The Computer Company
Here I will describe my experiences at The Computer Company.
I left my 18 months of study at the University of New Haven and moved to Boston believing that I could find a job as a computer operator and teach myself computer programming. I was successful in these two goals.
I opened the Yellow Pages under COMPUTERS and began cold-calling, asking for an interview. The 4th company that I called was called “The Computer Company,” a small service bureau which specialized in doing payrolls mostly for the restaurant industry.
They data-endered payroll information onto an IBM 3741 key to disk, and then processed it on and IBM Sys3 model 12.
I was hired as a “gopher” (go for this, go for that) for $150 per week, but I began to learn about computer operations, data entry, and RPG-II programming.