Portland, Oregon has an interesting (and forgotten?) history in concurrent computing. Remember these companies/products?Sequent or Intel's work here on the i432 and the more practical i960.
These were all "weird" for one reason or another back in a time when almost anything new in hardware or software could be considered weird, and almost everything *was* new. I didn't work in any of these companies (well, Intel, later) but I knew at least one person in each of them.
People used to get together at the (weird) Oregon Graduate Center or the Cedar Hills McMenamins or wherever and talk about all these things, not as being weird, just as being the things that were happening around the west side of Portland and Beaverton. The "Silicon Forest".
"Weird" stuff went on in software too. See "The Gem–Stone data management system". I worked with five of the eight authors a decade ago (almost a decade after this paper, which itself was almost a decade after the start of the company, which included several of those authors), and the really interesting thing is, I think all five are still with (one of them "back at") Gemstone.
Now *that* is weird.