[SIGCIS-Members] Graphics Gathering

LO*OP CENTER, INC. lizaloop at loopcenter.org
Mon Feb 22 08:53:35 PST 2021

Thanks for posting this news about the Graphics Gathering, David.

The whole, unedited recording will not be released because we didn't ask
for permission to do this from all attendees. However, excerpts covering
specific topics with confidential material redacted can be requested. (I'll
get in touch with the organizers and let you know who to contact or you can
reach out to the attendees directly) The "party" ran for more than 13 hours
with participants from California to Singapore. Conversations were
wide-ranging with a wonderful recounting of the early history of customized
printing by 96 year-old Marvin Pearlmutter. Marvin pioneered digital
control of a linotype machine and showed this at the New York World's Fair,
Bell Labs and Princeton. His son, Howard Pearlmutter, founder of the
Gathering in 1981, and others displayed many posters and illustrations from
the Graphics Gathering and Peoples' Computer Company. We talked about which
were hand-drawn, why, and what computer tools were used. Other highlight
topics were: who worked with whom in the '60s and '70s, what access to
computing kids had back then, how young techies are interacting with
government today and, of course, what we anticipate for the future of tech.
Ecology and ethics came up almost as much as graphics and computing.

I managed to stay awake for the whole 13 hours and was fascinated by the
volume of, most likely, undocumented history that was aired. Let's get
these stories preserved and make sure they are accurate while we have the
opportunity to interact with the people who lived them.



On Mon, Feb 22, 2021 at 6:12 AM David C. Brock <dcb at dcbrock.net> wrote:

> For people interested in the history of computer graphics, my colleagues
> and I at CHM just learned about a recent online reunion meeting of the
> community around an annual Valentine’s Day computer “Graphics Gathering” in
> the Bay Area that started in 1981. It appears to have been quite a
> heterogeneous group: Attendees at the recent reunion included Ted Nelson,
> Dan Kotkke, Liza Loop, and many others. The reunion was a multi-hour Google
> Meet that was recorded. More on the Graphics Gathering here:
> http://ecocre8.com/
> I thought that someone interested in the history of computer graphics
> might want to dig into this, get a copy of the recording from the reunion
> organizers, etc.
> All the best,
> David
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Liza Loop
Executive Director, LO*OP Center, Inc.
Guerneville, CA 95446
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