The appearance of this book is consistent with the paradigm "a publication—a child." In that year (1973), Everett resigned from Lambda Corp.  and with his friend Don Reisler founded DBS Corporation in Arlington, Virginia, a company devoted, at least initially, to civilian developments solely in the sphere of information science and data management [103, 58]. Reisler and Everett had been friends for three years [72, 1] and apparently had markedly similar natures [72, 1, 55, 90]. Both were "solution people", rather than "utility people." Reisler took on the administrative duties of the president and Everett became the chairman of the small (15-employee) company . They put copies of their dissertations in a box and made a pact that they would not open the box or discuss its contents for ten years—time that should be devoted to building the business. If they succeeded, they reasoned, then after ten years they would have time to read and discuss the material. If they did not succeed, then they would also have time since the business would have folded .
The Everetts moved to a house in an upscale Washington suburb, McLean, VA. Everett's father, with his wife Sara T., settled in nearby Berryville, VA . Hugh and Nancy's children acquired from Everett if not his talents in sciences, then definitely his commitment to rituals and his ability to focus relentlessly on a single thing. Their older child Liz, each day after school, listened to an album of Neil Young, "After the Goldrush," from beginning to end. Mark, the younger child, was a terror at home playing his toy drum set, purchased for him at the age of six at a garage sale next door .