My predecessor, like most interns, held this job as a college student and new grad. Her blog posts made me think about one of my first jobs. The year was 1991. There were four offices in my area, with a shared computer in the hall. IMing was new. My boss would IM me from her side of the building, and then run over to tell me she sent a message.
I was pretty popular at work because I was the only person with The Far Side desk calendar. One of my co-workers, who hated mornings, would read my calendar before she went to her own desk. Candy needed Far Side fortification to start the day!
I’ve been contemplating the comics as an early form of social media. People checked in throughout the day to “like” the daily strip, and comment on it. I would post the keepers on the actual wall in my office, with tape. Some co-workers brought their own posts to add to my wall.
Calvin and Hobbes was a favorite, back in the day, and I can see this on the wall:
So now here I am in the future, wondering why I don’t have a flying car.
I’m almost positive this was posted on my wall:
This Peanuts strip would have gotten some likes:
For those of you who are fans of anti-social media, I offer my personal favorite:
(That’s for you, Candy. For your 1991 wall, retroactively posted. I give it a “thumbs up!”)
I left that job in 1992 to attend graduate school in St. Louis, MO. Little did I know that a mere 250 miles away, in Kansas City, people were getting paid to work with comic strips. It took a few years for me to make my way over to Universal Uclick, but I’m here now. And it’s payday!