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Peter Norton

Peter NortonBorn: 14-Nov-1943
Birthplace: Aberdeen, WA

Gender: Male
Religion: Buddhist
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Computer Programmer, Business
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Retired computer utilities programmer

MS-DOS utilities programmer famous for Norton Utilities, sold his business to Symantec, a company which produces few original products of its own but thrives instead on acquisitions. Popularized the "Norton pose", a smug, arms-cross, "I Have What You Need" look. Of course, this was after his "I Am a Buddhist Monk" period where he shaved his head around 1971. Now a major collector of contemporary art. Estimated net worth as of 1998, $300-400 million.

Wife: Eileen Harris Norton (black, m. 1983, div. 2000)
Daughter: Diana
Son: Michael

    University: Reed College (1965)
    Administrator: Trustee, California Institute of the Arts
    Administrator: Trustee, Reed College
    Administrator: Trustee, Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences

    Symantec VP, Peter Norton Computing Group (1990-)
    Ziff-Davis Media Columnist, PC Magazine (1982-87)
    Peter Norton Computing Founder (1982-90)
    Member of the Board of Symantec (1990)
    Los Angeles County Museum of Art Trustee
    Museum of Modern Art Trustee
    Whitney Museum of American Art Trustee
    Al Franken for Senate
    American Arts Alliance
    Bill Bradley for President
    Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
    Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies Board of Directors
    John Kerry for President
    Kerry Victory 2004
    Obama for America

Appears in articles:
Los Angeles Times, 12-Dec-1995, DETAILS: 'Saint Peter'-- Gentle Software Genius is also a Benevolent Presence on the L.A. Art Scene, BYLINE: Nikki Finke (Times Staff Writer)
New York Times, 11-Apr-1993, DETAILS: Sound Bytes; Cashed Out and Tuned In To Contemporary Art, BYLINE: Peter H. Lewis
Los Angeles Times, 12-Dec-1995, DETAILS: Art Review; Eccentric 'Glimpse' at Norton Collection, BYLINE: William Wilson (Times art critic)

Author of books:
Inside the IBM PC: Access to Advanced Features & Programming Techniques (1983)
The Peter Norton Programmer's Guide to the IBM PC (1985)

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