For me, there were two stand out events. But many other stand out events too, not mentioned below.
One was when William Shatner of Star Trek gave a little speech. Before his gig started, Graham pointed out that he had a copy of what looked like a racing paper where he seemed to be picking out the runners and riders for the 3:30 at the Golden Gate Fields Racetrack.
Shortly after Shatner spoke, Kicking Pat Gelsinger started “keynoting” and there was a Q&A afterwards. I asked Pat what his favourite Star Trek episode was, and after some prompting from the audience it turned out it was the Trouble with Tribbles. His favourite Star Trek character, however, turned out to be the luscious Dame Joan Collins.
The second stand out event was at an early IDF in Palm Springs where Graham and myself went to a native Indian casino. Graham appeared surprised that while I seemed to be coining it in, his stash of chips – not X86 chips - decreased steadily.
As I told him two weeks ago, that's because I bribed the croupier.
My very best wishes to Graham on his retirement. His ability to survive the attentions of hordes of British journalists is, in itself, a testament to the fact he's a Yorkshireman.
And, most unusually, one with a sense of humour!