Computer History VIII

After completing a Ph.D. in food science at the University of Rhode Island in 1981, Cynthia E. Field ( took a job teaching chemistry as a sabbatical replacement at the Community College of Rhode Island. Very few people owned a personal computer in those days - a 64K RAM Apple II Plus cost $2500 - but Dr. Field realized that microcomputers, as they were known at the time, would prove to be a boon to education, not only in the traditional sense of “schooling” but also as tools for lifelong learning.

Cindy’s writing career, which has now spanned more than three decades and resulted in the publication of more than 500 articles to date, began in the autumn of 1981 when she wrote to then Editor-in-Chief Rory O’Connor at InfoWorld asking about the possibility of writing computer hardware and software reviews for the magazine. Within weeks Cindy received an assignment from InfoWorld Senior Editor Carol Person to write two chapters in an IDG (International Data Group) book about educational software.