Retiree teaches computer classes

Former IBM engineer George Vislocky: “I’m doing my mitzvahs.”

When George Vislocky of Cliffside Park retired from IBM after 38 years, the then-62-year-old systems engineer had little idea what he’d do next. “I thought I’d take courses at Fairleigh Dickinson University, but it wasn’t fulfilling,” Vislocky said. He looked around for volunteer opportunities but “couldn’t find a place,” he said, that was right for him.

One day he saw a teeny newspaper ad that proclaimed that a new computer center at the Jewish Community Center in Tenafly (today called the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades) was looking for volunteer instructors and coaches to teach “seniors” – students over 50.

That was 20 years ago, and Vislocky, today 86 years old, is still teaching computer skills at the JCC, as a volunteer.


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