The Seattle Times article tells a lot of the back story but it only vaguely hints at the Microsoft aspect with:
The restaurant crowd is often standing-room-only, and people have come from all over the world — CEOs from big companies on visits to the Eastside.
“The Eastside” refers to the east side of Lake Washington. The biggest company there is Microsoft. Dixie’s BBQ is so popular with Microsoft people that it is served in some of the cafeterias. The Gun Club at Microsoft put up signs along the order line at the restaurant indicating how much longer you had to wait before you would be able to order and receive your food.
It was nearly a rite of passage for new employees eat at Dixie’s. This morning I received an email from Kris, who I took to Dixie’s shortly after he arrived here from Australia, telling me of Mr. Porter’s death. I took my officemate Chandrika, from India, there. And I took son James there shortly after he went to work at MS.
Ry used to pick up fresh vegetables in Royal City (central Washington) on his way back from Idaho and give them to Mr. Porter.
And there is a story about Mr. Porter, a shotgun, and a ham that Ry or I could tell you sometime too.
He will be missed.