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  • His name was Hank. No one was called Hank in those days in Australia. More importantly, no Australian manager would ever consider letting two kids off the street play with the most expensive bit of kit in the shop.

    I asked Hank once if he minded us playing with it and his reply was that he...

    His name was Hank. No one was called Hank in those days in Australia. More importantly, no Australian manager would ever consider letting two kids off the street play with the most expensive bit of kit in the shop.

    I asked Hank once if he minded us playing with it and his reply was that he thought it was a good look for people to see kids playing with it. For the time, he was way ahead of everyone else. In the other stores run by the locals, they were kept behind glass with big "No Touching" signs.

    As an aside, because we could never actually save any of the programs, we became quite quick at typing! We'd end up spending 2 hours typing in the code to play for 1 hour before the store closed at midday on Saturday.

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  • As Michael's co-conspirator in this, you cannot overestimate the amount of "Geeking Out" that occurred. This little black screen and blocky text was a time machine that took us back nearly 40 years to a time when you used to just stare at a TRS-80 and go "Oooooooooh". Incredibly the same...

    As Michael's co-conspirator in this, you cannot overestimate the amount of "Geeking Out" that occurred. This little black screen and blocky text was a time machine that took us back nearly 40 years to a time when you used to just stare at a TRS-80 and go "Oooooooooh". Incredibly the same feelings were evoked even though we both have watches that are more powerful than that machine ever hoped to be.

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  • I completely agree with you. He was a really special manager.

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  • Hi Michael,

    The coolest part of this story is "the store manager [who] didn’t mind a couple of kids spending hours each Saturday morning tinkering away on his demonstration machine..."

    I love people who are generous and trusting like that. I'm sure he knew you kids weren't going to be buying...

    Hi Michael,

    The coolest part of this story is "the store manager [who] didn’t mind a couple of kids spending hours each Saturday morning tinkering away on his demonstration machine..."

    I love people who are generous and trusting like that. I'm sure he knew you kids weren't going to be buying that machine but look at the path his generosity put you on and where it's lead for your life. People like that make a difference in the world.

    Nice story; thanks for sharing.

    Joe

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