TV back in the 1970s wasn’t like TV today. We only got two (English) channels in those days and more often than not, shows I liked to watch would get preempted by “A Special Presentation”. It was on one of these days, when I was about 10 or 11 that I found myself with nothing interesting to do. I decided to pull some books off of my dad's bookshelf at random and started reading. My dad had a set of three electronics books from Howard W. Sams. These were "99 Electronic Projects", "5 Minute Electronic Projects" and "How to Build Electronic Projects". As luck would have it, it was these I pulled that day. I am not sure why my dad bought these books, because as far as I know, he never got into electronics. After an afternoon's read, I managed to memorize all the schematic symbols and after that, I was hooked. I could not wait to get cracking on building my first electronic project. These three books kindled my interest in electronics, a hobby I still enjoy very much.
Charles Baetsen holds a Bachelor and a Master's degree in Engineering Physics from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada.