David Packard, one of the co-founders of Hewlett-Packard, was born in Pueblo and graduated from high school here. As a child, he experimented with rockets, and one exploded in the house, damaging his thumb. His mother returned home to find the front door open and a trail of blood.
This story was told in Pueblo by David Packard’s grandson, David Orr, on 21 June 2019 at the announcement of the $20 million Sperry S. and Ella Graber Packard Fund for Pueblo, named for David Packard’s parents, who lived almost their entire lives in Pueblo. David said that his grandfather showed him his damaged thumb while telling this story.
Tinkering has deep roots in Pueblo.