Alan Goldsbro




Alan Goldsbro


As a 24 year old, my love of computers started with Atari VCS in 1977; however, I never owned one as I was too poor having just got married. To buy my first Atari 400 (Membrane keyboard) I started making and selling leather belts in my spare time and a few years later the money I made from this little enterprise paid for my Atari.

I bought it second hand, canít remember who from but used it for playing Wizard of Wor and no end of other games. I can remember upgrading it to a standard full-press keyboard and adding extras whenever they came out. Iím a little hazy on the actual dates and kit I used to have; I tend to focus on the future Ė not the past.

StillÖ the idea of making money was always strong for me and to get me the next game or bit of software, I started reviewing business software for the Atari. I was hopeless at programming, being absolutely crap at maths but my zest for knowledge was keen and by this time I was working for a company providing YTS training for the construction industry. I started to look how you could use the Atari 400/800/130XE in a business capacity.

The very first review I submitted unsolicited to Page 6 was in 1986 for Printshop by Broderbund. I didnít get paid for this but Les Ellingham thought it was OK for publishing (after he corrected my grammar) and asked me if I wanted to review other software. Iím not going to drag the rest of the reviews up simply because I canít remember what I did, needlessly to say I continued for a couple of years, enjoyed it very much but found it harder to meet deadlines along with a demanding job and raising a family.

Jumping to the present day (January 2005), Iím the CEO of the Standards Setting Body for Hair, Beauty, Nails, Tattooing and Body Piercing. Based in the north of England, we develop occupational standards that are mainly used in NVQs and license our products around the world. We have partners in Spain, Italy, Japan and China and I get to travel all over the world!

One thing for sure, if I hadnít got interested in computers; Iím convinced I wouldnít be where I am now. Iím grateful for the opportunity that was presented to me. I owe Les Ellingham more than thanks for the chance to do something useful.

Alan Goldsbro, January 2005