Among these is the Bastian Foundation Diversity Lecture Series at Westminster College, Salt Lake City. Somewhere along the way, “philanthropy transitioned to activism”. Bastian contributed half of the Don't Amend Alliance's budget for fighting Utah's constitutional amendment defining marriage as between only a man and a woman. (The amendment passed in 2004.)
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1948
    Born
    Born in 1948.
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