I can remember the day as clear is if it were just yesterday. I was walking by my boss's office late one winter afternoon at the college where I teach, and he called me into his office. Sitting on his desk was a thin white box with some sort of weird swirl on it. He slid the box across to me and asked, "You know anything about Flash?"

To be honest, as a Director user, what I knew was filtered through the eyes of a Director guy, which meant I didn't know much and what I did know convinced me it was a wind-up toy compared to Director. I replied, "A bit." The boss leaned back in his chair and said, "Well, learn a lot more because you are teaching it in four weeks." This was the start of one of the longest, strangest, and most exhilarating ...

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