They started in different fields and different eras, but they found something in common in the end: success.
For the majority of us who drive downtown, snagging a parking spot is part of the daily routine.
Disco dancing was big back in 1978 when Bill Gates co-founded Microsoft in Seattle and Mike Schaer co-founded Computers Unlimited in Billings.
Computers Unlimited president David Schaer explains how the company started by his father Michael Schaer in 1978 survived and succeeded over the last 35 years.
Old toys games and equipment on display at Computers Unlimited for their 35th anniversary
Polaroid cameras and camera equipment from the 1970s at Computers Unlimited, which is marking its 35th anniversary.
Rock'em Sock'em Robots from the 1970's are on display at Computers Unlimited.
Billings entrepreneur Mike Schaer talks about Computers Unlimited's history and the memorabilia they have collected for their 35th anniversary.
Comic books and candy from 35 years ago are displayed at Computers Unlimited in downtown Billings.
Vintage toys from the 1970's are part of the memorabilia collected to celebrate Computers Unlimited's 35th anniversary.
Platform shoes with fish tank heels are part of the display of memorabilia for Computers Unlimited's 35th anniversary.
Vintage games popular in the 1970's are part of the memorabilia collected at Computers Unlimited to mark its 35th anniversary.
1970's-era action figures are part of the display Computers Unlimited employees collected to mark the founding of their company in 1978.
After 11 years of running The Q Cuisine on Montana Avenue, Mike Schaer’s family closed the fine-dining restaurant on Feb. 9 and will focus on Q Catering.
Mike Schaer, owner of Computers Unlimited, talks about his 30 years of helping to restore historic Montana Avenue. Schaer recently was awarded a 2012 Montana Historic Preservation Excellence Award.
When Mike Schaer moved his small Computers Unlimited staff to Montana Avenue in 1983, derelicts and prostitutes ranged free and hundreds of pigeons made homes in the roofless historic buildings. Some of Schaer’s friends thought he was, well, a bit daft.
Downtown Billings has a handful of brew pubs, fine restaurants, shops, two live theaters and the Babcock Theatre, but nowhere for dancing to loud, pounding tech music accompanied by rock videos.
For Jonas Vachal, one of 2011’s highlights was recognition that his company, Vertex Consulting Group, is an industry leader.
Computers Unlimited, a Billings technology company, has pledged to make a $200,000 grant to the proposed new Parmly Billings Library.
A broken water main on the 2400 block of Montana Avenue on Thursday afternoon inconvenienced some businesses but caused little damage.