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Major Roy James Blakeley (December 10, 1928 - July 22, 1965) - USAF (KIA)
When I was young my dad would say
Come on son let's go out and play
No matter how hard I try
No matter how many tears I cry
No matter how many years go by
I still can't say goodbye
- "I Still Can't Say Goodbye," Performer: Chet Atkins
MP3 audio file/lyrics http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/still_cant_say_goodbye.htm
For a larger image click on the photograph.
[This email will teach you some history of my beginnings of desktop publishing, hopefully in a "light-hearted" fashion for some enjoyable reading by you.
And, besides my mother wants to know where I learned how to do these things! She has taken numerous computer courses and still reaches for the power cord - all too often.
So, here is the story - for her and the rest of the readers.
It all started in the summer of 1984 - twenty years ago, now. The Apple IIc had just come out and was priced somewhere in the neighborhood of $1,000. I really wanted the Macintosh, but could not afford it - but, man the user interface really pulled me over to it, believe me.]
So, I reluctantly (and, with some feelings of “feeling sorry for myself” as I paid for that “little fella”) I purchased the IIc instead.
Why did I buy a computer? Because I was "holed up" in a motel room alongside a railroad track in south Texas negotiating and typing (not digital here) oil and gas leases. The lease forms were easy enough - not more that filling in a couple of blank spaces. But, these folks in Colorado County, Texas (mostly, Germans - good, friendly people) made life difficult for me because they wanted all these "extra" provisions and amendments to their oil and gas leases. So, you can imagine (some of you may be too young to know this), liquid paper and cut and paste were more the norm, than the exception with me in that small motel room. As it happened day after day, I found myself in front of that Brother typewriter cursing until the wee hours of the night.
So, I bought that "little fella," attached a "converter" to that Brother typewriter, and after many hours of "trial and error" and patience from reaching into the toolbox for my hammer (I learned to just use the power cord instead - just give a good yank, and let it die, until I cooled off, ready to have another go at it). I still remember the train whistle of those trains traveling by my room and thinking of the contrast in technologies while sitting there struggling to learn that darn thing.
Why did I stay with it? Combination of psychology (i.e. hard-headed, determination to control my future ... and so on ... and so on) and I needed to produce, produce, produce..... I took one look at that “little fella” and knew immediately how it could change my life, forever (and, looking back - it did). There was no misunderstanding from me - I saw the potential and jump on the wagon for the ride that hot summer day in 1984. I been on that same wagon ever since (fell off a few times, though - as you will know about below). No, sir - no more liquid paper and cut and paste for me. Never again -
"What never?” OK, “ Well, hardly ever" - "H.M.S. Pinafore" - Captain Corcoran's joke, an operetta that opened in London on May 25, 1878, W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, as reported on by David S. Brown, http://hcs.harvard.edu/~hrgsp/productions/hms78/hms78hist.htm
But, it wasn’t until many years afterward that I figured out that instead of less paper, my life became consumed with mounds upon mounds of paper, and more paper, and more .....
And, that is why information and knowledge management has become something that I want to help others with - and, most particularly, from a "user's" perspective of those of us that really need to put that "little fella" to work.
So, put up the hammer, resort to the power cord instead - if you feel the need, every now and then (you know, during those moments of frustration it really was therapeutic for me whenever I gave a good, hard yank of that plug. So, go ahead every now and then and show that "little fella" who's the BOSS, here!)
In any event, my desktop publishing began concurrent with the following email “story” that I wrote in the very early morning hours (again, even after 20 years) to a childhood friend of mine that made a difference in my life. MP3 audio file/lyrics at http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/music_influences.htm
Hello, David - thought you might be interested in this information.
In a nutshell - PDF is pretty cool, because you can transform a document from the original to a "portable digital format/file," then send to someone that doesn't have the same program that created it, and the recipient will be able to recreate a duplicate copy of the original.
This format was originally developed by some Xerox' engineer brains at its famous specialty research group (SPARC). These guys developed PostScript. In those days you had to go to a " 'typesetter' for high print quality". When I worked as a petroleum landman (January 1978 - April 1980) for W. B. (Buz) Sawyer (on the right in this photograph - J. C. (Brownie Johnson) on the left http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/articles/monthly_articles/buz_sawyer_brownie_johnson197912.jpg), McAlester Fuel Company, Magnolia, Arkansas, they had their own typesetter to print oil and gas exploration agreements. This product was developed to control laser printers with ease for this same quality. They were unsuccessful in convincing the Xerox management derelicts to commercialize their invention - so, they left the company and did it themselves.
Oh, by the way, in 1978 - Xerox's laser printer sold for $500,000! Wow, seems I'm really from the "dark ages" as my children affectionately keep laughing and telling me.
Well, for the real story - Steve Jobs with Apple is no dummy, either. In 1985, He convinced these guys (Chuck Geschke and John Warnock) to refine the product to so that "typesetting quality of printout" of paper from its new Macintosh laser printer - the "LaserWriter." This "little fella" cost $700 - which was pretty expensive for the average "joe blow." But, man - nothing like Xerox' 1978 model prices!
Now, another group finished the circle for history to be made in the "desktop printing" history. Supposedly, this next stage was a "stumble" - but, I can't vouch for that part, but they did bring in another partner, a small company called Aldus to develop a software product to utilize the Mac and LaserWriter. The product was called "PageMaker."
And, thus, as they say, the rest is "history."
All of them made big bucks off of this joint venture that literally started PC desktop publishing. Aldus became Adobe. And, they developed the PDF (proprietary, but universally viewed using web browsers with their free plug-in) and TIFF (for imaging, non-proprietary) products.
In any event, the chronology of these email correspondences between me and Leonard will enlighten you somewhat on some of reasons not to depend solely on PDF for communication of knowledge and ideas.
Best Regards, my friend
P.S. I will be giving several 1-hour presentations to the National Association of Royalty Owners (NARO) in Denver on Friday, the 17th of September. I will be doing this "gratis," but as I do on my Web sites (but, they had to purchase my airfare and hotel accommodations instead of going through their usual procedure of speakers presenting an invoice for later re-imbursement. I told them what is on the bottom of my Web site on managing the digital world of documents creation, etc......, as follows:
For the attorneys:
All trademarks and registered trademarks contained in this Web site are the property of their respective owners. Besides, I'm poor - so leave me alone. I'm giving away the only thing I have of value to others.
At first they said, "Well, we've never done it this way, before." And, of course, being an old soldier from the "corporate world" - I knew better than that. In any event, it was done - as I requested.
So, I hope this leaves you with a lttle humor, knowledge, information, and history to go about your day. So long! Adios! Sayonara! And, most importantly - "stay the course."