Welcome and thank you for visiting 1Macman's Place. I would like to take a few minutes, to tell you about who I am, and share some things about my life. I'd also like to let you know why I started the website and how it became, what it is today. So I hope you enjoy reading about me and again, thanks for visiting.
My name is John R. Hughes and I was born on March 9, 1961, in Windber, Pennsylvania. My parents were also born in Pennsylvania, but I only lived there, for a few years.
My Dad got a job in Cleveland, when I was really young, so we moved from Pennsylvania, to Ohio. We lived in Cleveland for a while, then moved to Rootstown, where I attended kindergarten and finally to to Ravenna, just before I started first grade
I have lived in Ohio, nearly all my life and for the most part, I like it, but there is one thing about it I don’t like and that’s winter. It’s true what they say, it really does get harder to deal with the cold, the older you get.
I had a good childhood and it was a lot of fun, growing up with my brother and all of my friends. We did everything together, like all kids do. I remember riding our bikes, to go fishing and swimming, playing football, in our side yard and baseball, in our neighbor's field, across the street. It truly was a magical time of my life and I will never will, forget it.
The Love of My Life
I married the love of my life and best friend Joyce, on August 15, 1980. We were really young at the time, I was 19 and she was 21, but we were in love and that’s all that matters. We didn't have a fancy wedding, or big expensive reception and we didn't even get married in a church, but to me it was perfect, and looking back now, I wouldn't change, a single thing.
I can honestly tell you, that it was the right decision, to marry her when I did. We have been happily married for 37 years now and if we wouldn’t have done it when we did, who knows how different, things would be now.
Joyce is very special to me, I love her dearly and I would never want to be without her.
Me and My Mac
I am a true Mac man, all the way and only use Apple computers, hence the name 1Macman. I am self taught and over the years, I have learned quite a bit about them, or anything Apple, for that matter. In fact, I have been using Apple computers for so long now, that I consider myself an expert.
My first computer was was a used, Apple IIGS. I didn't know anything about computers at the time and it didn't come with any manuals. It didn’t even have an internal hard drive, because computers didn't have them back then, so you had to do everything, using floppy disks.
The computer came with a few programs, however didn't include any system disks, but I eventually got them, from a friend, of a friend and so my journey began. That was a long time ago and it took me quite a while, but I figured out how to use it and have been using Apple computers, ever since.
“ I have even converted, many of my family and friends, over to Apple Computers.“
I’ve had several different computers since then and have learned a lot, along the way. I have even converted, many of my family and friends, over to Apple computers. I really enjoy, helping someone purchase a new Mac and showing them how to use it. But nothing quite compares, to seeing how excited they get, with their first Mac.
I am into all types of technology, especially when it's something, made by Apple. I have purchased several iPods, going back as far, as the second generation and they all still work. I own iPad’s, iPhone’s and several Apple TV’s and have downloaded a lot of Apps and music, from the iTunes Store, over the years. Apple devices work almost flawlessly and best of all, they sync with each other and that makes, for a wonderful user experience.
It is truly amazing, how much things have changed and just how far we have come, since those early days.
As a teenager, I had several different jobs like stock boy at the A&P, a fast food place in Kent called the Spaghetti Tree and even made bowling balls for a few years, but I have worked in the rubber business for most of my life, nearly 27 years.
In the early 1980's, things were tough and the unemployment rate, was extremely high. You just couldn't find a job anywhere and the bowling ball company I was working for, just burned down.They say that your life can change in a instant, we'll I'm here to tell you, that it's true.
The owners of the company were really corrupt and were doing all kinds of things that were wrong or against the law. Sometimes we wouldn't get paid for weeks at a time and even when we did, the check would usually bounce. I honestly believe, the owners burned the building down and to this day, they still owe me money, but I know I'll never see it.
So here I was, I no longer had a job, I had just gotten married and knew I had to do something. But what, like I said, finding a job in the early 80's was virtually impossible.
In 1981, my friend and I, enrolled in a welding course, at a school in Barberton. The course was offered through a government assistance program called CETA. The program paid for the school and training, all of our books and supplies, and even paid us an hourly rate. It was like having a temporary job. After completing the course, we were never able to find a job in the field, because again, there just weren't any jobs back then.
