Dr. Art goes on hiatus

The New Year will be with us in a few days and with the New Year comes changes. One of these changes is that this likely is my last column in The Tustin News.

The genesis of this column is rather interesting. It was the outgrowth of a conversation at a Tustin Tiller Days event in 1997. Paul Danison, the Team Leader and Jill Leach, the Tustin News Editor, invited me to write something for their newspaper. The subject would be up to me. In the past I had published a few articles for Bill Moses, the long time publisher of The Tustin News. So I thought this could be fun.

My first article appeared November 4, 1997 and concerned computers and computing. I implored people to keep learning and exercise their neurons. At the time I was teaching computers for the Tustin Area Senior Center and was hoping to introduce students to the new, wonderful world of on-line computing. I thought my columns would assist in this endeavor.

Now, some seven years later, I hope that my efforts have helped readers, young and old, to better enjoy the computing experience. So much has changed in the intervening years. For a number of years we focused on how to make our “gray boxes” more powerful. Now the emphasis has changed to how we interact with the wide world from our keyboards, cellular telephones and personal digital assistants. Most of us have high speed Internet connections that have opened up whole new vistas. As Tom Friedman told us, "the world is flat," and we all have become participants in this phenomenon.

Some articles were other than computing when I shared some of my experiences on the high seas in the U.S. Merchant Marine and my love of sailboat sailing here in Southern California. I even believe amateur radio snuck in there also. I have more interests than computing. So, yes, for me it has been fun.

While this column is "on hiatus,” I still hope to see many of you at our regular Friday morning gatherings of ‘Coffee and Computers’ at the Senior Center. Here we hope to keep computer learning alive and the neurons exercised.

As I have paraphrased to Jill Leach these last seven years; “Roses are red, Violets are blue, It’s been fun, writing this column for you.

So, don’t forget, keep the neurons happy, synapses snapping and enjoy computing.


Dr. Art Holub is a long time resident of Tustin and teaches computer and Internet courses at the Tustin Area Senior Center and the Tustin Adult School. Visit his web site at: This column is written to address the computer adventures and concerns of older adults. If you have comments, questions or suggestions for future columns, Email HIM at:

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