Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Early signs ...


Early signs ...
Originally uploaded by goforchris.
Having read about Ewan's gig at Jordanhill, I couldn't help remembering how, at the age of 13, he was asked to deliver an in-service course to the staff of Dunoon Grammar School on the use of the new Mac computers which had recently arrived. The most memorable incident at this was the moment when he rescued the PT of Learning Support who was holding the mouse against the side of the monitor in an attempt to do something with it. Apparently she found him a sympathetic instructor.
On the back of this success, he subsequently produced a series of idiot's guides to Macs (pictured), which he then sold - I believe at 50p a throw - to his teachers. Years later they were still turning up in drawers - even after the advent of the PCs which took over in latter years. :-(
We should have guessed where he'd end up!

BTW - the photo was *not* part of the Guide - but it *is* contemporary!

2 comments:

  1. You've got an enterprising boy, there, Chris! My own boy (Jonathan, 10) is completely obsessed by Lego. He announced the other day that he wanted to be an architect when he grows up, and a designer. My nephew is currently studying architecture at Robert Gordons in Aberdeen and he says it was Lego that turned him onto the profession, so we'll see what happens.

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  2. The school magazine, which I ran for 15 years, was a great launching pad in these days - the kids on that were the ones who learned to use the Macs for their own ends. Ewan you know of; my other son is at The Guardian now. You'll be in the position to do the same for the next generation - using Web2.0!

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