Personal Computer Museum, Canada's Videogame Museum

Jack Livesley

An Afternoon with Jack Livesley

The Personal Computer Museum proudly presents An Afternoon with Jack Livesley on Saturday, November 15, 2014. Those who watched the ground-breaking educational computer series Bits and Bytes and its follow-up program, The Academy that first aired in 1983, will remember Livesley as the host who asked the questions about how computers worked and what they meant to us in our everyday lives. He did so with Jim Butterfield, an early computer expert and author. Although The Academy on computers is what Livesley is likely most remembered for, it was only part of what he accomplished during his 20-year tenure at TV Ontario.

Born in Brantford in 1928 (and now living in Toronto), Livesley will return to his hometown to tour the Personal Computer Museum and talk to guests about his days at TVO, "behind the scenes" at the Academy and what he is up to now. Since leaving TVO, Jack has become a freelance teacher and writer. He's conducted workshops in media and writing across Canada, in the USA and England. He is the author and co-author of five books on media. His latest book is a collection of his own poems, stories and monologues titled, Of Faces and Places.

Admission to this event is by donation to the Personal Computer Museum.


Browse the museum to explore the rich history of computers, software, books and more from 1976 and up.


Museum founder and curator Syd Bolton will lead the question and answer period as we ask Jack all about his experiences on the show, his favourite moments and some great behind the scenes information about The Academy and the people who made it. Jim Butterfield and Jack Livesley on the Academy

This will also be your chance to ask Jack any question about the show or his involvement with TV Ontario, or even what he has been up to since.

As an added bonus, former Transactor Magazine editor Karl Hildon will also be present. Hildon, a former Commodore employee, was heavily involved in microcomputers and their fledgling start in the Greater Toronto Area in the early 80's and will be remembered by fans of the magazine and his presence at shows like The World of Commodore that took place for many years at Toronto's International Centre.

The Question & Answer period will be recorded for those that can't make it to enjoy later on, but we encourage you to be present if possible to get the full effect. Check below for a promotional video for both Bits & Bytes and The Academy.

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