PLACE Designers | Floppy Discs and Tractor Feeds

One of the reasons why I was offered a job (really it was out of the kindness of their hearts) was because I had taken a drafting class in high school.  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.  It took 3-5 minutes to save and frequently it crashed and you lost all your work.  Prior to that I had really only used the computers at school to play Oregon Trail.  At home we used a word processor called Display Write 2 to type things and print them on our tractor feed printer.  We also played Commander Keen and Ducktails.

In drafting class my cousin and I were among the fastest and we would finish our assignments with much time left in the period.  We would then play snakes, ski free, or that gorilla game where you throw bananas.  This was probably distracting to the rest of the class but we didn’t notice.

This class, however, turned out to be a good thing for me because both of these firms had been considering the switch to CAD and I was right there with a (minimal) knowledge of the programs.  Right place, right time!

More to come soon.  If you want to get in touch please let me know!  Thanks for reading!

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