Reading about the early days of the personal computer reminded me of some history that almost happened. In 1981 I was working at Digital on the Pro-350…a PDP-11/RSX-11M+ alternative to the IBM-PC.
It was a great product, far more powerful than the “PC” but Digital of course couldn’t market it. Word has it that Sears approached us to sell the Pro-350 in all of their stores…if they could rebrand it the Craftsman PC. Ken Olson vetoed that idea and a very interesting alternate history vanished.