Who Am I?
My name is George. I grew up in a small town in the Southern Tier of Western New York State. I graduated from a small school. What we call a Class D school. The smallest classification of schools in New York State.
I actually graduated from a class of 32 students. On graduation day only thirty graduated. That was a record number for a graduating class from my school. I then attended a 6000 student bodied State University of New York college. I graduated from there in the four years that I attended.
I was trained in Speech Communications, Radio and Television Production, and had a dual major in Geography/Urban and Regional Planning as well by time I graduated. I ended up working in neither field.
My background is in retailing management. For fifteen years in the recorded music business. After that I switched gears and went into the grocery store business. I was a Dept Head for a large Grocery store Chain headquartered in Rochester, NY.
I worked for Wegmans for over 4 years. Then I became a Baked products, wholesaler. I owned a bread route, distributing S.B./Thomas Muffins and Freihofer Breads, Boboli Pizza shells and Entenmann Cakes and Donuts.
My Computer Interests
My main interest in computers goes back to my college days. Back then, when I needed a report run on the College computer, I had to spend 3 hours to use a card punch machine to punch out the program that I needed run on the college computer. I do mean One Computer. The college had one computer available to all faculty members and all students. That's right one (1).
Once I had printed out the punch cards and rubber banded the two stacks together. I then needed to sign up to have the program run for me. I waited three days. Then I could pick up my program. It was printed on large computer program paper - the paper was probably 18 inches wide. It was a 60 page report that I got back from my study that I had done.
I never heard from computers again until mid 1980 my company was doing a rollout and we used Norand Handheld computers. From then until the year 2005 I basically used a form of a Norand Handheld computer for business, nothing else.
I do remember we purchased our first desktop computer for family use in 1995, but I hardly ever used and really didn't know that much about it. My children were using them in school, so my wife and I were learning as we went.
I remember my oldest daughter set up our first family email account. She also set my own g-mail and Ebay account for me as well.
I Woke Up
Then in 2005 a job (District Sales Manager) opened up, and I thought I had a great chance of being hired for the position. But they wanted to know how I was with Microsoft Word Document, Microsoft Word Excel, Microsoft Powerpoint, and a couple of other computer programs that I had never heard of.
I realized that as I was very good at Route Sales, the handheld, the product lines that we represented, the overall business information, I had to admit when it came to computer knowledge I was illiterate.
Woe Is Me
That was a thunderous wake up call. I realized that the computer age was deep upon us, and I was being dusted by it. I don't think I had ever felt that way before in my life. I was saying to myself, how could I have let this happened to me?
My answers were we were raising 3 children and I was working at the time 60-70 hours a week running the business I owned.
My decision could be, either roll over and play dead, say so what, I don't need to learn all of this stuff, or I could do what I decided to do.
What I did, was get my self enrolled in an adult evening basic computer skills class at the local high school. It was a six session three week course. I learned about the internet. I learned how to copy and paste. Something my middle daughter who was a senior in high school would show me repeatedly, and I would forget again, and need help again and again.
After that for the next year I enrolled in and successfully competed two more computer courses online. Online adult computer courses. Courses such as Introduction To PC Troubleshooting, and Creating Web Pages.
In Creating Web Pages, I had my first introduction to jpgs, gifs, HTML and how to lay out a successful web page. I completed all of these courses successfully. They gave me an overwhelming amount of information, as a beginner. Some of the fog started lifting but it seemed like the more I learned the more questions I had.