Schewe, you absolutely need to include a chapter in your book w/ such lore... seriously !
Yeah, ya know, there's a lot of stuff I know that I'm not really at liberty to talk about...maybe some day when the guilty are gone (and forgotten)...it's been an interesting ride and a lot of stuff has gone on behind the scenes (for good and ill). But the bottom line has been Thomas Knoll has consistently done the "right things" for all the "right reasons" (and that purely pisses off some folks because he can't be "bought").
I actually included a bunch of background about ACR & LR in The Digital Negative...things like why LR was developed and the fact that Adobe RGB was based on a typo. I walked a very fine line but vetted stuff for accuracy (but not comfort value).
The utter irony is that Photoshop (and all things developed by John & Thomas Knoll) exist because George Lucas signed a waiver allowing John and Thomas to "sell" Photoshop to Adobe...so Photoshop (and ACR/LR) are derived from "Star Wars" in more ways than people know.
Now Disney has bought everything George Lucas (including Kerner Optical
) which was Industrial Light & Magic's (ILM) code name...I remember getting completely lost in San Rafael, California when trying to find ILM when I shot a portrait of John Knoll...the really cool thing was I finally found the offices because I saw a bunch of Storm Troopers lined up waiting to get tickets to ILM's Christmas Party...I waited in line and was offered tickets (depending on what department I was in). The receptionist was kinda miffed when I said I was there to shoot John. I think I missed the boat by not going to the X-mas party :~)
So, yeah...I could tell ya some stories :~)
But not just yet...