My first exposure to computers was as a student at the
University of Nebraska in 1966. I had a choice between
learning German, Russian, or a computer language, FORTRAN.
It took me 13 milliseconds to decide which of the three choices
was right for me! The U. of N. had just installed a solid
state IBM 360 computer replacing a tube based Univac. It
took up an entire floor of a building and was programmed with
punch cards. This powerful computer's capacity today would
be dwarfed by a 20 dollar cell phone! I was hooked!
I was the president of
Lenawee PC Users group for about 20 years. While this
project has come to an end, there is a lot of material on the
old club website that
may be of interest.