How It All Started

It was about 3:00 A.M. in Salt Lake City, Utah. The year was 1986, might have been spring. I had just finished performing a solo music and comedy show at a Fraternal Order of Eagles club. I needed to print out some promotional materials, so I headed over to the all-night Kinko’s copy shop.

I was complaining (I do that a lot) to the guy behind the counter about how much trouble I had using a three-ring binder to keep track of all the clubs I was playing. He said, “Oh, you need a database.”

I said, “What’s that?” And he proceeded to show me FileMaker.

Well, I had just bought a Mac Plus computer so I could make MIDI music. It wasn’t too much of a leap to buy the FileMaker software to experiment with.

Here’s how running ...

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