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  • Gord Hulbert
    I thought I detected a British accent . Welcome aboard. ... From: Alan Cassley To: dist-gen Sent: Friday,
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      I thought I detected a British accent<g>. Welcome aboard.

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Alan Cassley" <cassalba@...>
      To: "dist-gen" <dist-gen@...>
      Sent: Friday, August 23, 2002 8:13 PM
      Subject: Computer SIG chairman


      > Hi List
      >
      > Elizabeth Rodier suggested that, as the new chairman of the Computer SIG,
      I
      > should introduce myself to the list.
      >
      > Oh dear!
      >
      > Who am I?
      >
      > I tried the "cogito, ergo sum" approach but didn't get anywhere, so here
      is
      > some background.
      >
      > My two careers were in pipeline engineering, and instructing mathematics
      and
      > physics at SAIT and in the UK. Like many people, my early contact with
      > computers was to use Fortran and BASIC to solve problems, and I actually
      > taught a class in.BASIC in the early seventies. (Some of you will remember
      > punched tape and cards.) At early retirement 10 years ago I supplied
      myself
      > with a newfangled desk-top computer, a mouseless 286, and used it to write
      > letters, solve math problems, and play games, and I was happy. Then I
      > started on my family search and just had to have a bigger computer to
      > encompass the joys of the internet. That's when I got into problems and
      was
      > glad of the Computer SIG.
      >
      > I have been a "member" of the SIG for four years, which is when I started
      > my family research, and have learned a lot from the group. In any group
      that
      > I join I like to contribute in some way, and have helped Bill Campbell
      with
      > a couple of his talks on "Genealogy and the Internet", so had to learn
      > something about the subject. I am not by any means a computer expert (ask
      > Gordon Hulbert), but I think that's an advantage in some ways, being in
      the
      > same boat with most of the membership, and therefore being able to
      recognize
      > needs.
      >
      > At the July meeting, after asking a couple of questions about the
      > qualifications necessary to be chairman, I raised my hand to scratch my
      > head, and was immediately congratulated on becoming the new chairman!
      >
      > My family history involves Cornish tin-miners from the 1600's to the
      > mid-19th century, when my ggf, and a brother and sister of his, migrated
      to
      > the Furness area of Lancashire. I am using Brother's Keeper (version 6)
      at
      > the moment, my numbers being relatively few.
      >
      > I am looking forward to working with the remarkable group of experts we
      > have, who give so generously of their time and talents, and to getting to
      > know more of you.
      >
      > Sincerely
      >
      > Alan Cassley.
      >
      >
      > http://www.afhs.ab.ca
      > http://www.family-roots.ca
      >
      >
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