Mr. Petrell was my high school Social Studies teacher who told my class you can’t write a term paper using the encyclopedia.
What Mr. Petrell didn’t know is that when you have access to CompuServe’s Grolier’s Electronic Encyclopedia, your definition of an encyclopedia is different: not only is it more up-to-date and comprehensive than its printed counterparts, you can download the text and paste it into WordPerfect and use it as the scaffolding for your paper.
I did (!) which led to a seminal moment in my life: if the world had the same access to the information at their fingertips it would change knowledge forever. And when America Online (AOL) blitzed our country with cheaper, and even easier ways to access the whole world’s information just a few years later, the Digital Revolution was fully upon us and I wanted to be part of it.