William Jackson discusses how an early interest in electricity led to him to study electrical engineering at NC State. Interview on September 27, 2012. (2:08)


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Well, I would have to say that the guidance that I got on that subject was almost nonexistence. My parents were such that they would support me in whatever I wanted to do. 00:00:00.000 - 00:00:16.754
We didn't have money to go after big, expensive private schools. But I had a hankering for electricity. That was one of the hobbies that I had as a boy. 00:00:16.754 - 00:00:32.670
I'd built crystal radios, and a rudimentary logic machine, and some other things like that with electricity that intrigued me so that sort of led to electrical engineering, 00:00:32.670 - 00:00:46.549
and if you were going to do that then that was sort of where you would go in North Carolina. You would go to NC State. I remember that there was some school day, college day, 00:00:46.549 - 00:01:01.604
at the school, and representatives from the various schools were there and I got a brochure about NC State. I don't remember the person who was there. 00:01:01.604 - 00:01:10.113
And my father and I made a very poor visit to State. We came unannounced right after exams were over, there wasn't anybody here, we didn't really talk to anybody, but we walked around the campus, 00:01:10.113 - 00:01:25.486
and I remember going into the engineering building and the professors had posted the answers to the final exams with the schematic diagrams and the formulas and all that. 00:01:25.486 - 00:01:40.003
I thought, that really does look neat, you know? [Laughs] So that was a very poor basis for making a decision, 00:01:40.003 - 00:01:51.657
but I thought electricity seemed interesting and if you wanted to pursue that then NC State was the place that you went. 00:01:51.657 - 00:02:00.524

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