I named my new company Paragon Drafting, because paragon means "model of excellence" or "a perfect example of a particular quality." I wanted people to know that my company would be the best!
Our plotter at the time was a pen plotter. It methodically drew every line in a particular pen weight (thickness) by shifting the paper up and down while the pen moved right to left. It actually drew each drawing like you would by hand. Then it would select another pen of a different thickness, and do it again. It took about an hour to do a single sheet.
The employee had been removing the gunk, just like I was. When he left for the day, everything was fine. But sometime in the night, Voelter had been called by a friend to let him know his building was smoking!
Over that summer, we were slow and didn't have enough work, so I spent a lot of time watching Jeff work. He was very fast and used mostly keyboard shortcuts, and I learned a lot. Later, when many people relied on buttons, I could speed past them in CAD using the shortcuts.
When I took the drafting class it was the first semester it had ever been offered in CAD or computer automated design. We had those computers with Windows 3.1 and 3.5" floppy disks that we would save our work to.