Saturday, August 16, 2014

Made in Wisconsin: Marissa Mayer

Mayer in Vogue Magazine
Yup, turns out the current President and CEO of Yahoo and former executive at Google Marissa Mayer is, incredibile dictu, a Wisconsinite!

She was born in 1975 in Wausau, Wisconsin. Her brilliance was already manifest while quite young, since she was one of two delegates selected by then Governor Tommy Thompson to represent Wisconsin at the National Youth Science Camp in West Virginia.

She moved away from Wisconsin when she started college at Stanford, where she would eventually get an M.S. in Computer Science. She was the twentieth employee at Google and the rest is history. 

Yahoo had been struggling for years, and early signs are that she is definitely turning things around. Good luck and God bless, Marissa Mayer! Wisconsin is proud of you.

Keith Massey was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin. He has his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Biblical Hebrew, with a minor in Arabic. After 9/11, he served as an Arabic linguist at the NSA. He is currently a Latin teacher at a public high school in New Jersey.

Keith is the author of Intermediate Arabic for Dummies. His fiction novels follow the adventures of Andrew Valquist, roughly patterned after himself--a man born and raised in Wisconsin who gets pulled into the world of international intrigue. 

Keith's novels are A Place of Brightness, Amor Vincit Omnia: An Andrew Valquist Adventure, Next Stop: Spanish, and In Saecula Saeculorum.