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I was very shy and introverted, would not mix with other children and suffered from all kinds of health problems (some of them were probably psychosomatic).
The psychologist I was dragged to, told my mother I would always be eccentric.
Other kids thought I was just plain 'weird'.
However, I survived it all, and passed the Common Entrance Examination... so off I went to public secondary school, Harrison College for me.
At Harrison's, I excelled at physics and math, but did not care very much for foreign languages (I was forced to do Latin, French and Spanish!).
Extra-curricular activities at the school were not for me, I preferred my hobbies - boating, music, experimenting with electricity and chemicals !
Fortunately, once again, I survived !
I left school in 1974 (at 17 years old) after obtaining the General Certificate of Education (a locally administered set of examinations, set and supervised by the University of Cambridge, England).
Subjects passed were PHYSICS, MATHEMATICS, CHEMISTRY, FRENCH, ENGLISH and RELIGIOUS STUDIES.
I was advised by the Headmaster to pursue the Advanced level in PHYSICS, MATHEMATICS and CHEMISTRY, but declined in favour of a correspondence course in ELECTRONICS from the National Radio Institute, Washington, D.C.
I received my Diploma in Television and Audio Servicing (with Highest Honors) in December 1976. Between 1976 and 1981, I made a living servicing musical instuments, public address systems and domestic hi-fi equipment, but I continued to experiment and build electronic kits and home-grown projects.
In 1981, I hooked up with a small electronic security firm. They wanted an Electronic's Engineer, but could not afford to pay a professional. Check out my ELECTRONICS page for the rest of that story.
In 1990, I entered the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill campus, to pursue a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science. I had started my love affair with computers back in 1978, check my COMPUTER page for the details of that one.
I have been awarded a First Class Honours from this University in 1995.