My dad was a geek. It wasn't until recently that I realized all that he did for me in terms of technology skills, but since his passing in March, it's all starting to come back to me. In the early 80s, he got me using a Commodore 64. Eventually, we were using an IBM compatible desktop 486 from Leading Edge, while my mother still swore by her 75lb IBM Selectric typewriter (both relevant and marketable skills, depending on the context). He helped me understand floppy discs and how to install and run computer games. But, by the time I got my first Nintendo, our technology interests seemed to part ways, as more and more products were designed to speak to my age-range specifically. Meanwhile, my dad climbed the ranks of the science world from 9-5 and on numerous trips around the country/world.
Thanks for everything, Dad.
("Hal") Guard, Ph.D. retired award-winning scientist with the Office of
Naval Research (ONR) for achievements in environmental programs, equal
opportunities for minorities and women; and with Historically Black
Colleges and Universities, died March
16, 2014, at Carlton Plaza Assisted Living in San Leandro, CA, after
several years living with Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease.