These are not idle questions. I often look back to the days when I was making a decision about going to college. I’ve thought about my decision-making process and wondered if I had dreams of becoming rich, developing a special level of knowledge in a particular field, or just going because it was the thing to do. The answer, which isn’t all that unusual for an 18-year-old, is that I went to college because I was recruited for a sport: tennis. Back in my day, at my high school, if you were recruited for a sport other than football or basketball, that was remarkable. It was hard to resist a situation like that because you had ideals about some other path through (or reason to go) to college.
Originally, I wanted to go to a tech school. I took an admissions test for a place called Computer Systems Institute and was admitted. This was back in the days when mainframe computers were the size of small houses and generated enough heat to melt glaciers. I often wonder how my life’s path would have developed had I moved onto the (almost) “ground floor” of the computer era. It wasn’t to be, though. I went to a four-year college, played my tennis, and followed the long and winding road that brought me to where I am today began.