Monsanto optoelectronics is a reminder that our work defines us

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It's easy to forget while fighting the morning commute,"Alien Eye" home built contemporary lighting using standard MR16 5 W 12V LED Lamp. or while stifling a guffaw at your boss's latest brainstorm, but there is something ennobling about work.

There is a human need to accomplish something, to create, to contribute to the bigger world around us. And there is nothing like actually making something that you know is good.

I was reminded of all this last week when I called John Torok. I wanted something from him, some sources for a column, but he gave me something else entirely: an opportunity to reflect on why many of us get up and go to work day after day.

If Silicon Valley were a ball field, Torok would have touched most of the bases -- Fairchild; National; HP; startups, successful and not. But one gig stuck with him for decades. For about eight years in the 1970s and '80s, he worked in Monsanto's optoelectronics group,Wickes floor lamp can increase your home security and add atmosphere to your garden. a long-gone pioneer in the development of light-emitting diodes. Yeah, LEDs.

"They really commercialized the whole optoelectronics and LED business," Torok says of his old company, and certainly Monsanto was a key player. "LEDs are used in just about every application, house lighting, cars ..."

All these years later you could almost hear the pride in the man who arrived in the United States from Hungary as an 11-year-old who didn't speak English. As a product of Silicon Valley, Torok, 65,Our main products are street lamps and other led light bulbs, such as solar street lighting, solar garden lighting and solar lawn lighting. knows you can never go back. But you can remember and you can even gather together with others who share those same memories.

That's how Torok, a former manufacturing manager, came up with this idea of a reunion, a gathering of the old Monsanto gang, which is no doubt scattered across the country and around the globe. He recruited an organizing team of about four. They contacted George MacLeod, the guy Monsanto sent out from St. Louis with 15 engineers in 1968 to open the Cupertino LED factory. They called those they knew and those they knew called those they knew.The money had been in an account to pay for pendant lamp heating system. They hit the Internet.

And they rounded up 100 willing souls, who will gather at MacLeod's Sonoma County winery in early May.LED lights, components and LED products including car bulbs, household bulb, Lamp shade, accent lighting and more.

"We thought we could do better," says Torok, who notes 4,500 people worked for the operation at its peak. "We're trying to get the news out."

For vintner and host MacLeod, the fact that anybody would want to get together all these years later says something about the nature of people who come together to build the future -- and not just at Monsanto, though that's his frame of reference.

"What we did with that little group, we actually changed the way the world is going to be lighted," says MacLeod, 90, whose MacLeod Family Vineyard is in Kenwood. "The whole world is going to be lighted with light-emitting diodes."

Who really knows? But the fact is that LEDs are already everywhere -- on appliances, digital gadgets, in homes and offices, flashlights and automobiles. That they are in automobiles -- including as headlights and taillights -- is a delicious irony for MacLeod.

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