Ian's Condensed History
This page highlights a small selection of my life's more memorable milestones, from my birth in 1962 through to more recent events.
Timeline of Events
I came into this world on 13-Dec-1962, born in Wellington, New Zealand, the fourth of five children to Dinie and Chris
Fieggen, both originally from the Netherlands.
At just one year old, I arrived in Australia with my family on 28-Feb-1964 when my father, Chris, was transferred here by
ANZ bank as part of the team that set up the bank's first computer system.
At the tender age of 18, I finished my high-school
education, completing year 12 at Mordialloc Chelsea High School (now called "Mordialloc College").
While attempting to find a more symmetrical way of tying my shoelaces, I inadvertently developed a knot that proved to be
much faster. This was the birth of the
Ian Knot, the World's Fastest Shoelace Knot.
At the age of 20, I went for and passed my driver's licence, then bought my first car the same week. Freedom at last!
I found a great flat in Mentone, about 15 minutes closer to the city than my parents' home. It was really close to a
supermarket, bank, post office, pizza place and laundromat – everything a bachelor could possibly need.
Having crashed my first car while moving house, a week later I bought my Holden Statesman: 1978 HZ, 5 litre V8 engine; the
last Aussie car with classic styling
and grunt. The "PAID-4" plates were fun while the car was relatively new.
Scarcely a year and a half after getting my driver's licence, I was taking to the skies as a private pilot. This fulfilled
a dream from my teenage years when I flew model airplanes.
I met many really nice people during my years as a PC specialist, but when I met Inge we really "clicked". What started out
"If we're both single, why not be single together?" soon blossomed into a true romance.
After almost 3 years of commuting between Mentone and Chelsea, I was finally able to move out of my flat and into the unit
next door to Inge's after we hinted to the existing tenants that I was keen to take their place.
After a year of planning and an unbearable nine months of building, our extension was finally complete. Our home was at
last big enough for Inge and me to both work from home
and live together.
Seven years after starting
Ian's Shoelace Site, the book based on the website was published.
Laces was available in book stores across U.S.A, Canada, U.K. and Australia (though it is now out of print).