Mocked for offbeat views, tech exec quits
San Jose CA Mercury News 10Jan99
By Stephen Buel: Mercury News Staff Writer
USWeb founder Firmage doesn't want publicity about space beliefs to hurt
Joe Firmage, the founder of two highly successful computer enterprises, has
officially severed all ties with USWeb Corporation, a business he founded.
He stepped away from the successful company because of the negative
attention he was receiving as a result of his unorthodox beliefs and a book
he has published (available on the web - The-word-is-truth).
Firmage was raised a Mormon, however, he has not been active in the faith
since his teen years. He has put forth a theory that is a complex amalgam of
science and religion, including a belief in extraterrestrial live and
travel. He vigorously denies that he believes aliens have provided
earthlings with technology, but does believe we have been visited by
extraterrestrial beings and that technology could possibly have been gleaned
from a UFO crash in Roswell in 1947 by government scientists.
His decision to leave the company was heralded as a mature decision.
Frimage continues to hold stock in the company and believes in its success.
He hopes that he will now have time to further research and develop his