Needleman Consultants has been in business in Monterey County since 1993, when Jeffrey Needleman moved to Corral de Tierra to marry the beautiful Susan.
Jeffrey Needleman, owner, planned to be a research mathematician. He won one of ten national Pulitzer Scholarships and used it as a full scholarship at Columbia College NYC, where he graduated cum laude with a B. A. in Mathematics. He then went on to graduate work at Princeton University, where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow, a NASA Pre-Doctoral Fellow, and a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. But a collectibles business he started at age 11 started taking up too much of his time and he got interested in programming daytrading systems. He dropped out of Princeton and continued those other activities in NYC, building up both businesses.
In April 1985 he was held up at gunpoint and shot. He was in critical condition for three weeks and then moved to be with family in Ann Arbor Michigan while he recovered. He continued his work there. He had worked on IBM 650s and IBM 1620s at Watson Laboratories near Columbia University while in high school. He used an Altos 8000-7 running CP/M for his collectibles business, becoming a dealer of a business accounting program so that he could obtain its COBOL source code to modify for his needs. But in Ann Arbor he got into computers more deeply, buying one of the earliest Macintoshes (a MacPlus) and an IBM 286 PC running DOS. While daytrading and waiting for the market to signal his trades, he started using the fledgling Prodigy service, which had nearly two million members at the time. He noticed many questions were not being answered on its bulletin boards, so he began answering them. His efforts were rewarded by a free account. Then Prodigy hired him as the Macintosh rep for members. He later became the National Computer Board Leader for Prodigy, a position that he held for ten years. His paid jobs at Prodigy continued to expand. When Prodigy was bought by SBC and closed, he was still its Computer Board Leader but also co-wrote and maintained its Computer Web pages, wrote a weekly column, moderated its chats and newsgroups, and supported all members who had problems with the Prodigy Web Page product that Prodigy’s phone support staff could not solve.
As Prodigy Board Leader, he helped everybody, including a woman who had bought a Macintosh for Christmas 1992. He answered her questions online, then privately, then spoke with her on the phone, then accepted an invitation to visit her in Salinas. That was in March 1993. He and Susan were married in September 1993 and he moved to the Salinas area that December.
Susan and Jeffrey are still happily married, living on Corral de Tierra Road between Salinas and Monterey with two golden retrievers, two cats, two sheep, two llamas, and some chickens.
Needleman Consultants operated by word-of-mouth only for many years. Our policy has been a simple one right from the start. You must be pleased with the work we do for you or there’s no charge. We will not be satisfied until you are.
Some say Jeffrey thinks like a computer. We do know that we solve problems that others were unable to solve, and that we have solved problems in minutes that others have struggled with for days. We obviously cannot guarantee to know everything or solve all problems. But we are smart and we know a lot and we learn fast. The years at Prodigy taught us many things, including that some people are scared of nerdy computer geeks and fear that a visit from them will be embarrassing and tense. We can’t help being nerdy, but we try to be nice. You are not stupid and we will not make you feel stupid. We do not know what you know about your business, and we do not expect you to know what we know about computers and software. We just want to help. And we will. Give us a try.
Call Jeffrey at 800-383-1727 to get started.