In last week’s column I wrote about the evolution of television and the part that technology has played in allowing me to follow sports of all kinds. In 1958 I was thrilled to be able to watch one baseball game of the week on a 13 inch black and white television. Today if I have the financial resources I can watch virtually every single sporting event in the world, including my personal favorite, corn hole, on a flat screen television the size of a garage door. Boy, now that’s progress, or is it?
You might be surprised to learn that I was actually in on the introduction of the computer to Tehama County. In 1964 at age 19, Bruce Sale and I were janitors at the Diamond International Corporate Offices located on Diamond Avenue.
I am not sure why but along with clerical staff, Cherry Smith Mealer, Helen Robson, Plant Comptroller C.C. “Red” Caylor and Plant President, Bill Jones, Bruce and I attended a weekend seminar where we got the lowdown on a brand new wiz bang computer bigger than a travel trailer. That sucker spit out one punch card after another and likely failed to provide the amount of information contained on the single iPhone I carry today.
Both Bruce and I mastered that class far quicker than every Diamond representative in the class including the Big Wheels of the company. At least that’s the way I remember it.
When I when to work at the probation department in 1968 we were still using manual typewriters along with a behemoth looking copy machine that…