The Invasion of the Body-Snatchers
Sounds like the title of a Science Fiction movie, doesn’t it?
But it wasn’t – I was thinking over my past (I have a lot of time for that, now) and remembering my first days in the Computer Industry – in 1980.
I had worked for 20 years as an Electronic Engineer – which meant that I knew about vacuum tubes – in and out. But semiconductor technology made vacuum tubes obsolete – and Electronic Engineers, with them. I was without a job, and running out of money.
I decided to become a technical writer – I had a technical background, from my father – and I could write, a skill I got from my mother. And there were jobs in Computers – so I went to work for them.
Right away, I knew something was not right. The Body-Snatchers were at work – and they were snatching the company I was working for. The same thing the pirates had been doing for centuries.
I know this sounds weird, but that that is the easiest way of describing it – I could fill you in on the technical details – but they would bore you. The companies these guy were after were not helpless blond maidens, pictured in the Comic Books, but they were worth money. Once the pirates had the money, the blondes would easily follow.
And this happened for twenty years – at company after company – and is still going on.
The body they are after, even if you were an attractive young woman – is something more seductive – the taste of money – or even more bluntly – power.