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STILL Awaiting a photo

(18OCT2000)

John emailed me and John Milton  Friday 15 SEP 2000:
John - I got your letter the other day. Yes, I have been pretty slack in not getting back to Dayle previously, and for that I apologise.  In fact, I have been flat out for most of this year at work (Y2K, then a takeover and then GST just to top it all off). However, I have now taken some leave (3 months in fact), so I now have a bit of time to myself.  Unfortunately, I don't have a picture I can send you - for one thing, I always seem to be on the other side of the camera, and for another, I don't have a fancy digital camera or a digitiser.  Nevertheless, I can give you some details of what I have been doing for the last 35 years or whatever.  I was lucky enough to get a Commonwealth Scholarship and went off to Adelaide Uni straight after the apprenticeship finished and did a combined Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical).  I got a cadetship with the Department of Supply (as it was then) during the last year or so to help pay the bills.  I spent a number of years at WRE after Uni and (amongst other things) worked on Project Jindalee (Stage A), spending quite a lot of time in Alice Springs.  In about 1978, I left and joined Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) working as a Software Specialist.  By about 1988, I had been promoted to the position of Principal Support Specialist, and was travelling all over the place, rarely spending more that a week at home in a month.  Needless to say, I couldn't keep up that pace and chucked in the towel.  About the end of 88, I met Lesley and we eventually got married in Feb 89.  Without a doubt, the best thing that ever happened to me.  I had a job at Elders at this stage, in their Videotext department.  Videotext is best regarded as the precursor to the World Wide Web.  Elders system was called Farmlink and had lots of stuff for farmers (eg weather reports, stock prices, fertiliser calculators, email and so on).  Towards the end of 89, Elders sold off this business to a mob in Melbourne.  We could all keep our jobs if we wanted to move to Melbourne.  Anyway, this lead me to start working in the MIS department at Bridgestone in Jan 1990.  I have now been there over 10 and a half years and I am thinking its time to move on again.  I would like to be able to retire like you John, but unfortunately, it seems to be desirable to eat once in a while, so it looks like I will have to keep on working for a while yet - bummer!  Anyhow, that's about my lot.  Lesley and I have no kids, 4 cats, a couple of birds and about a dozen goldfish of various types.  

Cheers - John Mackenzie

Island Lagoon (c 1963) with Geoff Geue enjoying the view

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