About Raymond Computer...
Raymond Computer began in the mid 1980s as Jack's Computer Shack in Spring Lake Park, MN. After several years of operation there the store was moved to a location on Johnson St. in N.E. Minneapolis, MN. In the early 1990s the store was moved to its first location at 898 Raymond Ave. in St. Paul, MN. Not long after the move Jack Turner, the origional owner, sold the store to Ray Bryan, the current owner. In 1995 the opportunity arose to move to the store's current location at 795 Raymond Avenue.
During its entire existance the store has supported the Commodore and Amiga computers and continues to do so today. In the process of doing business today we have expanded into service of both DOS based PCs and the Macintosh computers. We also will do training in computer skills in both a one-on-one and group settings.
Our StaffRay Bryan, Owner Ray collected most of his electronics training from the U.S. Navy, but admits to periods of destructive experimentation on various old electronic items that came his way during his early youth. Guess you could call it the hands-on part of his training. Ray has been a long time Commodore user from the mid 1980s on. Ray gained a huge part of his practical Commodore experience through creating several computer installation art pieces culminating in one interactive, inter-media installation art piece he created _The_Dao_and_Zen_of_Metal_Art_and_Computer_Music_ shown at Wilensky Arts in 1991.
Ray is a past Vice President of the Minnesota Commodore Users Association (MCUA) and is currently a member of the Twin Cities A.M.I.G.A. User Group.
Jack Sheldon, ServiceJack has been involved in electronics for almost 50 years. Jack worked for over twenty years at Control Data as a test tech and in manufacturing. In his early years he worked in both commercial television and broadcast radio, helping build KNXR FM Stereo in Rochester, MN. Currently Jack works for the St.Paul Public Schools as a computer technician as well as the Service Department at Raymond Computer.
Jack is a past co-chair of the Twin Cities Osborne Computer Group (TCOG). First licensed in the mid 1950s as K0PSI, Jack now holds the call KB0QIK and enjoys poking around on both 2 meters and 70cm. You can often find him on the 3M 2 meter repeater.
Others, Who Support UsWe Must take a minute to thank both of our families who have made it possible for us to keep Raymond Computer moving forward. They also have served when drafted for that special project when we have needed them. We also need to thank the many members of our Raymond Computer extended family who have given of their time and experience when we have needed them. Without you all we would not be here!