Seeing Vaughan Rowsell’s comments on the launch of OMG Tech about his mother being an inspiration to him and his brothers has made me reflect on what my parents did for my brothers and me that has lead me to where I am today.
“Back in the ’80s she did something that people thought was crazy – she took out a second mortgage and she bought us computers, and it was one of those best investments she could have ever made,” says Mr Rowsell. ‘It set us up for the rest of our lives.’”
When we moved to New Zealand in the early ’90s, my Dad had a change in direction and set up in Nelson as a freelance graphic designer.
Home computers were just becoming a thing and he bought himself a new Mac (Quadra) setup for his design business.
He anticipated that his Boys would soon be wanting to play with his computer so bought a second Mac for us (an LCII).
We’d grown up in a Waldorf/Steiner environment and up until that point hadn’t had computers—we’d only recently just gotten a TV (with videos only; no actual TV). We grew up playing with sticks and pinecones and building things in the workshop.
Anyway, we weren’t allowed games as young teenagers but we had Photoshop and Freehand (still made by Aldus).
While my friends were watching Louis and Clark, Full House and Friends, I went through my teenage years playing with Photoshop and Freehand.
No doubt this set me on the path I am on today.
Thanks Mum and Dad.