Robert Campbell’s special award is being used again to award myself a prize for this special one-day-only edition of Dork Yearbook.
Greg Cohen: “Here I am, I think in 1980, using NYU’s Physics’ department’s mainframe. It was an HPE 3000 and our teacher’s password was the same as her username. So we did some early hacking. Got called into the principal’s office, where we tried to explain the value of having a good password. I don’t think that helped.”
Eddy Delgadillo used to crush up No-Doz in his Kool-Aid and call it “synthol”.
Eric Archer: “me and my sister checking our myspace on my stepdad’s awesome Apple II in 1984.
then I probably typed a program like this:
10 PRINT “YOU SUCK”
20 GOTO 10”
Bruce Dykes: “Senior year, class of ‘86, Apple IIc. Prior to getting Apples in 1980, the computer lab consisted of a computer simulator, which consisted of a printer drum, a bunch of toggle switches, and some lights. In this picture I might debugging my trig function graphing program (for fun), or debugging my address book database (for class), or more likely, copying a game.”
LMW: “I think this was at some kind of Disney arcade thing in Chicago, I don’t even know what year. Judging by my comically bad hair, I’d say 1999-2000? I thought that visiting Elfwood on a public computer was pretty much the coolest thing. I can’t even believe that my mother agreed to take this photo.”
I don’t care what it is really called, I will be saying “Elfwad” all day today.
Andy Lester writes:<blockquote>Please enjoy this picture of me and my Grandma on Christmas 1979, maybe 1980. The off-brand Simon clone, probably from Radio Shack, is actually my sister’s present, but my mom told me to look like I was playing with it for the picture. Under the Simon clone is the portfolio of the Star Wars Art of Ralph McQuarrie, which was the COOL present.