Principal Software Engineer
I picked up a computing job with Sperry Univac in 1977 while in grad school because we were expecting our first child. It was going to be temporary until I finished school and became a math professor somewhere. Here I am 44 years later.
I learned BASIC via a teletype hookup from my high school to the Twin Cities. I got hands-on time with a room-sized computer at Winona State in the summer of 1970. I wrote a sort of a flight simulator program in FORTRAN on cards. I used a plotter to draw my planets and trajectory, and the dip switches on the control panel for thrust. The computer was so slow that I could operate the thrust in real time - no sleep or wait loops.
Besides 44 years in software, I have 22 years teaching or tutoring part time. This includes being the lead tutor in the University of Minnesota engineering school, teaching English and math in Spanish at a Latino service agency, and teaching math for 12 years at a community college.