Spotlight: Bryan

By Bryan Fordham

I first met Erik briefly before he started Focus Lab. I met Bill soon after they started it, and I'm happy to have finally joined the family.

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I've been playing with computers since I was a kid. My dad was into them as a hobby in the early ‘80s, and I began writing little programs when I was still in elementary school. Yes, I was that nerdy as a child. In middle school I began writing more complex programs. My favorite was a blackjack game that would occasionally cheat in one of a few ways. There was no way to know if it was cheating or not at any particular time. For some reason this made me very happy.

I discovered the internet in the early ‘90s, back when we called it, melodramatically, the World Wide Web. Besides weird things like a webcam on a coffee pot, I discovered there were a lot of people doing really interesting things, and some were happy to explain to me why they wrote the code the way they did. That's a lot of the reason I like helping other people learn: many people were very generous to me with their time.

I learned early on that computers are not mysterious, and — if you know how to code — they will do what you tell them to do. This was powerful stuff to a nerdy, introverted kid. And, it turns out, you can work with some really cool people doing it.

I was born at the old Telfair Women's Hospital on Forsyth Park in Savannah, and I've lived in the area most of my life. My wife, Amber, and I love to travel, but we always return back to this area. Amber is originally from Alabama, but we both love to call Savannah "home."

I'm an adoptive and foster parent, which is challenging, rewarding, and leads to interesting conversations sometimes. We have two kids, Kathleen (6) and Presley (4), who keep us entertained. We love traveling, Alabama football, and trying new foods.