Page, John interview about Lyons Electronic Office
Page, John, Interviewee
Spicer, Dag, Interviewer
Computer History Museum
Place of Publication
Mountain View, CA
John Page is a software developer and entrepreneur. In this interview, he discusses his early work with computers from the UK company Lyons, whose LEO family of computers were among the first commercial computers made. Page also talks about his early life as a child born just near the end of WWII, describing his radio and audio hobbies. After high school, he was offered as an apprentice at Lyons, working on the LEO III computer. After several years there supporting configuration and maintenance of LEO III installations around Europe, he switched companies and started working for HP in the UK, eventually transferring to HP facilities in Silicon Valley. In 1980 he left HP to co-found Software Publishing Corporation, which had several successful products in its “pfs:” suite of software applications. Page then concludes by discussing his retirement project of helping students better learn mathematics using web technologies.
LEO (Lyons Electronic Office); LEO (I, II, III); ICL; HP (Hewlett-Packard); SPC (Software Publishing Corporation); PFS (Personal Filing System); CP/M; DOS; Apple Macintosh