Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Introducing Winnie Griggs
· I’m the oldest of 5 siblings, and like most first borns, I'm just the tiniest bit bossy and competitive
· Like just about everyone else here, I’ve been a voracious reader for as far back as I can remember. My favorite books as a young reader were the Trixie Belden books. I wanted to be just like Trixie when I grew up. (Of course I never considered the fact that Trixie herself was not a grown-up)
· We had a pet squirrell we kept in a cage indoors that we named Squeeky
· Living in the sticks had its perks, however - my siblings and I had lots of great places to explore and spent many an hour roaming the overgrown land around our place - cutting jungle trails, going on archeological digs, building forts and frontier camps, and looking for pirate ships on the nearby bayou.
· I love puzzles and word games. My favorite subject in school was algebra because the assignments always felt like fun puzzles to solve.
· I went to an all girls high school and was one of the wallflower-nerd types. But the science teacher took a poll at the end of my junior year to find out who all wanted to take Physics in our senior year. As it turned out only four of us expressed an interest. So rather than offering a class, they decided to ship the four of us to the all boys school down the road for one period a day. For that one year, I became the envy of many of the ‘cool’ girls.
· I majored in Math in college but had no idea what one did with a math degree. I eventually discovered Computer Science in my Sophomore year and added that as a minor (there was no degree in computers at that school back in the dark ages of my university days) - I had found my calling!
· Because I was so terrified of public speaking I actually took 15 hours of a foreign language (Spanish) to avoid taking 6 hours of Speech. These days, though I don’t profess to be the most dynamic speaker, I happily present writing workshops 4-5 times a years at various writing conferences.
· When I graduated from college I got a job as a computer programmer with an electric utility company. And though I received a number of promotions and transferred to a number of other departments over time, I worked for that same company, on the same floor of their headquarters building for the next 35 years.