Packy never intended to be a ‘computer guy.’ His grandfather had worked at Con Edison in New York City and his mother was one of the first systems analysts for the US Navy; Packy was determined that he would do something to fuel his creative passions instead.
When Packy was in high school, his mother insisted that he had to try everything once, including football tryouts and computer club. As much as he hated football, he unexpectedly loved computer club. Computers and programming became a calling, but Packy also discovered a passion for theater. He was hooked on the way acting allowed him to shift his character, even slightly, and interact with people in a more direct way. Later, when he met his wife at a community theater production of Guys and Dolls, they spent long hours talking about how they were typecast according to physical appearance. Packy would always be told he was a great character actor – “the big round cheerful guy” – and his wife kept finding that she was cast in the mom or best friend role.
But they both knew they were more than that, their identities as performers were more nuanced than the first impression of physical appearance and they had other layers that went beyond these performer identities.