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Saturday in 1994, Bennie Lydell Glover, a temporary employee at the Poly Gram compact-disk manufacturing plant in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, went to a party at the house of a co-worker.
He was angling for a permanent position, and the party was a chance to network with his managers.
Dockery was a “boxer”: he took the shrink-wrapped jewel cases and stacked them in a cardboard box for shipping. In 1989, when Glover was fifteen, he went to Sears and bought his first computer: a twenty-three-hundred-dollar PC clone with a one-color monitor.By the time of the party, he’d begun to experiment with the nascent culture of the Internet, exploring bulletin-board systems and America Online.Soon, Glover also purchased a CD burner, one of the first produced for home consumers. He began to make mixtapes of the music he already owned, and sold them to friends.One of Glover’s co-workers was Tony Dockery, another temporary hire.The two worked opposite ends of the shrink-wrapping machine, twelve feet apart. Most important, they were both fascinated by computers, an unusual interest for two working-class Carolinians in the early nineties—the average Shelbyite was more likely to own a hunting rifle than a PC.Later, Glover realized that the host had been d.j.’ing with music that had been smuggled out of the plant. Plant policy required all permanent employees to sign a “No Theft Tolerated” agreement.He knew that the plant managers were concerned about leaking, and he’d heard of employees being arrested for embezzling inventory.On a busy day, the plant produced a quarter of a million CDs.Its lineage was distinguished: Poly Gram was a division of the Dutch consumer-electronics giant Philips, the co-inventor of the CD.(Indeed, recording executives at the time saw this as a key business risk.) But Poly Gram’s offerings just weren’t that good.The company had a dominant position in adult contemporary, but the kind of people who bought knockoff CDs from the trunk of a car didn’t want Bryan Adams and Sheryl Crow. By 1996, Glover, who went by Dell, had a permanent job at the plant, with higher pay, benefits, and the possibility of more overtime.