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THERE IS A BEGINNING FOR EVERYTHING
I was 9 when my faster bought me this Prilips Electronic Engineer kit for Christmas. It wasn't a big success - on the contrary - it did not interest me at all.
Half a year later I found the manual lying around and started reading it. Suddenly the mysterious "toy" started to interest. I became very enthusiastic and found the kit stuffed in a drawer under my bed collecting dust. Most of the parts were just gone! My father (after much pleading) bought me a new one for the next Christmas. I did not only get another kit - I got the biggest kit available with ALL experiments included. It took me just 3 days to build all circuits (it must have been something like 30..40 different). They all worked on the first try! Even the various radio receivers. All my respect to the Philips engineers for this remarkable, educational and excellently engineered kit. Sad it is not available anymore - nothing ever close to it exists...
 

Suddenly I knew what I wanted to do for my profession. Well - that's a little mildly put. Thanks to my father (and Philips), electronics became soon an obsession. I just needed to understand how things worked, and soon found great satisfaction in constructing "stationary" circuits on real homemade printed circuit boards. After I learned how the transistor worked a whole new world opened - much like learning a new language...

 

FROM PAST TO PRESENT
It didn't take long before I was involved in quite serious design projects as a freelance designer during my late teens. Sad that digital cameras didn't exist then - there would have been nice pictures to look at today...

Since then I have earned my living from electronics - one way or the other. I benefit from my deep understanding and passion about electronics in my current position as a Electronics R&D manager in an Finnish high-tech company. The nice thing in electronics is that there are always new things you can learn. And you have to - otherwise you'll be left behind. Having electronics as a hobby helps a lot !!!

ABOUT MYSELF
I was born in May 1958 in Helsinki, Finland. Not such a bad place to live in - as long as you survive the long, snowy and dark winter. Recent winters have been quite mild, so soon I probably can do my Christmas shopping is shorts :) However, it is not the low temperature that kills you, it is the long darkness...

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