George Yanos met his first computer in the middle of the 60’s. Since then he has been a programmer, Computer Science teacher, and the associate director of the UIC academic Computer Center. He was a founding director of Bitnet, an important part of the early Internet, and was deeply involved in extending the Internet to UIC and the Chicago area. His specialties include making computers and networks into useful tools for researchers; extracting information from large and ambiguously defined collections of data; and text manipulation. He hopes, when he grows up, to become a carpenter.