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For me, Winifred "Tim" Asprey was such a person.
While a student at Vassar College
, I met Ms. Asprey
, herself a Vassar
Graduate (1938) had posted a note on a library bulletin board offering a non-credit course in Fortran, a popular computer programming language of that time.
As Ms. Asprey
, visionary that she
was up until her
October 19th, 2007 death at the age of 90, explained computers and computer languages to our very small class, I somehow absorbed it all.
gave us our first assignment, writing a Fortran 10 Factorial.
I did my assignment and handed it in.
My program ran perfectly the very first time.
While handing back the listings, Ms. Asprey
looked deeply at me.
"Who are you?
"I know all my students.
Why haven't I seen you in any of my classes before now?"
My immediate thought was that I had gotten excused from all math and science requirements at Vassar
because I had gone to an extremely advanced high school where I had taken college level math, science and chemistry courses and done very well.
I feared that Ms. Asprey
would now find some reason to block my upcoming graduation for lack of necessary math credits!
Pretty defensively, I asked, "Why?"
saw right through me.
replied, "I have never met anyone who could write a computer program perfectly the first time."
"Well, all it is, is language and logic," I replied, still defensive.
"All it is, is language and logic," she
echoed, at one and the same time teasing and totally delighted.
I would soon discover about Ms. Asprey
greatest talent was developing a mind; and her
greatest joy, putting two or more minds together to see what would happen!
At the end of the non-credit course in Fortran, Ms. Asprey declared:
"There's an IBM recruiter coming to campus in a few weeks.
When Ms. Asprey
ordered you to do something, I had learned, you did it.
As Divine Grace would have it, I felt to travel 4 hours to Poughkeepsie, NY, this past June (2007) and visit Ms. Asprey
It was only natural that Ms. Asprey
would live there when she
herself returned to the Vassar
math department to teach.
I feel so blessed that I was guided to go, and to thank in person, this amazing woman who changed the course of my life.
She laughed delightedly as I shared the incredibly funny story of how I got hired by IBM and many stories of what's happened in my life since, including the many contributions I made to the computer industry while I was an active part of it.
body was quite frail, her
mind was totally alert, active.
was fascinated when I shared with her
how I came to be doing what I'm doing now, including animal communication, spiritual healing, and using the EPFX/SCIO/Quantum biofeedback device.
Genius that she
understood instantly as I explained what I could repeat of its fractal analysis, fourier transform, homeopathic and crystal basis (clearly, not discussions I have with most people!).
Even though I've had nothing to do with the design of the EPFX/SCIO, the device that I use, I HAVE recognized its genius and its pioneering nature ... and with her
delight, I felt proud that somehow I was carrying on a very distinguished Vassar tradition of working with and applying highly advanced, visionary, computer technology!
For most people, I might now say, "Rest in Peace.
But for Ms. Asprey
, I say, tears in my eyes, "Thank you!