Every since me and my sister and all of my cousins were little kids my granpa has told us that he was a computer programmer for American Airlines. He always told us of stories about how he looked in the newspaper in the sixties and saw an ad posted by AA saying that they were hiring computer programmers, and computers were so new that he knew nothing about them and most people didn't even know what a computer was. So my grandpa claims that he went to the interview and got the job. Now this is surely plausable, but it becomes quite obvious that this story is only a story when my granpa tells that he never even graduated high school, knows no math other that simple arithmatic, and it is obvious that he knows much less about computers than the average person now days. Sure he is a a senior and retired and most people that age don't know much about computers, but someone that "programmed" computers for 30 years would surely know a lot about computers, right? This has really been bugging me lateley. Because I talk to him all the time, and I am beginning to learn a lot about programming currently, but when I try to talk to him about the subject it is more like I am telling him about it because it is a one way conversation. I am pretty sure that he doesn't even know a single programming lanuage. Now how is someone supposed to program computers without knowing a language? Wouldn't this handicap require that one knows machine language? Now don't get me wrong, I love my granpa, and I love talking to him. But I don't understand why he would tell everyone this for all these years when it is so obvious that he was not a programmer. He does exagerate about most things that he talks about, but this seems like just a plain lie. When me and my cousins were growing up we knew that he was lying about his job, but we never confonted him about it. He still every once and a while tells stories about his days of programming. I have actually heard him say that when he was working with some computers that used punch cards way back in the day that an actuall insect got caught in one of these puch cards hindering the computer from working properly. Every since this incident it has been called a "bug" in the computer. I mean come on. Sure this happened, it is a famous story, but it didn't happen to him. I don't think that he is completely lieing. He did work at American Airlines for 30 years. And he did cllimb the latter from the very bottom. And I deffinetely think about him as being very successful and basically achieving the American dream, but I am pretty sure that he had a different position than he tells us. I think that he eventually managed a group of programmers. That would be the closest thing to being a programmer that I can think that he actually could have done. And maybee he worked along side programmers in his younger days, but I am pretty sure he has never written a program. This would not bother me as much as it does, but because he doesn't have any real education beyond some high school, he doen't understand the importance of the classes I am taking. He doen't appreciate math, and I don't think he even knows why people learn algebra. To tell you the truth I have a feeling that he frowns on people that go to school to learn all of these fancy things, because after all, he didn't go to school and he was successful. Sorry about the rant, but it is just that I am learning all of these neat things and I would love to discuss some of them with my granpa but I think that he hates hearing me talk about this stuff. Moreover I don't think he understands anything I am talking about. I guess that I should just be as nice to him as I can and tailor the stories I tel himl around simple arithmatic and very simple intuitive physics topics. I actually think that I should just not talk to him about the stuff I am learning at school at all, but what else do I talk about? School is my greatest interest and that is what I like talking about. Oh well, at least I have a grandpa, and one that is nice to me too.