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Jim Seymour, 60; Influential Tech Writer Founded PC Computing

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Jim Seymour, 60, founding editor-in-chief of PC Computing magazine and one of the nation’s most influential technical writers, died of complications from gallbladder surgery Tuesday in Austin, Texas.

A native Texan, Seymour graduated from the University of Texas and worked as a jazz musician and freelance photographer for Life, Time and other magazines.

His early interest in personal computers led to his becoming a widely read columnist for PC Magazine and other personal computing publications.

A consultant to Dell Computer in Austin and other companies, he became founding editor-in-chief of PC Computing magazine in 1988. The magazine was a finalist in the National Magazine Awards general excellence category in 1989.

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Seymour also wrote two books filed with pragmatic advice: “Jim Seymour’s PC Productivity Bible” (1991) and “Jim Seymour’s On the Road” (1992).


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