In Spring and Summer of 2000, as the Qwest takeover of US West unfolded, those of us at USW saw the writing on the wall. Though billed as a merger of equals, the financial realities of the deal meant that Q was going to control the merged company.
Who was going to run things? USW had CEO Solomon Trujillo, a man who had worked his way up through the ranks in the Bell system and, despite his flaws, a guy with some actual vision. Yeah, we were supposed to be stereotypical old-economy, slow-moving monopoly while Q was the agile new economy start-up. They were the shiny new future, we were a relic of a dead past.