[vcf-midatlantic] My first computer memory was using a terminal
billdegnan at gmail.com
Fri May 21 20:06:27 UTC 2021
I vaguely remember when I was in elementary school in the 1970s in
delaware some U of Delaware students or a teacher gave me access to a
computer via a terminal. It was a simple login prompt to connect to
the library and look things up and play some kind of exercises that
had conditional decisions to build a story. It wasn't Plato or
anything like that.
That was my first memory of computers, but I must have been very young
as I don't remember much else. The thing that impressed me was how
you could decide what to do next and it changed a story's outcome. I
think we had a picture book that went with it (?)
I always wonder what that was all about. It was a one-day thing and
that was it.
Many years later I heard about something called project Delta at the U
of Del but I have no idea if that was the same thing or if it was just
some U of Del student looking for nearby kids to experiment with.
I remember going to the librarian in elementary school and asking to
use the computer in the back office , maybe 5th grade, but there were
no computers for kids to use.
I started going to RadioShack and using their computers probably in
4th grade and the Hallmark had a Timex Sinclair on display there, but
I did have a family computer until the later 80s. I somehow knew
BASIC, which makes me wonder if I was taught BASIC too. I remember
making the computer say "Bill is Cool" over and over and I thought
that was really funny at the time.
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