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Halloween Costume?

Would any of my coworkers know what this costume represents?

computer programming punch card costume

By Jeanne Stork

I am a special education teacher who supervised a technology lab for twenty five years. The lab had specialized software, adapted mice, additional adapted hardware, and picture symbol communication aids for students whose significant disabilities made it difficult for them to use the general computer lab. I taught students who could not climb the stairs to my lab in their classrooms. I also assisted teachers and other personnel in my school with their technology needs as time permitted. Before moving to the technology lab, I was a classroom teacher with a classroom computer that students and staff could use. Now, I am a semi-retired substitute teacher.

One reply on “Halloween Costume?”

I showed this to a few co-workers who thought that the stick figure was wearing crackers or matzah. I still may make the costume in the future, but now I’m in no hurry. Few people at work are old enough to remember “do not fold, spindle, or mutilate.” The old punchcards seem to be gone and forgotten. Personally, I am too young to have used them, but only by a few years. The computer science program in my first college still had boxes of them in storage. I do remember the green text on monochrome screens. … Unfortunately!


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