June 12, 1994 |
It is a rare quiet day at the Santa Monica villa of computer software king Peter Norton and his wife, Eileen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has recently come and gone, as have William Gray, head of the United Negro College Fund, a group of 800 looky-loos on a garden tour and the guests at a preschool fund raiser. The Nortons are hanging out at the kitchen table. Their butler, who used to work for Malcolm Forbes, hovers discreetly. "We're ordinary.
April 13, 1989
Peter Norton Computing Inc. has named Ron Posner as its new chief executive. The announcement was made by Peter Norton, founder and chairman of PNCI, who previously counted chief executive among his own titles. Posner has been active in microcomputer and software companies for more than a decade, holding key management positions previously with Ashton-Tate Corp., Borland International and Ansa Software. PNCI, Santa Monica, has developed software used in more than 1 million computers worldwide.
January 30, 1997 |
Peter Norton, the "software saint" who seven years ago took an abrupt leave of the computer software industry he helped to build, will make a comeback this fall. Perhaps fittingly, his platform will be CD-ROM. Culver City-based MediaX Corp. plans to announce today that it has contracted with Norton to publish a series of five titles featuring Norton teaching computer owners how to use and trouble-shoot problems with their machines and popular software.
June 2, 1998 |
In a move that helps resolve a legal entanglement and merges two of America's largest and most adventurous private collections of contemporary art--both based in Los Angeles--Peter and Eileen Norton announced Monday their purchase of the collection of Clyde and Karen Beswick. The acquisition adds about 700 works to the Nortons' 1,600-piece holding. Terms of the agreement prohibit disclosure of the purchase price, but sources close to the collectors estimate that the Nortons paid about $1.
July 8, 1998 |
A photo self-portrait of Catherine Opie shows the artist ornately tattooed and dressed in leather, with a nipple ring, multiple needles piercing the length of bare arms and a leather mask pulled down over her face. Los Angeles businessman and art collector Clyde Beswick bought the artwork sight unseen, then hung it over the sofa in his Mt. Washington home, where others might place a landscape or a bowl of fruit. Those in L.A.'
May 1, 1989 |
To the millions of personal computer users who have come to depend on his software programs and who have dubbed him the "software saint," the realization that Peter Norton has limits like any other mere mortal may be a bit hard to accept. But it's true. Peter Norton--by his own admission--no longer can run Peter Norton Computing, the software publishing house he founded in Santa Monica six years ago. And so today marks the completion of one of the most critical transitions in the life of a young company: from management by its founder to management by professionals recruited from other successful computer ventures.