Lucas took a course for his Master degree in 1974, when Son was 3. Because of my typing skills, I did the entering for him. We had to go to the computer lab at Northern Illinois University at 3 AM while Son and Daughter styed at grandparent's. We had a true telephone modem that we took the phone receiver and carefully placed it in a holder. Even then, I had to SAVE every few minutes.
I took a computer course for teachers and had to do a lot of programming and so taught Son to program with me when he was in middle school. I had to take the thing home at night because we didn't have one. Our school district had a grant from Apple. (1983)
We still have Son's Commodore in the (dry) basement, along with the disc drive and printer. We used an old portable tv for a monitor. That's the one he took to college for word processing and found the joys of the internet with. He used to go into games programs if he didn't like them and change them. He changed Snake a lot! (1989).
We had a family C64 but only used it for games like Oh, Deer! and as an adding machine. I did a couple of documents on it, saved to a disk, and took somewhere to have it printed. Our first real PC of our own and online with a printer was a Win 95. It was so nice not to have to load the program from the disk everytime we wanted to use it! Even then I got irritated at how slow it was. It was $1500, and I had to save several months for it.
I remember when the first word processing was being done in the high school and one of the tech teachers told the students to store the floppy disk inside their locker doors, held with a magnet. That nearly took a week to solve the mystery of the lost data!
We've pretty well kept up every few years, and of course now computers are so powerful that most possibilities are wasted on us, but it's still fun for email, social networks, research, games, and word processing with pictures.