Blast from the Past day on Google+:
Our first computer, c.1983:
We got this near the end of its run, the Commodore 64 having already appeared. As I have mentioned before, we can thanks a salesperson at Macy’s, where we bought the machine … I wanted a Timex Sinclair 1000, which would have quickly become a doorstop. He recommended the VIC-20 because it had a real keyboard. The two most important things, personally, to come from the VIC-20 were that we went online for the first time with the addition of a VIC modem, and I was published for the first time when a BASIC program I wrote showed up in COMPUTE!'s Gazette. The day after I quit working in the factory, a check arrived for something like $1500 for that little program.