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I thought I'd made the biggest mistake of my life!
In 1972, I was hired as a GS-4 computer operator, leaving a comfortable mechanic's job. My first IBM was the IBM 1401 with a card reader/punch, 2 9-track tape drives and an IBM 1403 page printer (chain mechanism). The noise level and stress level was surprisingly high. I was constantly afraid I would break something on this "million dollar" computer and after about an hour I was wondering what the hell I had gotten myself into. In fact, it changed my life and 40 years later, I'm still using and working on computers.