Personal computers had not arrived when I changed my college major from physics to government and told Daddy I would continue my science on the side and hire a mathematician when necessary. I had no idea the “mathematician” would arrive as a series of computers loaded with programs that have become essential to the writing and science I have pursued since acquiring an early Radio Shack TRS-80 in 1977. Nor did I know that the model-rocket light flasher based on the travel-aid-for-the-blind project from my senior year at Texas A&M would play a role in initiating the arrival of the PC.

While I was busily pursuing a writing career after leaving the Air Force and MITS, Ed Roberts was working long hours at MITS in a ...

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