By 1983, things were starting to get better and life began to change for me. I was finally able to find a job at a rubber company and worked there for 7 years. In 1990, I was offered a better job, with another rubber company, so I decided to take the offer. After only a few years at the new company, I ended up in management and was getting a decent pay. Things were good and Joyce and I we were finally having a decent life and doing ok for ourselves.
Then in February of 2009, it all started to fall apart. The stock market crashed in the Fall of 2008, the Automotive Industry was in turmoil and the economy was in bad shape and companies were closing down everywhere.
Since most of our production was for the Auto Industry, my company laid me off. They said they could no longer afford to pay me and of course I was the first one to go, since I was on salary and one of the highest paid employees. They really didn't show any sympathy or even seem to care, how this would affect my life. And just like that it was over, after working for the company, for almost 20 years.
That day, not only did I loose my source of income, I also lost our health insurance, 4 weeks a year, of payed vacation and I lost my pride. It wasn't more than a couple of months later, the company went out of business, they sold everything and closed the doors for good.
They say that your life can change in a instant, we'll I'm here to tell you, that it's true.
I decided to start my own video transfer company in 2009, shortly after, I lost my job.
It all started with an idea I had many years ago. I had been doing video work as a hobby for a long time and my family and friends, would often ask me to transfer their photos or videos, over to DVD. They liked my work and kept telling me that I was really good at it. They would say, "you should start your own business and do this professionally."
I had tossed the idea around for a few years but found it almost impossible to do, while working a full time job. Well, I got a really big push to do it, when the place I worked for, shut it's doors.
I knew there was going to be quite a bit involved to get the company going and that it was going to be expensive. The first step, would be to find an office where I could do the work, because I didn't want to do it from home. Then I had to come up with a name for the company and get a venders license. Finally I had to get what I needed to do the job right.
Joyce's cousin had an office, in a building not far from my house. He and asked if I wanted to move in with him and I thought this would be a good place to start, so I took him up on the offer.
So with my beloved wife by my side, we started to get things going. I made a list of everything we needed and we started to put it all together. We also had to come up with a name for the company, so we could get our venders license and after a lot of thought, we decided on 1Macman Productions.
The name originally started, from the first part, of my email address. Because I am such a huge Apple fanatic, several years ago, I got a vanity license plate that says 1MACMAN. I thought that might be a good start for a name, but it definitely needed something more. Then one day, Joyce and I were discussing it and thought of the word productions, as in movie production. And there you have it, that's how we came up with the company name.
“ I didn't want to not try, and later say I should have, but now I'll never know.“
To get the company going, we spent nearly everything we had in our savings, including my IRA. We started to purchase everything we needed and set it up, at the new office. I was getting excited, because it was all starting to come together, and quickly become a reality, but I was also scared, because I didn't want to fail. I didn't want to not try, and later say I should have, but now I'll never know. If you don’t try something in life, when you have the opportunity, you may never know, what actually could have been.
It wasn't long before we were growing and things were looking good. We had been talking with the people in the office connected to ours and after a short time, they decided let us have their office, and moved to a different location, in the building. Now we had three adjoining offices and all kinds of space.
Shortly after getting started, the local newspaper heard about me, and wanted to do a story. I accepted and they came in the next week, took pictures and did an interview. They ran the article in the paper, the following week and my phone started to ring off the hook. I couldn't sit it down for a minute, before it would ring again. The first day, I almost got more business, than I could handle.
Things went pretty good for a while with the usual ups and downs of business. We relocated to a new office on the first floor and started to branch out, into different areas. We had several new ideas and even started doing Website design and offering hosting services. I was really excited about it all and for the first time in my life, I was doing something that I really enjoyed working at.
Unfortunately, due to continued health issues, I had to shut the company down, in July of 2012. For 6 years, I had been battling severe Rheumatoid Arthritis and it just kept getting worse. Sometimes I couldn't walk or even drive for days, so I wasn't able to do it anymore. I was very sad to shut it down, but really had no choice. I knew I would really miss it and thanked all of my customers for their support. I also hoped they would always cherish, the projects we worked on together.
