Corey Brockman Merrill
February 13, 2021
Would you like to visit our classroom over Zoom?
Hello Mr. Pinkwater,
My name is Corey Merrill and I am a 3rd grade teacher in Somerville, Massachusetts. Earlier this year I read The Hoboken Chicken Emergency to my class as a read aloud. My class LOVED it, as did I. It’s hilarious.
I have been remote teaching all year, and honestly we could really use some excitement. Would you like to Zoom into our classroom for a short visit? It could be a Q and A. My kids would absolutely lose their minds with excitement, and so would I. It would be a thrill to have you.
I hope to hear from you soon!
Well, here's the thing. I started using a computer as a writing machine in 1981. I worked with my TRS80 and Scripsit (the word processor) all day, and didn't feel too much like playing with it at night. Email was useful, of course. I did it in DOS. A computer magazine sent me a computer that was supposed to be easy to set up so I could write an article about whether it was easy. It was. This computer came with Windows, which was sort of new at the time, and it had colors. However, I already owned a television, so the only time I looked at Windows was when I set the machine up so I could write about it. The next time I looked at Windows, was the first time I ever looked at a website...and it was this one! Anyway the primitive ancestor of this one. Webmaster Ed had sent me an email, which I read in DOS, white letters on a black background, asking me if it was alright if he created a Pinkwater website. I think he may have been 15 at the time. I said sure. Later he emailed me again to say the website was created, so I invoked Windows and had a look at it. It was already a good website, though I just assumed, having no basis for comparison. I found some other uses for the computer, but not many, and I went from using a cassette recorder to those big floppy disks made of vinyl and paper, and I had to install the drives myself, which meant opening up the case of the computer, which looked like a Hong Kong radio inside, with my feet on a slightly damp towel, to discourage static electricity, and a ground wire attaching me to a heating pipe by the ankle. Good times. What is Zoom?