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    Default Greeting from Junction City, Oregon, USA

    Greetings to one and all

    Name here is Ross, I started out using a TRS-80 Model I and taught myself Basic and Assembler, way back in the late 70s.

    I was a Recruiter for the US Army in Irving Texas when an Army General came through doing an inspection, he spied my Model I in the back office and asked for a demo of what I was using it for. From that demo he asked me to become his personal programmer promising to send me to all of the Army schools (and civilian) to become a COBOL programmer on a UNIVAC system. He kept his promise and not only did he send me to the COBOL school he sent me to FORTRAN and JCL schools as well and several others. Needless to say that started my new career.

    I retired finally in 2011 as a GS-12 civil servant, as a Information Systems Security Officer.

    I am now trying to remember my "childhood" (I was 29 years old) with the TRS Computers.

    Look forward to Tandy Systems, S100 and the like discussions.

    Cheers and ttfn

    Ross

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    So, did you enjoy some lutefisk at the Scandinavian Festival?

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    No sorry I didn't. I live about 7 miles west of JC, have a small farm and I am now a bee keeper (it's harvest time). Just couldn't get the rest of the family interested.

    Ross

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    You've done well for yourself. I still have my Model 1 and added a 4 and 4P.
    Rick Ethridge

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck(G) View Post
    So, did you enjoy some lutefisk at the Scandinavian Festival?
    Enjoying lutefisk is a relative thing. My parents were 1st generation Americans of Norwegian descent. Lutefisk was a Christmas staple - for the old folks!

    I eat it now on a dare for money

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    Probably best that you're not Swedish--you might be tempted by the Surströmming.

    The JC Scandinavian fest can be a lot of kitschy fun--in years past, I've even played in the polka band...

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    Well I am of Scot-Irish descent (run around in a kilt) so I feel the same about Haggis, Now a good Shepard's Pie that is a different story. Spent 5 years at US Army NATO in Belgium and would spend my weekends in the UK blasting around on my Goldwing. Got to try all kinds of British fare and Curry is another I would have to be paid to eat

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck(G) View Post
    Probably best that you're not Swedish--you might be tempted by the Surströmming.

    The JC Scandinavian fest can be a lot of kitschy fun--in years past, I've even played in the polka band...
    I went to plenty of Sons of Norway events in my youth

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