Computing Across America, chapter 33 by Steven K. Roberts Lake Livingston, Texas May 23, 1984 Thanks for all the excitement! The owner of the Cafe Texan in Huntsville, after I ate lunch there Amazing what a book contract can do to you. In tiny Toomey, on the edge of Texas, I hung up the pay…

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Computing Across America, chapter 32 by Steven K. Roberts Lake Charles, Louisiana May 16, 1984 This chapter captures the moment I first met a Mac. I had seen the Dolphin and Dorado at Xerox PARC during an Artificial Intelligence conference in 1981… as well as the Star for business on display at NCC ’81… but…

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Computing Across America, chapter 31 by Steven K. Roberts Baton Rouge, Louisiana April 30, 1984 Where it is a duty to worship the sun it is pretty sure to be a crime to examine the laws of heat— John Morley Snapshots of God. To label an empty canvas thus is perhaps a bit ambitious, for…

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Computing Across America, chapter 30 by Steven K. Roberts Hammond, Louisiana April 26, 1984 If you go down to Hammond, you’ll never come back…— The Roches It was to be a basic one-night college-town layover, nothing more. On the way to SLU I stopped at a bike shop and was advised to get in touch…

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Computing Across America, chapter 29 by Steven K. Roberts Slidell, Louisiana April 10, 1984 Science is spectrum analysis; art is photosynthesis Karl Kraus When you live on a bicycle, certain things take on larger-than-life significance. Hills, for example, never mattered much when I drove a car, and back roads were just that: back roads. And…

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Computing Across America, Chapter 28 by Steven K. Roberts April 8, 1984 We ain’t got no accent, man, but ah kin shore tell yore from the noath. — Teenager in Vancleave, Miss. It was a land of spring green, little yellow flowers, and open, windy fields. I rode along with the sudden feeling of being…

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Computing Across America, Chapter 27 by Steven K. Roberts April 2, 1984 (photo above by Dan Burden) Panaceas are a dime a dozen.— Kacy Branstetter The first big issue of the panhandle involved a fork in the road. I pedaled south from fragrant Tallahassee, the dogwoods and azaleas flashing in the sun, flowers brightening even…

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Computing Across America, Chapter 26 by Steven K. Roberts Tallahassee, Florida — March 22, 1984 photo above by Dan Burden The bicycle is a learning machine. — Dan Burden Every subculture has its gurus and pioneers. The early wizards of the microcomputer world were elevated to legendary status within a decade of the industry’s birth;…

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Computing Across America, Chapter 25 by Steven K. Roberts Tallahassee, Florida — March 18, 1984 photo by Dan Burden Now, when I start singing, you duck…— instructions for taking a shower As the miles unfolded, I became increasingly fascinated by the intertwined threads of connections. It was not uncommon to meet someone randomly, crash at…

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Computing Across America, Chapter 24 by Steven K. Roberts Anastasia State Park March 6, 1984 Travel makes a wise man better but a fool worse.— Thomas Fuller I awoke in my tent, confused by the insistent sound that pierced the night and shattered my dreams. I was still groping for the telephone with a sleepy…

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