My first exposure to a computer was at work, where we just purchased an Apple Lisa with Twiggy drives. I fought against it because our dedicated word processor was everything I needed. Prior to that, I had been exposed to mainframes and terminals in college (which I found to be horrific).
Within one day, I became the primary user and advocate of the Lisa. The notion that I could duplicate rounded-corner boxes in an organization chart was just magic. I manually populated a memory board and we upgraded our Lisa in various stages up to a Lisa 2 and ultimately a Macintosh XL (was that ex-Lisa?) with the video toggle switch under the casing.
The rest is history. I became a long-time advocate for Macs and even lost business opportunities and jobs due to my advocacy of “choice.” Back then, the corporate folk wanted to impose a single PC standard because they had no idea how to support Macintoshes and/or feared that their expertise would not be needed.
Yes, I read every issue of MacUser, MacWEEKLY, and even user manuals. My computer use was more of a hobby and business tool than anything else, not my primary job.
In the 1990s, I joined BMUG and became somewhat involved there. I was one of the SysOps on the FirstClass system. I produced some of their CD-ROMs. Most importantly, I met some wonderful people there and shared their enthusiasm for Macintoshes.
Most of my career was in government, primarily as a financial and management consultant, but about a decade ago, I started my second career: I became a school teacher! It’s the first environment I’ve worked where I have been able to use my own computer without scorn or derision. So, I use a MacBook Pro instead of the Chromebook that the school assigned to me. Yes, there remains a need for DVD drives. Yes, there remains a need for ports. I wish that Apple would revert to their old User Interface Guidelines. They have broken them so badly that Mac use has become almost as problematic as Windows (from a user’s perspective).