I’ve been enjoying watching the excitement and inspiration experienced by my fifteen-year-old grandson, Ryan, as he attends Apple’s extravaganza WWDC conference in San Francisco this week as one of 350 scholarship winners for students of all ages. The photos from inside the conference are his since the parents who accompanied those under 18 were relegated to the parents’ lounge. Congratulations, Ryan. Enjoy!
We also took a mini-trip over to Coit Tower–a must for my volunteer firefighter son, even though, contrary to popular belief, it was not designed to resemble a fire hose nozzle. The murals inside the tower’s base were painted in 1934 by a group of artists employed by the Public Works of Art Project, a precursor and depict life in California during the Depression. He especially enjoyed the depiction of a MVA with all units responding circa the 1930s.
I am so incredibly proud of my eldest grandson, Ryan. The story of his accomplishments as a self-taught computer whiz has just appeared on the front page of the Catholic Sentinel (in Portland). His Space Bandit app for Apple is entirely his own creation from the art work to the music to the programming and is selling all over the world. I have enjoyed helping him debug the program on visits in the past. He will graduate in a month from the 8th grade and his proud Grandma Karen will be right there. He is also an avid reader. Those of you who are writing YA fiction are writing for the young people of his generation and need to keep on your toes to keep up with their young inventive minds.