Nicholas Spies

Profile Updated: September 20, 2023
Residing In: Downingtown, PA USA
Spouse/Partner: Elizabeth Spies
Children and grandchildren: Karin, born in 1972; Honor, born in 2001; Samuel, born in 2003;
Christina, born in 1981;
Victoria, More…born in 1995;
Alexandra, born in 1997; Juniper, born in 2023
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I have been, primarily, a film/video editor. This involved inventing workflows for dealing with film for video and editing editing film on video. These workflows depended on the use of programmable calculators, and later, computers. This led me to the computer language, FORTH, and writing a book, with Mahlon Kell: 'FORTH: A Text and Reference', Kelly/Spies, 1986, Prentice Hall.

Further Comments about Spouse/Partner or Relationship history:

My wife, Beth, works for Pfizer as a manager of quality assurance.

Education History since Swarthmore:

1970 Taught film production at Goddard College, Plainfield, VT
1984-88 Taught: video production, HyperCard programming at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Pittsburgh, PA

Career History

I have edited many films and video projects aired nationwide on both commercial TV and PBS.

Memories from time at Swarthmore

Singing in Chorus and the Swarthmore Singers. under the direction of the incomparable Peter Gram Swing.
Jerry Nelson and his prank darkroom signs.
Claudio Spies calling me "cousin Nicholas" in Music Theory class.
Playing the piano in Parrish Hall and in Bond.
Taking/developing photos for the Halcyon.
Norman Weering, Tony Loeb, Dave Keyser, Marty McKee.
Fisbee on the Parrish lawn.

Community Service, Volunteer Activities, Hobbies, Interests, Retirement Activities:

Array programming languages: APL, J, K and BQN.

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