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    Q   I have an old IBM clock or typewriter. Can you tell me how much it is worth?    
    A   While we appreciate your interest in one of IBM's old products, we regret that our staff is unable to provide appraisals of those products to determine their current worth. We suggest that you consult a local dealer -- especially one specializing in the restoration and sale of old time pieces or office equipment -- as well as classified ads for similar items. In addition, you might want to research prices on such online services as eBay. We may, however, be able to give you some general background information on the type of IBM product that you own if you initiate a request to us.      
    Q   What is the origin of the term "wild ducks" in IBM history and culture?    
    A   Former IBM Chairman Thomas J. Watson, Jr., wrote that: "In IBM we frequently refer to our need for 'wild ducks.' The moral is drawn from a story by the Danish philosopher, Soren Kierkegaard who told of a man who fed the wild ducks flying south in great flocks each fall. After a while some of the ducks no longer bothered to fly south; they wintered in Denmark on what he fed them. In time they flew less and less. After three or four years they grew so lazy and fat that they found difficulty in flying at all. Kierkegaard drew his point: you can make wild ducks tame, but you can never make tame ducks wild again. One might also add that the duck who is tamed will never go anywhere any more. We are convinced that any business needs its wild ducks. And in IBM we try not to tame them."      
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