It is so much knowledge being a computer scientist.
But to be able to have an innate ability to do something causes
a whole lot more pride. That makes a person stand out. Some
people need the most training and others need little training
and others train themselves. But what matters is success!
Clarence A. Ellis, a Black man, started off poor like Tyler Perry,
but he brought himself up in his success. From nothing to something,
that’s brilliant. He read the computer manuals that come with
machines. He developed an expertise on computers by
teaching himself. So there was a crisis one day.The
project at the company he worked was urgent and
they ran out of new punch cards. Early computers
needed punch cards to entered information so because they
did not have new cards the project stopped. Clarence
was the ONLY one who knew how to reuse the old cards.
He changed some settings on the computer
and this helped the old cards to work just great. That’s
such a brilliant way that he differientiated himself
from others. Teachers recommended that Skip
attend summer programs at univerisities. He did
not have scholarship money, but the pastor at
his church learned about the scholarship at
He studied a lot and did not have much time to do
a lot of the fun things others did. He stayed on campus
to study during the winter and summer breaks. (The man
has a top-notch devotion to his studies. He reminds me
of myself with his study habits because I used to
have to get so much help with math everyday and
on every problem. But yes, I work so much in college
the whole day is about me and my studies.)
There was a computer donated to Clarence’s college.
His task was to set up the computer and he even worked
so hard on that computer he ended stayin overnight and
sleeping in the lab. August 1963, Skip was one of the people
out of the 250,000 who went to Washington DC to hear
Dr. King’s famous known Speech “I Have a Dream”
Clarence’s schooling includes:
Stanford University, the University of Texas, MIT, Stevens Institute of Technology.
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