Profile: Joe Connor
After leaving school in 1974 Joe started an engineering and design career. As an early-adopter of all things technical, bought a Vic20 home computer in 1982 and learnt to code in BASIC and assembler so he could understand how computers and software works. Joe reckons that's the secret:
Start early and learn from the ground up
In mid 1980's London, Joe's career as a product designer and modelmaker led to winning the 1990 BBC Design Award as part of the Sams Design team. Leaving London to raise childen, while his wife pursued her banking career, Joe was the only dad at the school gates and his next huge learning experience!
Joe was invited to share his design expertise and lectured part time, in 3D Product Design at Colchester Institute, for eight years while contributing articles to various newsstand magazines. In 1997, along with fellow Atari enthusiasts, Joe helped launch Atari Computing magazine. He was editor and contributor until after the millenium.
Joe asserts his formative experiences have made him a specialist in general knowledge - which seems like a contradiction but Joe explained:
When researching new topics I spot the underlying principles and key facts fast.
Joe enjoys sharing his expertise through ADDucation. In common with many men of a certain age he loves lists! Joe always has a new lists in progress and he also helps maintain ADDucation's existing lists. Thanks Joe!