I Slept Under My Desk
Mary Lou Jepsen reflects on finding a home in her university’s Media Lab.
MARY LOU JENSEN: The Media Lab, almost everybody I met, it was the first time I think I really felt home in what I was interested in. Everybody had a deep technical background in computer science or math or engineering, plus was a musician or an artist or a filmmaker. It felt like the bulk of people were like that. I literally left every other day. I went home every other day. I just loved being there. I slept under my desk. Everybody slept under my desk. I have a sign in sheet via Who's Who of technology And You had to sign in because I had a little sleeping bag with a little pillow. It washed. It was clean, and all of that, but, yeah, because everybody just wanted to be there all the time. All the great computers were there, all of the multimedia stuff. I did a lot of stuff with lasers and optics and holography, and we just didn't want to leave ever. It was great.