IBM, As Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company, Came To Be This Day, 106-Years Ago!
My 3 IBM book.
The ‘SNA’ book, published in 1984, defined my life for the next 25 years.
I started my career with IBM, on Monday, August 26, 1974, at their Research Laboratory in Hursley, England. It was my very first job of any kind. Monday, August 26, 1974 happened to the August Bank Holiday Monday that year. I had sent in my acceptance paperwork for IBM, with my preferred start date, from Bangkok, Thailand — that being where my adoptive parents were living at the time. I had not realized that it was a holiday. IBM had no problem with it and accepted it as my start day, BUT told me not to report for work until the next day, the Tuesday. So, I started my working life getting paid for a day I did NOT work! That is my life.
Since that day, August 27, 1974, IBM was my life, 24×7, for the next 35 years!
I made my living by being an IBM expert. It wasn’t a bad way to make a fairly reasonable living. I have no regrets. I loved everything to do with IBM technology, especially the mainframes. So this is an important day.
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