Computers for children

From: Ward Donald Griffiths III <>
Date: Tue Jan 12 22:27:18 1999

Doug Yowza wrote:
> On Tue, 12 Jan 1999, Ward D. Griffiths III wrote:
> > Well, I was reading before my fourth birthday, but there weren't any
> > (kid accessable) computers in 1959. I had to use paper.
> You wouldn't have had to use paper if you had been reading the right mags.
> I know of at least three distinct computer-like things that were available
> for under $40 in 1959: the Geniac/Tyniac/Brainiac (I'll count those as
> one), the Calculo analog computer, and the Microlog.

When I was 3-4 years old, those magazines weren't available to me and
I didn't have much spare cash anyway. And I didn't develop interest
in mathematics until 3rd grade, when my teacher introduced me to it
in an attempt to get me to start passing arithmetic. (I went to
college as a mathematics major, but I _still_ hate arithmetic -- it's
why I carried my slide rule through high school, and hated that I
couldn't afford $400 for an HP-35 my junior year, it was faster and
_lighter_ than that 10" Pickett in leather case).
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