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When we moved to Boulder, Colorado, a friend of mine from UCSD and his wife also moved out; Rod and Michelle who had both graduated from MIT. Rod and I got an office together under my company name of Flying Duck Computer. We went over to a nearby accountant and talked with him and he suggested we form a corporation. We did and that was the birth of Flying Duck Computer, Inc.

After leaving Kaypro I worked as Flying Duck Computer, a company that was me and my computer using my spare bedroom as an office. For the next few years I went around between small contracts, device driver related ones in particular.

In the mid 1970’s while in Junior High I began to get involved with computers, playing Star Trek on a teletype connected to a time share computer run by the San Diego school district. From there I went on to programming (storing programs on paper tape) and fooling around with electronics. I was also a boy scout which led me to an Explorer post involved with computers. The Explorers is a branch of the Boy Scouts for older kids with a more vocational focus. In this case the Explorer post was in a Control Data facility up in northern San Diego County. Once a week a number of us would go up there to be able to run programs on real computers, minicomputers, each of which was small enough to fit into a space roughly the size of a one car garage. We would program on punched cards, take it over to the computer and run the job through then see what would spit out on the line printer.

After graduating college I did some work with others who had been involved with AFB, particularly Warren Wise who formed “Wise computing”. There was a fair amount of part time work there, but not enough to pay the bills.

In the summer of 1983 I went in to interview with Kaypro corporation in Solana Beach, just north of Del Mar, California. Kaypro had started off as a manufacturer of electrical testing equipment but had then started making “portable” computers, particularly the Kaypro II. This was a microcomputer with a built in screen and keyboard and pair of 5 ¼” disk drives. Its big claim to fame was its durability. At one trade show, the sales guy had stood on top of one to show how rugged it was. The computers were built inside sturdy cases with a carrying handle – hence portable.