Caitlin and her dad’s Macintosh at The Forman School, Litchfield, Connecticut, around 1986
I was scanning some other old photographs and came across this one, had to scan it and once done, had to tell the story of it.
In 1985 I was hired by a small boarding school for dyslexic high school students to put in a Macintosh lab and design a writing curriculum using Macs for the particular needs of those kids. The person who hired me was Caitlin’s mother Laurie and for the next two years Laurie and I built that early program together. In the process, I got to know her family well and her oldest daughter Caitlin and I became close friends.
Laurie’s husband, Eric was also an early Mac geek and so they had this Mac Plus in a small office that they all shared. When her dad was off at work Caitlin took over.
Caitlin’s family left the school shortly after I did. They moved to Kyoto, Japan for Eric to join a telecommunications laboratory doing research on the physical aspects of making language (he’s a research linguist). Caitlin and her two sisters became fluent in Japanese. We visited them there (pre digital photography) and I have yet to scan the pictures but I hope to at some point.
Caitlin came back to the US for college before the rest of her family and, well, the rest we’ll leave for another story.
Here’s a post I did on her in between these two images: Caitlin laughing.
Of course time marches on and Caitlin and her husband are building a homestead in North Carolina where they live with their sons, dog, chickens, and at least a few iPhones if not a lot more geekery.
Note: I’m guessing I took this with an Olympus XA. Even though I brought a MacVision and surveillance video camera with me from Oregon to Connecticut, it was a rather awkward setup for still photography.
Caitlin and Axton, New Woodstock, New York, 2013
My friend Caitlin Bateson and her son Axton at her grandfather’s memorial gathering in upstate New York.
Talk about an “arc of time.” Put the previous picture together with this one and it’s a mind blow.
I’ve known Caitlin since 1985.