Life of Scott Adams (original)

Biography

Blue Moon diner

1956
12496
NY
United States
Windham

My father, Paul Adams, lived and worked at the Blue Moon diner and gift shop. The business was owned by his father, Clyde Raymond Adams.

The Vining Farm

1956
12496
NY
United States
Windham

This is the farm in Windham New York that my mother, Virginia Adams, grew up on. The farm was run by her brother, Foster Vining, and my grandmother Flossie Vining. My grandfather passed when I was about 10 or so.


I worked on the farm to earn extra money. It was only a mile from my own home.

Born

1957-06-08
12414
NY
United States
Catskill

The Windham Years

1957-06-09
1975-06-14
12496
NY
United States
Windham

Age 1

1958
1958
12496
NY
United States
Windham

Age 2

1959
12496
NY
United States
12496

Age 3

1960
12496
NY
United States
12496

Age 4

1961
12496
NY
United States
12496

School

1962
1975
12496
NY
United States
12496

Attended Windham Ashland Jewett Central School in Windham NY. The school handled kindergarten through senior year. My class size was approximately 40 people.

Age 5

1962
12496
NY
United States
12496

WhenHub Launches (beta)

2016-11
CA
United States
Pleasanton

WhenHub launches in Beta.


See Whenhub.com for more about the app and the Studio version.

CalendarTree Launches

2014-05
CA
United States
Pleasanton

CalendarTree launches. The startup allows people to easily create and share schedules.

Pleasanton House

2009-12-01T08:00:00+00:00
CA
United States
Pleasanton

Moved into Pleasanton house.

Spasmodic Dysphonia - Lost Voice for 3.5 years

2006
2009
N\A
N/A

I lost my ability to speak properly for 3.5 years. The condition is called spasmodic dysphonia.


In 2009 I had surgery to cure it.

Dublin Condo and Office - Whitworth Dr.

2004
2008
94568
CA
United States
Whitworth Drive

Waterford apartment

2004
4800 Tassajara Road
94568
CA
United States
Waterford Place Apartments

Stacey's at Waterford Opens

2002-06-16
N\A
N/A

I opened a second restaurant because the original Stacey's Cafe was doing well. Unfortunately I signed the lease on September 11, 2001, as the Twin Towers were falling. The local economy went stagnant for years and the second restaurant never turned a profit. I exited the business several years later.

Dilbert Animated TV Show

1999
2000
N\A
N/A

Won Reuben Award for Best Cartoonist

1997
CA
United States
San Francisco

Won the National Cartoonists Society Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year and Best Newspaper Comic Strip of 1997, the most prestigious awards in the field.

Opened Stacey's Cafe

1997
310 Main Street
94566
CA
United States
310 Main St

Blackhawk (Danville) home

1996
94506
CA
United States
Deer Meadow Drive

Mother's Artistic Talent

1995
N\A
N/A

My mother was an artist. She specialized in landscapes, mostly later in life. She sold every painting she tried to sell in local galleries. I used to tease her because she set her price by the size of the canvas and sold everything she produced almost right away. I couldn't understand why she would ever do a small painting.



Dilbert.com Website Launched

1995
N\A
N/A

Pacific Bell ISDN Lab

1992
1995
N\A
N/A

Published First Dilbert book

1992
N\A
N/A

Build a Better Life by Stealing Office Supplies

Dublin Condo

1991
94568
CA
United States
Winding Trail Lane

Dilbert launches

1989
94501
CA
United States
South Shore Center

United Media offers a contract to create a daily syndicated comic for newspapers. Dilbert launches in about 25 newspapers, which is a weak launch.

Second Attempt to become a cartoonist

1988
94501
CA
United States
South Shore Center

Submitted samples of the Dilbert comic strip to syndicates. United Media offered a development contract.

Alameda apartment

1986
523 South Shore Center West
94501
CA
United States
Alameda South Shore Center

Pacific Bell Career

1985
1995
CA
United States
San Ramon

Oak St., San Francisco apartment

1983
CA
United States
Oak Street

Crocker Bank Special Assignment

1980
595 Market Street
94105
CA
United States
595 Market St

Noe St. apartment

1979-08
CA
United States
Noe Valley

My first apartment in San Francisco. I had three three roommates. My room had no window.

