Damien Margo was born July 26, 1973 at Phelps Memorial Hospital in New York. Just before the age of five his parents migrated to southern California. Around the age of nine, after he proved his love for playing games on the Atari 2600, his parents and grandmother pooled the resources to buy Damien a Commodore VIC-20, one of the world's first personal computers. He decided to learn how to play the drums at the age of eleven due to his very musical father Mitch having a drum-set in the house. He continued his love for technology, stretching the limits of the Commodore 64, Atari ST, and Commodore Amiga.
After he graduated from high school he promptly dropped out of college so he could live on his own in Berkeley, California. This was made possible by a job offer at Winners Circle Systems, a computer store that sold PC's, Atari's, Commodore Amigas and NewTek Video Toasters. Sometime in 1994 he came home from work and found his roommates Tre Cool and Billie Joe Armstrong filming a music video for their song Longview in their basement dwelling. Inspired by their success he then moved to Albany California to focus on his own band and begin a tech support job at a local graphics software company.
In the years that followed he founded a 3D animation company and eventually began providing computer consulting services to the greater San Francisco Bay Area. After a move to Emeryville California he worked for a few years as a Network Administrator for a large travel company and meeting planner in Walnut Creek. When the travel industry collapsed following 9/11 Damien continued IT service for a wide range of Bay Area businesses while also taking odd jobs such as being a runner for Metallica. He then migrated to Sonoma County to continue building his personal computer consulting company Computer Healer.
In 2009 Damien moved to Missoula Montana and became a Quickbooks Certified Pro Advisor. He began offering computer and accounting services finding a number of clients in the local booming medical marijuana industry. After a year of success founded upon this growing industry he noticed many of his clients begin to get raided, sued, attacked, arrested, and harassed by thugs, local police, and the Feds. Feeling back-stabbed by Barack Obama's promise to support the USA's evolving state-based marijuana laws Damien transitioned into working for a Missoula-based property management company. After two years in Missoula he could no longer afford to keep his apartment and moved back to California, photographing the beautiful landscape of Zion Utah along the way.
Moving back to California Damien began full-time work doing IT support for the health industry, picking up new skills and re-discovering his age-old dislike for low pay and management disagreements. Fitting in like oil in water he resigned and is now re-launching Computer Healer as a technology training company.
Damien can be found doing "electronic social networking" on the following websites (updated 6/12/13):
Twitter - simcitydrmfree
Instagram - damieogram
Reddit - simcitydrmfree
YouTube - aquascenic & simcitydrmfree
Damien's heroes, accomplishments, projects, interests, and hobbies include: drumming, photography, the YouTube revolution, learning C++, learning WordPress, electric cars, running Be Cool Records, Gary Johnson, Elon Musk, Gabe Newell, Marc Emery, supporting the legalization of marijuana & industrial hemp, hula-hooping, the juggling arts, rocking chairs, typography, finding exciting ways to be mostly vegan, outdoor recreation, playing music with his father's group The Tokens, researching 9/11, talking about recipes with his mom, Indian cooking, playing video games with his brother, playing the guitar, composing music, Propellerheads Reason music software, learning the banjo, videography, being in the 1998 Guiness Book Of World Records for helping The Tokens sing the national anthem in all major league baseball parks within one year, helping his dad produce the Margo Reader (www.margoreader.com) which is a free Flash app that teaches people of all ages how to read.