GirlGeek of the Week
As a young, single, welfare mother of two small
children, Patricia Lewis returned to school with the determination
that wanted to better her life and the lives of her children. That
determination brought her to information technology. She welcomed
the challenges and excitement of computers and saw it as a way to
help not only herself, but also other people.
She completed an associate degree in Computer Programming at Norwest
Technical College in 1988. After a summer intern position at a software
company, Patricia joined Federal service in the fall of 1988 in
a support staff position, becoming the network administrator in
When did you first discover your love and/or
obsession with computers and technology?
While I was fascinated with technology, including computers, since
early childhood due to my early exposure to science fiction from
my mother, it was in 1972 when it crystalized. My small rural Minnesota
school somehow got hold of a dumb terminal with an old handset phone/modem
hookup to the University of Minnesota mainframe, and my math teacher
introduced us to Oregon Trail. I was blown away, thinking, wow,
all the way from St. Paul! COOL!
How do you earn a living?
I am a Windows NT network administrator for a federal government
Do you consider yourself a Geek?
Definitely! I was watching when Star Trek premiered in 1966, when
men landed on the moon, was standing in line the day Star Wars came
out, and to this day, get a thrill every time my favorite characters,
the Lone Gunmen, are in an episode of the X-Files.
What is your favorite Website?
It's a fantastic portal for all things science fiction/fantasy,
as well as great original audio adaptations, anime, short films,
What do you do when you are not working?
My current passions are photography, both in front of and behind
the camera; indulging in live-action role-playing from time to time;
and continually updating my web page http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Forum/5686/.
What's your motto?
Cherish today yesterday is gone, tomorrow may never come.
Who would play you in a movie about your life?
What would be the title of your autobiography?
Who is the person you most admire?
Famous: T. E. Lawrence
Not Famous (but equally admirable): My mother
When and where were you the happiest?
Summer of 1974, Minnesota, riding horses all summer with my best
friend - feeling our horses under us, and their colts running beside
us through the fields.
If you could have one super power what would
The ability to fly.