When I was in middle school the Radio Shack in the mall was a favorite destination. Once I was in there with my grandmother when I convinced her to buy this book for me. I wasn't sure exactly what it was for or about. But I knew that the BASIC manual that had come with the Tandy 1000 we got for Christmas was a little hard to get started with. I thought this book would help. Sure enough, 25 odd years later, I've built my career on top of what I started learning from David Lien's tongue in cheek prose. Thanks Gama!