First Job - Crocker National Bank

1979-07
1 Sansome Street
94104
CA
United States
1 Sansome St

My first job after college was as a bank teller at the One Sansome St. Branch of what was Crocker National Bank in San Francisco. Subsequent jobs at Crocker included:


Budget analyst

Computer programmer

Commercial lender

Product Manager

Financial Manager



Moved to San Francisco

1979-06-15
CA
United States
Dolores Street

My ex-girlfriend from college invited me to visit her in San Francisco where she had moved a few years earlier. I planned to stay a few days and return to Los Angeles where I had already accepted a job at U.S. Bank. My ex convinced me that Northern California was more my style, and I said I'd stay if I could find a job in the next few days.


The next day I walked into a branch of Crocker National Bank and asked for a job as a teller. They hired me on the spot. I have lived in the Bay Area since then.


I felt bad accepting the job at the other bank and bailing out before the first day of work. But I reminded myself that businesses can fire employees for any reason that suits their self-interest. My guilt didn't last.


The house in the photo was the scene-setting exterior photo for a TV show called Too Close for Comfort, about a conservative cartoonist working from his home in San Francisco. I hunted down the actual house and took a picture of it for inspiration. It was the sort of life I wanted. Years later I would have it.

Traded my car for a one-way ticket to Los Angeles

1979-06-15
CA
United States
Los Angeles

Traded my rusty car to my sister, Cindy, for a one-way plane ticket to California. Stayed with my brother, Dave, who was already living there.

1979 - Age 21 - Before California

1979-06-01
12496
NY
United States
Windham

Graduated Hartwick College

1979-05
13820
NY
United States
Hartwick Drive

Graduated Hartwick College, Oneonta NY, with a BA in Economics.

Near Death Experience Near Syracuse

1979-02
NY
United States
Syracuse

Datsun 510 broke down on the drive from Syracuse back to Hartwick College campus. Temperature was near zero. I had no coat, and there was no civilization nearby. I started to run for my life, to see if I could reach safety. A car finally came by and saved me.

Hartwick College - Senior Year

1978
13820
NY
United States
Hartwick Drive

Hartwick College - Junior Year

1977
13820
NY
United States
Hartwick College

Hartwick College - Sophomore Year

1976
13820
NY
United States
Hartwick Road

Hartwick College

1975-09
13820
NY
United States
Hartwick College

Attended Hartwick College, Oneonta NY, for four years, earning a BA in Economics and a 3.75 GPA.

Age 18

1975
12496
NY
United States
12496

Age 17

1974
12496
NY
United States
12496

This is the cramped basement in the home where I grew up. We had a pool table but couldn't afford one with a slate bed. This had a wooden bed that warped so badly it was nearly unplayable. I still spent countless hours down there.


The basement was designed to be a nuclear bomb shelter because my parents assume Russia would attack any minute. My father didn't know much about nuclear bomb shelters. He figured some cinder block walls and some preserved fruit would be enough to get us through. We were tough country people.

Age 16

1973
12496
NY
United States
12496

Age 15

1972
12496
NY
United States
12496

Age 14

1971
12496
NY
United States
12496

Age 13

1970
12496
NY
United States
12496

Age 12

1969
12496
NY
United States
12496

Age 11

1968
1968
12496
NY
United States
12496

This little black and white TV was a huge technological upgrade in my life. This was for the bedroom I shared with my brother. Unfortunately we lived in the mountains and only got received one network clearly via the antennae and the vertical hold was never stable.


The rope you see in front of the TV I would wrap around the horizontal hold knob on the right side so I could keep the picture in frame manually from across the room just by pulling on one end or the other of the rope.


My mother kept her piano in my brother and my bedroom. His desk is shown on the left.

Age 10

1967
1967
12496
NY
United States
12496

Age 9

1966
1966
12496
NY
United States
12496

Age 8

1965
1965
12496
NY
United States
12496

Age 7

1964
1964
12496
NY
United States
12496

Age 6

1963
12496
NY
United States
12496

Best Political Pundit of 2016

2016-05
CA
United States
Los Angeles

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