Monday, March 2, 2009

Blue Sky Tribe

Blue Sky Tribe is a term coined by David Beers' in his 1997 autobiographical memoir Blue Sky Dream. He describes a group of people with a common set of beliefs as a tribe.

It describes technocratic upper-middle class suburban aerospace families who settled in California's Santa Clara Valley in the 1950s and 1960s who believed that their unquestioning commitment to such corporate megaliths as Lockheed would be rewarded with continual government funding for unending defense projects which, in turn, would lead to never-ending prosperity and upward mobility. This belief became the core of the tribal myth. However, involvement in the "Black World" projects of guided missile technology and spy satellites required blue sky companies to increasingly restrict their employees' right to talk about their work to anyone, including their own family, so adults became frustrated workers and parents, with children becoming distanced.

Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Inc., is a child of a Blue Sky Tribe family.

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