When we were up in Boise with my son recently, he brought this out and proceeded to give us a demonstration. The Commodore VIC 20 came out in 1982 at which time my son was 14 years old. He is now 39. We were much more impressed with his abilities now than we were back then, having no idea then what he was doing or what it took to figure it all out.
This is the photo I took of the screen in May, just to prove it was all in working order. He hadn't brought it out for years. At the time, Space Invaders, an arcade video game was all the rage. Not that I knew anything about it. He decided to program his own version of the game.
These are the characters Owen programmed for his own version of Space Invaders. And yes, the game still works after all these years. He was pretty pleased with himself then and now. Now I know what he was doing up in his room for hour upon hour, day after day. This game was the end result.
Not bad for a fourteen year old in 1982.
He did go on into computers as a career, but when the tech slump hit, he was out of a job, though I must say they gave him very good severance pay for 6 months.
Today he has his own business of Property Management which he started from scratch. He didn't want to go back into computers because, he said, as soon as he got something working satisfactorily, the company moved him into teaching it. He is very much a hands on guy so he was somewhat frustrated with this.
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