Re: Computer SIG chairman
- 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,
> 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
> some background.
> My two careers were in pipeline engineering, and instructing mathematics
> 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
> 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
> 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
> I join I like to contribute in some way, and have helped Bill Campbell
> 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
> same boat with most of the membership, and therefore being able to
> 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
> the Furness area of Lancashire. I am using Brother's Keeper (version 6)
> 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.
> Alan Cassley.
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