The obituaries for Adobe cofounder Chuck Geschke all mention his 1992 kidnapping, but they make it seem like it wasn’t all that serious. It was, in fact, crazy serious. This 4-part 2009 series for The Los Altos Town Crier, by Anne Chappell Belden, has the details:
“Do you work here?” the man asked.
“Yes, can I help you?” Chuck asked and instinctively moved toward
him. The man pulled his map aside and revealed a gun. “You’re
coming with me,” the man said. By then Chuck was within arms reach
so he did not protest when the man grabbed his arm and directed
him into the car. He would later replay this moment dozens of
times, questioning his decision to obey.
With the gun jammed against Chuck’s ribs, the man said, “You’re
being kidnapped. I want you to keep your eyes down.” He took two
duct tape cut-outs and placed them over Chuck’s eyes. He covered
those with a pair of sunglasses, so no one could see from outside
that Chuck was blindfolded. As the car pulled away, his abductor
told Chuck, “If you attempt to do anything, like get away from
us, we’ll kill you. We know where your family is. We’ll kill