Re:Tech Writing: The Second Generation (was Re: The Big Lie (was 'Are You a Writer?'))

Subject: Re:Tech Writing: The Second Generation (was Re: The Big Lie (was 'Are You a Writer?'))
From: "CB Casper" <knowone -at- surfy -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 07 Mar 2002 20:22:32 +0400

My dad taught Community College and started their Computer department,
Sacramento City College FWIW (any graduates from there?). He handwrote
textbooks due to the lack of appropriate materials in the 70's. My mother
took the handwrites and input them into our TRS-80 to send to the publisher.
As time went on, they wrote more books, mom took an larger and more active
role, learning the technology as well as doing graphics and content generation,
dad convinced the publisher to consider her a co-author.

Although I started in the Mechanical Engineering world as a Mfg Engr,
(techwriter in disguise), I have gravitated to the computer TW world,
in my parents footsteps.

I think this qualifies me as a BTW.

(hope that acronym doesn't have negative connotation in another context!)

Maggie Secara wrote:
>>Just to throw in the exception... My dad's degree was in education, and he was a
>>junior high science teacher/freshman basketball coach in Downer's Grove, IL,
>>when a small aerospace company moved him (and us all) out to California to be a
>>technical writer in the middle '50s.
>Thus making Maggie, in the parlance of the Society of Friends, a
>Birthright Tech Writer--the first I've ever heard of. Anyone else out
>there following in a parent's footsteps in this trade?


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