- STARTEXT USER PROFILE -
Edited by ANDY KESLING
USER: ED JACKSON
MAIL CODE: 135
To many of you, Ed Jackson is "Mr. STARTEXT." Somehow, he finds time to write
three columns every week, Computer Corner (COMPCORNER) each Monday and an
opinion piece (JACKSON) twice weekly on Monday and Thursday, not to mention the
letters he processes from subscribers.
The STARNOVEL was his idea, as was the STARVOTE feature. In fact, Mr. Jackson
is continually offering new ideas and suggestions for making the service better.
And without further ado, meet Ed Jackson:
- QUESTIONS -
1. What kind of computer equipment do you own?
I have two Apples, with three disk drives, a Commodore with 1 disk drive,
a Vic-20 with cassette storage, four printers, and more darned fool stuff than
anybody has any use for, such as 2 music systems, a speech synthesizer, an
expansion interface, modem, micro-buffer, a Koala pad, and assorted joysticks,
light pens, and junk, not to mention 3 monitors, two color T.V. sets, and a
hi-fi, just for the computers.
2. What do you use it for mainly?
I think the figure for words processed is running close to 30,000 a month
now, to send to Startext, for 12 columns a month, plus umpteen replies to
letters. Folks who GET my letters would probably swear that the 30,000 mark was
what THEY got. I'm pretty well know for being disgustingly verbose.
Though I buy games all the time, I rarely play them, because I'm so bad at
it. I get them, just to watch the graphics, and clap my hands, like a demented
three year old. When I have the time (rarely) I like to try to program some, in
BASIC, but never learned any other language, unless you count CEEMAC. I have had
three pieces printed in hard copy, and keep trying to break into the market.
3. How long how been a STARTEXT subscriber?
I dunno..... over a year.
4. What do use most on STARTEXT?
My first love is all the contributed columns. I try to read them all.
I read all the major news stories, Brooks, Youngblood, JACKSON, and
COMPCORNER... You want to make something of it?
I send, and receive, lots of mail, and enjoy that feature as much as
5. Personal info: occupation, what are your special interests or hobbies, and
what is your STARTEXT Mail Code?
I operate a computer controlled precision paper trimmer, in a printshop,
and have been in the business for 35 years. I graduated from Paschal High School
in 1948. I am a self-taught keyboard player, and have a Hammond organ, and a
Yamaha electric keyboard. I'm a very poor teacher, and have no talent for it,
but enjoy it. THAT is the ONLY exercise in which I believe.
I am a bachelor, live alone, and, until I met so many people on STARTEXT,
had no friends. Now I have MANY friends, and MANY disks of letters to prove it!
I'm a gadget freak, and my favorite pastime is throwing money away on stuff, and
then trying to find someplace to put it.
My mail code is Mc 135