My Website and Forum
I originally used this website for my business, 1Macman Productions. When I had to close the business down, I really wanted to keep the website going, but wasn't sure, what to use it for. I had several different ideas, but finally decided, to use it for my family and friends. It was the perfect opportunity, to offer a more personal place to stay in touch and share things with each other. It also allowed me to keep the website, which is something I really enjoy.
Now I needed a name, for the new website. I already had the domain 1mmp.com, so I needed something, to fit that. After thinking about it for a while and coming up with several different names, I finally thought of 1Macman’s Place. It actually sounded good, fit the domain and everyone seemed to like it.
So that’s the story of my website, what started as my company site, turned into an Idea, for my family and friends.
In addition to the website, I also have a forum. When I first decided to start it, I wanted to create something different. I wanted to provide a place, where people could discuss almost, anything and not be tied, to a specific topic. It was also important, that it was suitable for all ages, so everyone could have fun and participate in the discussion. That meant it needed to be, closely monitored, for inappropriate content.
On 1Macman’s Forum, there a lot of different topics to choose from, so everyone should be able to find something their interested in. Some of the categories include, Auto & Home, Sports, Health & Fitness and Technology to name a few. There is even a market place, where you can list things you want to sell, trade, or are looking to buy.
If you would like to check out my forum, here’s a link: www.tapatalk.com/groups/onemacman
Steve Jobs Tribute
Apple computers and devices, have been a big part of my life, for many years and Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs, was one of my favorite people. He was a big inspiration to me, and actually changed the world for us all. But sadly, Steve passed away after a long bout with pancreatic cancer, on October 5th, 2011. He was only 56 years old.
With that said, you can't imagine how I felt, when he passed away. I kept thinking about the way he unveiled a new product. It was truly something special to see and I would get so excited, like a child on Christmas morning. But now that feeling was gone and I was deeply saddened.
The day Steve died, I started to writing some thoughts on his passing. Before long, it became more of a tribute and I knew, somehow I wanted to share it. So the following day, I created a Steve Jobs tribute page, on my website.
If you’d like to see it, you can use this link: Steve Jobs Tribute Page
They say that we all need heroes, well Steve Jobs was mine.
Our Beloved Mogwai
On Saturday March 28, 2015, our beloved dog Mogwai, passed away. He was almost 14 years old.
Mogwai had a way about him, unlike any dog, I've ever known. He was so much more than just a dog, he truly was a friend. When he looked at you, with those big beautiful eyes, it was really something special and he had more love in his heart, than you could possibly, ever imagine. Just being near him, made you feel like you were with one of Gods greatest creations and the years we had, to spend with him, were the best years of our lives.
The whole weekend after he died, was really hard for us. We were constantly breaking down, because everything we did, reminded us of him. Wherever we would go in the house, he was always there behind. He followed Joyce so much, that she called him, her little shadow. Even in his last days, he tried as hard as he could to follow.
The following Monday morning, we had to take Mogwai's body to the vet to be cremated. We couldn’t do it before that, because they were closed on Saturday and Sunday. We both stood beside, the tote he was in and said our last goodbyes, then Joyce put it in the car and took him away. I guess it was his funeral of sorts and it wasn't nothing special, but it was the last time, to be with our little buddy and it meant the world to me.
To this day, we still having a hard time, dealing with his loss. It’s unlike anything I’ve felt before, and I’m not sure I'll ever get over it. We really miss him and it will never be the same, not being able to see him. But in my heart, somehow I feel he’s still here.
The day after Mogwai died, I was trying to put my thoughts on his loss, in my journal and I wrote a poem for him. I’d like to share that with you, now.
Our Precious Mogwai
Mogwai when you died, a part of us died too,
now there's something missing in our lives, being here without you.
You were truly very special, and it breaks our hearts, to see you go,
but we will never, ever, forget you buddy, we just want you to know.
We love you Mogwai and will truly miss you.
Thanks for Your Interest
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