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WATSON is an original documentary that explores a significant person who profoundly shaped the Southern Tier of New York State.  Features of this collection include themes, video clips, discussion questions, and activities.  The classroom elements were developed by NYS certified teachers and align with state and national standards.


WATSON is the story of Thomas J. Watson, Sr. and the founding of the IBM corporation.  The life of Thomas J. Watson, Sr. exemplifies the American Dream story of rags to riches.  Watson directs the start of IBM and leads its growth to become an innovative and influential world company by navigating the drastic world changes of the 20th century.  The core of IBM was the corporate culture Watson created which enabled IBM to take information processing into the mainstream.

Funder: Dr. G. Clifford & Florence B. Decker Foundation