Trevor Hanson and Larry Smith founded Hanson-Smith, Ltd. in 1980, after leaving computer timesharing vendor National CSS.

Together, Larry and Trevor completed hundreds of technology and marketing projects for a diverse client list. In the process, they exchanged skill sets – so that, by the early 1980s, Trevor the systems programmer was regularly designing sales material, and Larry the sales guru was coding parsers and building client/server systems.

Who was Larry Smith?

Lawrence A. Smith co-founded Hanson-Smith, Ltd. in 1980 after leaving National CSS, where he worked in Stamford, Norwalk, and eventually Wilton Connecticut.

Larry was a legendary marketeer, known in particular throughout the timesharing industry for his work with the database application platform NOMAD, and also for his time as an ACM lecturer on database design. He had extraordinary analytic and presentation skills, and was a very quick study – he could instantly learn and integrate new concepts and technologies, and was usually the first one in the room to “connect the dots” when tackling a problem. His agile mind and interdisciplinary perspective made him an ideal consultant.

Larry died in 1996 of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, a rare lung disease.

There's a lot more to say about Larry and about the history of HSL...but we'll probably just leave the past to the past.
Owl (c) 1983 Hanson-Smith, Ltd.

What’s with the owl?

We designed this owl for our logo back in the 1980s.

Due to various circumstances, we never put it into use. Today, this image can finally come into its own. 

(For those who may be interested, this logo is based on an ancient Greek coin – a “New-style” Athenian Tetradrachm from about 300BC. We acquired a nice example of the coin as a source for creating our artwork.) 

This image is Copyright © 1983 Hanson-Smith, Ltd. All rights reserved.