Emmett - thank you for posting the information about Al Beard. He is one of many accountants who work hard, often in a little back room of an arena where they can't even watch the skating. I know Al's story well - he is a skating dad who was amazed at how long it took to post the hand-calculated results from his daughter's ice dance event. Even though he was not a programmer, he went home and bought a USFSA rulebook and a book about computer programming and wrote a program that calculated the results. He gave that program to the USFSA and maintained it for decades. 40+ years later, he still works many hours per week programming and testing each year's version of the accounting software. He also served on the USFSA Board of Directors and as the USFSA Secretary. He just quietly and humbly works in the background to make sure that everything goes smoothly. And he does it really well. I truly hope he gets in the HOF this time.
Sylvia - I think that Al named the software "HAL" after the computer in 2001 Space Odyssey.