The two engineering students from Stanford University capped of their undergraduate years of friendship with a fishing trip to Colorado. Then they went their separate ways. Despite the Great Depression, one found work at a General Electric Co. lab in New York. The other went on to earn a master's edgree at Massachusetts Institute of Technology before returning to Stanford. They kept in touch through a mutual mentor, Stanford professor Frederick Terman, who urged his star pupils to start a business. Terman got a $1,000 grant and offered the GE employee $55 a month if he would return to California for nine months. David Packard agreed, and was soon reunited with college pal William Hewlett.