Earlier this year, Garry finished his 20-year run writing the Macman column. Other than the occasional time out for annual leave, the column graced The Age’s Green Guide and other Fairfax newspapers every week.
Garry’s career in the media stretches back decades. He’s sat in bars with Hemingway, was thrown out of Cuba during the missile crisis after reporting on the secret construction of missile sites, covered the Vietnam War and was on the spot during many international crises and major events.
After learning how to fly, he was involved in smuggling censored news stories out of Vietnam and was recognised for his service as a wartime correspondent, awarded a service medal, which added to his Pearcey Award for work as technology journalist.
Suffice to say, Garry is one of the most experienced and respected journalists in the country.
And he is now part of the Macworld Australia family.
“I guess that, as the Macman, I am a really rusted-on Apple tragic. I’ve been that way for more than 20 years and it has been a wonderful, often exciting, experience,” says Garry.
His first computer was a Commodore 64 but he soon switched to an Apple //e and then to a Mac Plus, which still sits on top of a bookcase in his office.
Garry estimates he has written around 850,000 words about the company, its products, its people and its doings.
“I met and interviewed Steve Jobs on a couple of occasions and got to know many of the talented people on his team and the association has continued into the new Apple era. In those two decades my regular companions were the monthly editions of Macworld, so I am pleased now to have come a sort of full circle to write an occasional guest column for Macworld Australia. I look forward to being with you, its readers, each month from now on.”
From the January edition of the Macworld Australia, Garry will be writing about the Apple universe, providing his unique insight and deep knowledge of all things Apple.
Personally, I’m very pleased to have been able to bring Garry to the Macworld Australia family. Garry may not remember, but when I started as a freelance journalist he was one of the first people I spoke to, asking for some advice.
Over the years, I’ve enjoyed reading his many articles.
And I hope you, like me, look forward to reading many more in Macworld Australia.