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how does a 21 year old get identified as having an aptitude for computers when there was only 7 in the whole country??? Sounds like a right-place / right-time sort of story...

Step one: my dad* got me a summer job at IBM, the kind of jobs students get (internship? I don't know what it's called in English).

Step two: they must have liked what they saw because when I applied for a real job two departments fought over me! :)

They did have aptitude tests back then and I was really good at taking tests. It was the right job for the right guy, I absolutely loved it and was pretty good at it.

Denny Schlesinger

* My dad had a hotel around the corner from IBM and people from IBM frequented the place, great food! Before my dad took over it was the American Club so it was familiar to the US managers.
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