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In the summer of 1997, the St. Paul Pioneer Press sent me to Seattle to interview Microsoft executives about the Twin Cities launch of Sidewalk, the software giant’s online entertainment guide. (Sidewalk was sold to Ticketmaster two years later after failing to take off.)
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What I really wanted to do in Seattle, though, was visit Amazon’s headquarters and interview founder Jeff Bezos. I was on good terms with his PR person, Kay Dangaard — we talked and emailed often for my weekly Pioneer Press TECH section column — and she went out of her way to convince him to spend some time with me. (She told me she did it by pointing out that my story would go out on the Knight Ridder/Tribune wire to many newspapers, and not just run in the St. Paul paper.)

Last week’s Bezos-Washington Post news had me trying to remember what I wrote about Bezos 16 years ago. Thanks to the Pioneer Press staffer who went into the paper’s archives today and found my story. It’s after the jump. Read More