[SIGCIS-Members] Vintage Computer Festival, revisited

Evan Koblentz evan at snarc.net
Wed Mar 2 00:13:28 PST 2011

Hi all,

I never seem to get much interest from SIGCIS people for the Vintage 
Computer Festival, but the upcoming edition (VCF East 7.0) might appeal 
more to this group than in years past.

This year's speaker line-up includes Ruth Lewart, who worked on Bell 
Labs' TRADIC; Vincent Pogorzelski and Donald Caselli, who both worked at 
Monroe Calculator and specifically worked with the Monrobot XI; Joe 
LaViola and Al Rollin, both of UNIVAC/Unisys; and Michael Holley, who 
was a member of the Homebrew Computer Club and is an expert on Southwest 
Technical Products.

Also this year, we're having a panel discussion about the New York City 
/ New Jersey / Philadelphia region in the mid-1970s, including Roger 
Amidon (of Xitan / Technical Design Labs, which were S-100 companies), 
Dick Moberg (founder of the Philadelphia Area Computer Society and the 
1978 Philadelphia Computer Music Festival), and Larry Stein (owner of 
Computer Mart of Iselin, N.J., which was one of the first computer 
stores in the state.)  For this panel we also invited (but have not yet 
received confirmations from) John Dilks, who produced the Atlantic City 
PC'76 show; Sol Libes, who produced and still runs the Trenton Computer 
Festival and the Amateur Computer Group of New Jersey (possibly the 
longest-running user group); and David Ahl, who published Creative 
Computing magazine.

And that's just in the morning sessions.  Afternoons at our event 
feature the exhibit hall, a build-your-own transistor-logic circuit 
workshop, book sale, consignment, and museum tours.

Our venue is the InfoAge Science Center, located in Wall, New Jersey.

Our event is a wonderful opportunity to hear from people who worked in 
the field and (most important of all) to see vintage computers boot up 
and run again!

Our event site is http://www.vintage.org/2011/east/ and we're on 
Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/vcfeast7 .

- Evan

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