My First Computer: Vic 20 by Commodore
by Phyllis Irene Radford
More years ago than I like to think about, my son was in 3rd grade and his school just received a grant to buy 3 computers for the entire school. Who would ever need more?
Um… Hubby and I decided that maybe our little baby boy needed a computer of his own so he could keep up. We went looking and found an entry level machine that we could almost afford. The Commodore Vic 20. No hard drive. We could buy rudimentary games on a plug in like a mini VCR or save data to a cassette tape drive. LBB subscribed to a magazine and started typing in programs in Basic language.
When he graduated to a Commodore 64 the good time began for him. I inherited the Vic-20 as a word processor. This was about the time I started taking my writing seriously. Remember the part about no hard drive and only a cassette tape for storage? I could get only about 2000 words at a time. 14 pages in manuscript format. At the time I thought I was writing romances and standard chapters were 20-25 pages.
Fortunately by the time I knew I’d outgrown the Vic LBB had graduated to an Apple II and I got the Commodore 64. 5.25 floppy discs. I could get half a novel on one. Or two. I have always been wordy. Life became good.
And LBB now works for Intel as a computer engineer. He makes a lot more money than I do.