February 10, 2003 - University of Wisconsin: Turkey RPCV David Wilson is computer programmer at the Waisman Center

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Turkey RPCV David Wilson is computer programmer at the Waisman Center

Turkey RPCV David Wilson is computer programmer at the Waisman Center

Welcome to David Wilson's Homepage.

David L. Wilson Waisman 543A, 608/263-5899 Tue., Wed. PM, Thu.
Home: 608/233-7211 CAE 192 , 608/265-3879 Mon., Wed. AM, Fri.


address2: 1500 HIGHLAND AVE MADISON, WI 53705

I work as a computer programmer at the Waisman Center and as a technical writer at CAE. I grew up in Milwaukee (Pulaski High School). My degrees are B.S. in "Applied Mathematics and Engineering Physics" from UW-Milwaukee in '65; M.S. in Math from UW-Milwaukee '66; M.S. in Computer Sciences from UW-Madison '67; and "all but dissertation" in Computer Sciences from UW-Madison. I first worked at CAE (then called the Engineering Computing Lab) in '66. From '67 through '69 I served in the Peace Corps in Ankara, Turkey. I taught calculus and programming at METU (Middle East Technical University) there. I started working for the Waisman Center in '74 and have worked the two half time jobs every since.

During the 1970 TAA (Teaching Assistants Association, AFT, AFL-CIO) strike, I decided to just picket rather than strike. I was on their executive committee as the Engineering area representative. I was back in Turkey for the summer of 1970 writing a student records system for METU at the time of the Sterling Hall bombing. Still pro-union, I dropped my membership in the UFAS (United Faculty and Academic Staff, AFT, AFL-CIO) to save money and joined the unaffiliated WUU (Wisconsin University Union) and MASA (Madison Academic Staff Association). Still a socialist, I dropped my membership in the Socialist Party, USA in 1994. On the other hand, I own stock--my first purchase was Computer Science Corp. in 1974. I have been an entrepreneur, selling an early Macintosh spelling checker through a partnership called "Champion Swiftware." Sometimes, I even listen to Rush.

I have never drunk (alcohol that is) and never smoked. Sometime during the 70s, I gave up eating red meat because mammals are relatively intelligent animals. Thus, for me, pork is not the "other white meat." In 1996, I give up caffeine due to an irregular heart beat. Even though I play sheepshead (the German card game schafkopf) regularly, I do not gamble.

My wife, Ann (married '71) has a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from UW. She retired from being the director of Wingra School in Madison (an independent progressive K-8 school) in 1998. She currently teaches a Children's Literature course at Edgewood College. We have two daughters, Sonja (born 1978) and Lydia (born 1981). Lydia is a National Merit scholar and a senior at Bryn Mawr. Sonja was a National Merit finalist and All-State Scholar, finished 2.5 years at Bard College and is now at Edgewood College. We are Quakers, even though Ann and I were both Unitarians in our youth.

My niece, Heather Shively, is CEO of CapitalThinking, a leading application software company for the commercial real estate finance industry and other financial services sectors.

At home we have a Macintosh Performa 6214CD computer. My first computer was an S100 bus system I built from a kit from the now defunct Digital Group. We owned a Lisa computer from 1984 to 1999, which we ran as a Macintosh.

I first started programming in 1963 at UW-Milwaukee. We had an IBM 1620.

IBM 1620 Performa
Memory 0.01 Megabtyes 16 Megabytes

Disk None--everything loaded Hard disk, floppy & CD
from cards each time

Speed Slow 200,000 times faster

Input Indirect--punch cards on a Keyboard
keypunch and feed into
computer's card reader

Printing Indirect--computer punched Laser Printer
cards which were listed by
a tabulating machine

Display Typewriter Monitor

Editing Off-line--update cards in On the computer
the input card deck

Cost $500,000 in 1995 dollars $2,500 w/laser printer

Size Pickup truck TV set

Programming the IBM 1620 was bizarre by today's standards.

On the Web, I maintain the College Football Performance Rating System and the College Football World Wide Web Site.

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