Happy Birthday – D. Odell Hamilton, Sr. – You are dearly missed, loved, never forgotten…

Created 27-Jun-19 at 1934 hours:

Today would have been our father’s 85th. birthday… He was taken from us far too young, after battling cancer for the best part of a decade…

From a generation that I still wish I could have been a part of, Dad was a man’s man… Every bit of it! He never complained… He never faltered – even against unspeakable odds… Not only highly intelligent, he was one of the most passionate men I have ever known, but a trait known to only a few – if they knew him… Very, very few really ever knew him…

He was dedicated, compassionate, patient, strong – yet loving, thoughtful, considerate and supportive. A very few secrets shared with me when I was older – revealed much to me – and helped me a great deal in understanding more about the man I had grown away from… As with the average American child (in my experience), I longed to be like my father… Though I had only a few years with him as a child, and even fewer as a young man – I adopted a strong work ethic, having held a tax paying job from the age of 14 – minimum wage was around $1.75 to $1.90 per hour – A HUGE jump over the $40 per month my father made in the army just 20 years previous… 

For those few that were close I adopted the dedication, commitment, and compassion that I had experienced when younger… This notwithstanding – I ended up with 1 close sibling, and less really close friends than one can count on 1 hand… 

Growing up – circumstances placed me in the position to learn computer programming, and I still have father’s original books, not only on software engineering, computer science, mathematics, but 1 of the very first in print – Programming the 6502 Processor – First Edition – and it sits on the bookshelf in my office to this day… Within only months I was cranking out code in my head in Assembly for the 6502, later the 6xx516/816 and finally the 68000 (Motorola chips) – all on the Apple II Pro DOS, to the MAC OS – originally and the absolute first – graphical operating system. I did eventually move to the Intel platform of processors, and invariably, Microsoft by 1990, but I still have 3 books I co-authored for Apple Computer, Inc. prior to the ousting of Steve Jobs in the late ’80’s… 

The last couple years of his life, my father and I talked almost every Sunday afternoon about 1 software project or another. We had this in common, incredibly so… And eventually, I even authored a graphical game – mine for the Intel architecture – while his first was actually on the Motorola architure… I was never into computer games – much to my children’s frustration with me – but I did finally write a graphical chess game, and several years ago, migrated it to the Windows OS – leveraging the Direct X and later libraries for publishing graphics the way Windows still does. My father’s passion was flight simulators, and his mathematical skills exponentially better than mine – so he could REALLY crank out great code…

Even more than 2 decades after his passing… I would catch myself picking up my phone on a Sunday afternoon to give him a call… Some things, I have learned, we do not simply walk away from, get over, or forget – so simply in life. 

We miss you Dad… So much… We will never stop loving you or thinking of you… I am grateful for the last day we had together… I pray I see you again… Soon… 

 


Father – Mother – 1953…
Happy Birthday –

D. Odell Hamilton, Sr.
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