Paul Allen to open microcomputer museum "Twenty-five years after he and Bill Gates moved their small software company from Albuquerque, N.M., to the Seattle region, Paul Allen is returning his attention to the city that ended up on the short end of one of the most famous corporate relocations in history.
The Microsoft Corp. co-founder today is expected to unveil plans for a $5 million microcomputer history gallery within the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque. It will be funded primarily by Allen. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has also committed $1 million toward the project.
The permanent gallery, to open in 2006, is meant in part as a gesture of appreciation to the city where Gates and Allen started their company, wrote much of its early software, and liked to blow off steam racing their cars through the streets in the early-morning hours."