IBM: First Contact

In early 1984, during his final semester of law school, Bert began weighing his options. On the one hand, he considered taking the bar exam and practicing as an attorney. He also explored companies that would offer him professional advancement while allowing him to pay down his student loans.

In February of that year, he interviewed with IBM. Here is a draft of his post-interview letter of continued interest:


Soon after graduation, Bert accepted a position with IBM in Boston and would remain with the company for 5.5 years.

(1) Mugging for the camera. (2) The lone Person of Color, posing with fellow IBM newbies, most likely at training camp. (3) Featuring thigh, Walkman, and IBM tee, rehearsing for what seems to be a water- or beach-themed workplace skit. All photos circa 1984-85.