>> However people like Bill are the exception. Most professors in such programs are tenured and have advanced degrees in history and/or computer science.
> I won't debate you on that point as it's (unfortunately) true
Why do you find that unfortunate?
Just because they're professors / Ph.D.s does not mean they lack the
experience than hobbyists/collectors have. Quite the opposite; most of
hobbyists/collectors who I know can learn a LOT from the academic site
of computer history.
In fact that was the topic of my lecture at the Society for the History
of Technology conference in 2007 -- "Bridging the gap between hobbyists
and historians of computer history."