Among the 1,939 former students and faculty featured on our Gies College of Business-powered ‘UI at 150 & Beyond’ website: 1999 College of LAS alum and 2010 Central Illinois Business Magazine Forty Under 40 Man of the Year MARK PALMER.
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Take it from former Holy Cross Crusader and Champaign Central Maroon Mark Palmer: The perks of being a ’70s and ’80s townie turned ’90s UI student were many.
“Illini sporting events and tailgating. World-class arts and entertainment at Krannert Center. Cruising Campustown for some Taco John’s, a movie at the Co-Ed or Thunderbird, or spend your hard-earned pocket money at Record Service or Space Port.
“And, of course, access to games on PLATO computers,” says the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism’s chief counsel.
Story #1,929 on @news_gazette/@giesbusiness UI-150 site comes from @LASillinois/@Unit4Schools alum @palmerlaw, on perks of growing up in @champaigncity: ‘In the 1980s, access to PLATO computers to play learning games was a hit with kids of all ages.’ More: https://t.co/vdt8sa53AE pic.twitter.com/RftdHlVLuQ— Jeff Dalessio (@jeffdalessio) November 18, 2019
“In the 1980s, access to PLATO computers to play learning games was a hit with kids of all ages in Champaign. Our parents would drop us off by the now-gone tennis courts just north of Talbot Lab, where a windowless room and the soft orange glow of a couple dozen computer screens welcomed us.
“I still remember the login code of ‘yr6’ to get to the game menu, which included hangman; pinball — with math; and pizza shop — learning fractions; to name just a few.
“Fast forward about 10 years to 1994, when I’d find myself a freshman in LAS. I was back on campus and back in front of a computer, only this time it was at the Lincoln Hall computer lab — just at the top of the stairs of the main lecture hall — and in front of a Power Macintosh 6100. I was surfing the web on Mosaic, checking my email with Pine, and chatting online using Telnet with my best friend, who was a freshman at Wake Forest.
“We were cutting edge. The latest edition of The Onion could wait — this was important stuff.
“Now, 25 years later, my wife and I are raising our two daughters in this same micro-urban, university-based community of Champaign-Urbana we love. With the same great resources, technology included, and people who make it all possible. One can only imagine what opportunities await them at the University of Illinois.”