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I’m here at the MAKE magazine booth at Maker Faire Detroit, and across from us is the Learn to Solder area, run and manned by Mitch Altman and Jimmie Rodgers. Mitch has brought tears to my eyes with his passion and enthusiasm for teaching folks to solder. I’ve witnessed him patiently and joyfully teaching people from 5 to 85 years old. He was even spotted teaching Henry Ford. Mitch and Jimmie’s enthusiasm is contagious and inspiring. Teach what you know and love, and make the world a better place.


Goli Mohammadi

I’m senior editor at MAKE and have worked on MAKE magazine since the first issue. I’m a word nerd who particularly loves to geek out on how emerging technology affects the lexicon as a whole. When not fawning over perfect word choices, I can be found on the nearest mountain, looking for the ideal alpine lake or hunting for snow to feed my inner snowboard addict.

The maker movement provides me with endless inspiration, and I love shining light on the incredible makers in our community. The specific beat I cover is art, and I’m a huge proponent of STEAM (as opposed to STEM). After all, the first thing most of us ever made was art.

Contact me at goli (at) makermedia (dot) com.



  1. Gareth Branwyn says:

    Nice post, Goli. Thanks.

    Funny, I had the exact same experience, and similar thoughts, at HOPE. The MAKE table was right across from Noisebridge in the Hackerspace Village and I saw Mitch (and Jimmie) tirelessly teaching people and answering questions. At one point, I remember thinking about what an astounding human being Mitch was and how honored I was to know him.

    I also thought about the fact that he’s ubiquitous and has done so much for the hackerspace movement. He’s sort of Johnny Hacker Seed, going around and helping to start or to inspire burgeoning hackerspaces around the world. What a guy. AND he does it all in rainbow hair!

    1. Shadyman says:

      Ditto. I met Mitch and Jimmie at Quahogcon, and was similarly impressed with their dedication and enthusiasm to teaching.