Paul E. Schindler Jr.

Retired 8th Grade Teacher and Journalist

his fan site devoted to Groundhog Day: Best Film Ever

Revision History

P.S... A Column on Things

Yes, I am the Paul Schindler who predicted, in 1985, on the Computer Chronicles television show, when the Macintosh was a year old, that it wouldn't be a success in business. I stand by that opinion. You can see Paul Schindler Pans Mac .

Here is my meme: Live like you eat. Savor each bite. You know it will end. .

Also See: The supercut of my Chronicle reviews.

I did several commentaries for The Computer Chronicles, the most difficult of which (steep hillside, dramatic leap, no teleprompter) was my commentary on Software Piracy.

I am Benson High 70, MIT 74. I married Victoria Marlow (Westlake 64, Cal, Pitzer '68) in 1980; our daughters are Marlow Schindler and Rae Schindler. I live in Orinda, California.

In August, 2003, I was hired to teach 8th grade social studies (U.S. History). I took classes and earned my single subject California State Teaching Credentials for English and Social Studies, which allow me to teach in middle school and high school. I retired on June 13, 2014.

Since fall 2006, I have played tenor saxophone with the Danville Community Band, for which I have announced since its founding in 2001. From 1992-2006 I played with the Contra Costa Wind Symphony (aka the Lamorinda Town Band).

Previously, I worked for various publications and media projects covering the computer industry. Nearly all were owned by CMP Media, Manhasset, N.Y. I worked there for 22 years with two service breaks, the most recent coming in 1988-89.

I started with CMP in 1979 at Computer Systems News and worked at Information Systems News, InformationWEEK, PCVision, WINDOWS Magazine, First-TV and CMPNet. See a detailed description of my work history.

Before 1979, I worked for AP, UPI, and the now-defunct Oregon Journal. In 1977 I worked for a year in public relations at Bank of America world headquarters in San Francisco.

In 1979, I wrote Aspirin Therapy: Reducing Your Risk of Heart Disease, sadly now out of print.

As a broadcaster, I worked at KBPS-AM (announcer, disc jockey, engineer), KKEY (transmitter engineer), KVAN (underground rock disk jockey, engineer) and KLIQ (talk show host) in Portland, Ore. I was a transmitter engineer at WCRB, Waltham, Mass. and a studio engineer at KGW-TV, Portland, Ore. and WBZ-TV, Boston. At WTBS-FM, Cambridge, Mass. (then the 10-watt MIT radio station, now called WMBR), I was a newscaster, stand-up comedian (The New Eugene Oregon Show) and producer (various radio dramas and the musical tragedy, Sam Patch, The Greatest Story Ever Told So Far). I was the weekly software reviewer for the late PBS program The Computer Chronicles (1984-1992), as well as a commentator (1987-88) and a regular on what was the Christmas show and became the Annual Buyers Guide show (1985-1999). The show went out of production during its 20th year, in December, 2002.


I also appeared on the game shows Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, Scrabble , Win Ben Stein's Money and Merv Griffin's Crosswords .

I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in management from MIT in 1974. I was editor-in-chief of volume 93 of The Tech at MIT in 1973-74. My stories can be found by searching the index.

I began my journalism career with the Oregon Journal, the Associated Press in Boston and United Press International in Boston and Hartford. You can read detailed stories of that time here

California AIDS Ride 4

From June 1 to June 7, 1997, I rode in California AIDS Ride 4, presented by Tanqueray. This is a 570 mile bicycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise money for AIDS prevention and research. I completed every mile of the ride. I have posted two documents on this site, very simple HTML documents: a summary of the ride and an achingly detailed journal.

Revision History

Content revised 12/10/14 [added Macintosh editorial link, changed from third person to first person]
Content revised 7/11/14 [cleaned up dead links]
Content revised 7/17/13 [top5 site is no longer my top 5]
Content revised 12/13/07 [start dates for CCWS and DCB]
Content revised 9/14/07 [added Merv Griffin's Crosswords]
Content revised 8/11/06 [left Contra Costa Wind Symphony]
Content revised 6/1/04 [removed detailed CMP job history to separate file]
Content revised 9/16/03 [new job and title]
Content Revised 10/5/01[no job or title]
Content revised 4/23/01 [new job and title]
Content revised 7/31/99 [new job and title]
Content revised 11/29/00 [add new links for CCWS and audio]
Content revised 3/1/99 [new title]
Content revised 2/15/99 [link to Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy journal]
Content Revised 2/5/99 [added top5 banner]
Content revised 1/16/99 [title, job history]
Content Revised 7/6/98 [email offer, revised business links]
Content Revised 10/19/97 [new job]
Content Revised 7/5/97 [new title]
Content revised 6/17/97 [adding AIDS ride, changing job]
Content revised 4/13/97 [adding link to Marlow]
Format revised 11/15/96 [counter]

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