By Beverly J. Clark, Publicity Director
Carrie A. Gabriel began working for the City in 1946 and retired in 1978. She was featured in Alive! earlier this year when she celebrated her 100th birthday Jan. 28. With all the wisdom, experiences and changes she has seen throughout the 20th and now 21st centuries, we thought it would be interesting to get her perspective on various topics of the day. If any reader is interested in her opinion or viewpoint on a certain topic, please contact Beverly Clark at Beverly.Clark@RLACEI.org.
Question: With so many changes in the world, especially with the onset of technology — where you can access just about anything — how have you embraced technology?
I use my computer daily and encourage seniors to get onboard. You really don’t want to be left behind. When I was growing up, we had one library in my hometown and one library at school. Any information we needed we had to look it up in encyclopedias and reference books. Now information is at your fingertips. I can remember when the radio was the only source of information, then came the black and white TV, and then the color TV.
When I was working for the City, I was a supervisor in the newly created computer center, which was part of Data Service Bureau. We were able to transition from using data cards to using other ways of inputting information into computers. It is now called ITA (Information Technology Agency).
I am curious about things, so I go on the computer to get information. I love that it is just that easy to access just about anything.
Now we live in a world where phones are like computers. I use my computer and printer, but I’m not so good with using the phone other than to make phone calls. My two grandsons are very computer savvy and have helped me with my computer skills. Although I don’t use Facebook or any of the other social media platforms, I welcome the new technology and find it fascinating.