White Bird City Councilman Paul Sand Launches Libertarian Bid for Governor of Idaho

Paul Sand is running for governor of Idaho on what he describes as a “common-sense progressive Libertarian platform.”

Sand is a semi-retired computer software engineer who has served 4 terms on the White Bird city council. Interestingly, he also claims to have built the world’s first personal computer.

“My campaign is based on three pillars: Freedom, Family and Future. I am running against our entirely dysfunctional, polarizing two-party political system,” says Sand. “I want to be very clear. I am not anti-government, just anti-politics. I believe the government should become a benefit administrator for the business community by providing educated workers, family healthcare, retirement pensions, security, and the financial and physical infrastructure that our businesses need to be globally competitive, without putting any of it on the backs of current and future workers.”

“Idaho politics has become a national joke,” Sand charges. “My goal is to turn that around and in the memory of Frank Church and Cecil Andrus, make Idaho a model for the future of our entire country.”

NOTE: We used a photo of the White Bird town sign at the top of this article as Mr. Sand’s current campaign website only includes a somewhat mysterious picture of himself holding a (very nice) cat.

15 thoughts on “White Bird City Councilman Paul Sand Launches Libertarian Bid for Governor of Idaho

  1. Traditionalist

    Mr. Sand,

    I’m interested in additional detail about when or how you built the world’s first personal computer. Is your claim documented anywhere, and if so, where? If it’s not, why not? I didn’t buy my first personal computer until 1978, so I was comparatively late to the party. I’m trying to remember when I first read about them. I want to say 1973, 1974, or 1975.

  2. Austin Cassidy Post author

    Good question from Traditionalist.

    Also, I would like to know the cat’s name if he has one.

  3. Paul Sand

    I designed the computer in 1969. This was before the microprocessor was invented. I still have the specifications but not the prototype. I designed my own CPU. I planned to sell it to schools and hobbyists to teach computer programming. My high school was one of two schools in the US that had an actual computer in our classroom in 1966. Most schools could never afford one.

    When the very first microprocessors were released, I was the only one around who knew machine language and could immediately start developing software and operating systems. One of my employees later went to work for a little startup called Microsoft.

  4. Traditionalist

    Mr. Sand,

    Have you published the specifications? If so, where? If not, why not? I would think any number of places would be interested, such as the Smithsonian, which houses what it believes was the first personal computer, from 1973.

  5. Paul Sand

    I can prove that my design predates the micro processor because it has 3-bit nibbles and 6-bit bytes. Integrated circuit technology density advances caused digital components to be multiples of four bits rather than three and the 3- bit nibble vanished forever. Everything switched from base 8 to base 16 which had a problem with digits 10 thru 15, so they became a thru f.

    I presented my design as a final project in a computer science class and I still have that document.

  6. Traditionalist

    Mr. Sand,

    I believe many historians would be interested in that. Are you willing to donate the document? You could of course retain a copy as well.

  7. Paul Sand

    I will think about it. It was a minor achievement in my bizarre career. I also started the computer mapping (GIS) industry.

  8. Paul Sand

    My company was Earth Systems Research, Inc. ESRI had a very similar name. My business was a 501-C3 non-profit and I started Datamap to commercialize the system. I was hired by the University of Minnesota to write analysis programs for Harvard’s mapping program. Instead of writing the programs, I suggested developing a geographic analysis programming language that researchers could use to build their own models using functions that they were already doing manually. The language was called EPPL and it became the analytical and map rendering core of the Minnesota Land Management Information System in the Minnesota State Planning Agency. The program was used to design some state parks, wildlife refuges, highway routes, power transmission lines, Reserve Mining pollution case, St. Croix River Scenic Corridor, etc and the mother of my children was a landscape architecture student learning to use EPPL when we met. Datamap did some geographical marketing analysis for General Mills.

  9. Paul Sand

    This is probably not the proper forum for discussing my computer experience. I’ll expand the “about me” page on my website this weekend to include my entire bizarre political, computer, architecture, and adventure careers. Even the GIS projects mentioned have some bizarre stories behind them. We need to focus now on developing a populist strategy to defeat the 2-party system in November. I need your input.

  10. Paul Sand

    No one likes politicians ever and people are becoming very unhappy with their own political parties today. We have never had an opportunity like this and never will again. We need to be more strategic, more diabolical and more coordinated than the political establishment already is.

  11. Paul Sand

    When I designed my personal computer in 1969, magnetic core and solid-state random access memory (RAM) cost about $1 per bit. My PC design had 1K words of 8-bit RAM which would cost about $8000 at that time. The price of solid-state RAM would eventually fall but I couldn’t afford to connect my CPU to memory, so I wrote a Fortran program to emulate my CPU, memory and I/O on a larger computer to test the CPU design. That program was turned in for a Fortran class project in 1972 when I was trying to boost my GPA by taking a class where I already had years of actual real world experience. You can contact me thru my website if you want to see the project document.

  12. Paul Sand

    Candidates for the Republican primary for governor of Idaho are each spending millions of dollars advertising their support for Trump and his followers. That nomination almost guarantees winning in November in Idaho. The left and right in the U.S. are facing primary challenges from party extremists and we need to develop a plan now for coordinating a national populist third-party attack on the two-party establishment, when, not if, the 2 parties implode.

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