I do have an important question though: how did you come to begin programming? I am unfamiliar with what would have been available paths back in those days. Did you get a degree via courses in logic and mathematics? Trade school? Taught yourself? Mentored?
When kid my mother got me into a LOGO class. I liked it very much, got a TI994/A. Got an IBM PC, an older friend tought me BASIC. Then I started learning by myself most of the languages and all.
I believe Pascal is closest to a procedural language and Delphi is the object oriented equivalent? So that's a somewhat diverse start.
In today's economy? Why not make two resumes: PM and Programmer. If PM skills pay the bills, hop on it and work on programming as a side hobby. If the right Programmer position comes up and the pay is good, consider it but don't set yourself up for failure or take too large a risk if your home/dependents/nestegg are at stake.
That is what I have done so far, but I really do not like PM work. Thanks for your comments.
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