Written by Benj Edwards, "Jerry Lawson, Black Video Game Pioneer," appeared on Vintage Computing and Gaming:
BE: To fast forward a little bit, before I get off your history with computers, do you remember the first personal computer you ever used in the 1970s?
JL: Two of them — that is funny, because I had an Altair. And before that, I also had — Fairchild gave me a DEC PDP-8. I put the PDP-8 back into work. In fact, the PDP-8 is a story in itself — that ended up running a school in my garage. With the PDP-8, I had two tape units, the tape controller, a high speed tape reader, and all the maintenance boards and backup spares for it. My garage became a service depot.
DEC said I had the only operating PDP-8 — straight 8 — west of the Mississippi. And they asked me if they could run classes in my garage on it. As a result — my PDP-8 had a control unit on it called the TC01. And the TC01 didn't have all the maintenance updates on it. They said it would cost about ten grand to update it, and I said, "Well heck, I'm not paying ten grand." So they said — for them having the class in my garage with the guys there — they would do the updates for free. They did. The whole updates for free. Full article.