returned to U.S. in about 10 years. I came back first from July as business trips for most of
times going back and forth between
staying in hotel in
and we actually moved to California
in November 1996. Therefore, it was about 2 months shorter than 10 years as
we moved to Korea in Jan. 1987.
AST Computers, I was the Vice President in charge of Quality while I was
still Sr. Director officially in Samsung. The way AST was purchased by
Samsung was another typical Samsung style. I heard it was NCR perhaps which
approached to Samsung to propose the sale of one of their subsidiary Maxtor.
However, as it seemed to be unprofitable and hopeless company, SEC
management didn¡¯t buy it but Hyundai bought it instead. When Mr. Emperor
of Samsung heard about the story, he was so mad as Hyundae bought an
American company before Samsung did. Samsung had to look for other American
company on sale and bought AST in hurry just to make their Emperor happy
trusting an American agent company as there is no one in Samsung could
understand the American balance sheet well enough.
the result, Samsung had to find out the financial situation of AST was much
worse than they thought after they bought it. They sent a Korean General
Manager with American citizenship expecting he would understand American
management well. However, his background was R&D without company
management experience and the attempt had failed. Then Samsung sent another
typical Samsung man who didn¡¯t know anything about
America, didn¡¯t speak English at all but just pushing people hard just as he did
in Saqmsung in Korea. Well, there was no way it would work in
United States resulting to loose about a million dollar a day every day and couldn¡¯t
last too long.
had to sell AST about year later with a lot of loss and I worked in AST less
than a year therefore. I couldn¡¯t do much in less than a year though AST
product quality was improved meantime. It was hard to say whether it was
success or failure as the products didn¡¯t sell well any way and it was to
short time to improve quality fundamentally for me.
lived in a rent house in a hill of Corona
overlooking Pacific and whole Irvine
city. It was a standard 3 bed room house but the view was gourgeous. I have
never seen such a wonderful view even at the rosort hotel anywhere in the
world I have ever stayed. We could see Parles Verdes known as one of the
richest city of L. A.
area to north,
with Disneyland, Irvine
city and great view of Pacific Ocean to the west with Catalina Island
far a way. Night view was even more fantastic. I always loved the house with
great view and rented this house just looking at once. (Terese and Carole,
the daughters of my second sister lived also near-by.)
of this wonderful view, I wanted to buy this house once and retire there
while I lived there. I met the owner and discussed about the sale. However,
I gave up by various reasons, such as it was too far from our children and
there is no old friend around at all etc., and ended up not to buy it. But I
still miss the house.
worked less than a year only for AST and was asked to go to
Texas this time as Samsung built a semiconductor wafer fab factory there very
recently. We moved to Austin
and worked for SAS, Samsung Austin Semiconductors, as VP Quality again.
it was a semiconductor factory, there were many fellows I worked together at
Semiconductors Division and it was very familiar operation with familiar
enjoyed the life there for just little over six months as there was
so-called IMF turbulence started in Korea
facing very serious financial hardship for every company in Korea. Samsung also had no choice but to reduce cost and eliminate a lot of
special benefits for directors. Well, I was working for Samsung enjoying all
these benefits and why should I work further under this kind of situation?
Since Samsung was going to pay 6 months extra pay for any director to quit,
I quit Samsung and retired finally. It was Feb. 1998, after 11 years and 3
months in Samsung and 40 years since I was graduated from college, and I was
63 years and 4 months old.
lived little over 6 months only in Austin,
Texas. We lived in a company paid apartment for the first couple months and
bought a house, which had to be sold in less than 6 months. However I was
lucky enough again that I could still make some money as house market in Austin
sky rocketted mean time. I had a country club membership there, played golf
almost every weekends and enjoyed life there well though it was too short
I wanted to retire sooner or later already, I purchased the membership of
Castlewood Country Club in this area, where I am a member now, in March 1994
already and this house I am living now and only 15 minutes driving distance
from the Castlewood Country Club, in April 1997 to be prepared for the
retirement well in advance.
there was nothing to prepare in addition. We just sold the house in Austin
in less than a month, packed and shipped all households to here, drove from
Austin to Fremont stopping in Phenix where I have an old friend, played golf
with him, stopped in L.A. to see Johnny and came back to bay area. Meantime,
our shipment arrived at almost same time and we could start the retired life
very smoothly this way just as I had planned.