About Jack Hodgson & “Around the Field”
Jack Hodgson is a writer, technology commentator, special-events and new-media producer, lecturer, aviation essayist, and really bad golfer.
In 1984 Jack was the Founding Director of the legendary BCS*Mac ~~ the Macintosh User Group of The Boston Computer Society. By the late 80s, Jack, and his team of passionate Macintosh early-adopters, had built BCS*Mac into the largest Macintosh User Group in the world.
In the late 80s Jack moved to Silicon Valley where he worked for Apple Computer. While at Apple he helped create some of the very first software products to be a delivered exclusively on CDROM, including “E.T.O.”, and the “Bluenote” document reader, a predecessor to Adobe Acrobat. Later, he was part of Apple’s “Software Dispatch” venture, which was one of the earliest e-commerce businesses.
A 20 year veteran of the computer industry, Jack has worked in virtually every aspect of that business, from training to writing to web development to marketing to programming to event management.
In the mid 90s Jack left Apple to work in the live-events industry, as a theatrical stage manager, and as a community & corporate special-events producer. He stage-managed seven theatrical shows, including the world-premiere, original musical Honor Song For Crazy Horse. His special events clients have included America Online, Netscape Communications, The Wings of History Air Museum, IDG, Apple Computer, Pro Portsmouth (NH), and the City of Palo Alto (CA).
Jack is a past Board Member of the Prescott Park Arts Festival in Portsmouth NH.
Jack is also a licensed private pilot. He writes about the people and places of aviation in his column “Around the Field”, and he is the producer & host of the popular aviation podcast “Uncontrolled Airspace”.
Today, Jack is a busy writer and new-media producer. He’s the president of Techpopuli, a new-media publishing & production company.
Jack lives either in Cambridge Massachusetts, or in the Seacoast Area of New Hampshire, he can’t decide which.
This “Around the Field” website is named after the series of stories written by Jack about the people he’s met over the years at the EAA’s annual Oshkosh fly-in.
These stories have appeared since 1998 in the pages of the fly-in’s ”show daily” newspaper, “AirVenture Today”. The stories have also been collected, expanded and published as a collection of eBooks for the Amazon Kindle.
The website “Around the Field” casts a wider net, and tells the stories of flying fans from all over the U.S. and the world. It is mostly about flying, but might occasionally talk about other subjects close to Jack’s heart.