1153InfoAge day follow-up
- Aug 14, 2005Hi all,
Yesterday's event at InfoAge went well.
Five of us -- me, Bill Degnan, Bill Sudbrink (and son), Kelly Leavitt (and
wife), and Jim Scheef -- set up small exhibits. InfoAge's Fred C. told me
afterward that about 200 people attended the event. Most were there for the
WWII stuff, but about half walked through our exhibit, and a couple of dozen
people seemed legitimately interested. We raised $15, which doesn't sound
like much, but is significant since our budget before was $20. :)
InfoAge supplied snacks throughout the day.
In addition to exhibiting, we all had a good look at the 50% of the Grabbe
collection that is already at the facility. There is some great stuff,
including a huge late-70s Intel computer used for making chips, a pre-WWII
adding machine, assorted DEC things, assorted early PC items, and two huge
octagonal-shaped things that are VERY heavy and are either some kind of
drives or the inside of a supercomputer (no kidding).
We also had a chance to work on each other's gear. Bill D. brought some
disks for the IBM 5155 that I got for the club, but we determined that it's
got a drive problem, so Kelly agreed to take it home and work on it. Then
Bill S. spent a lot of time working on Bill D.'s IMSAI 8080. Those are just
two examples, but the comraderie is always my favorite part of club events.
But the find-of-the-day came from an attendee, Bruce Pollack, who I think
said he lives in upstate NY somewhere. Apparently he heard we'd be there,
and drove several hours to bring us a toy: an HP harmonic signal analyzer,
circa 1941. Since it's so old, it is quite possible that Bill Hewlett and
David Packard hand-built this thing in their garage!! How cool is that?
I'm going to send the serial number to Anna Mancini, who is the HP corporate
archivist, to see if she can find out more about it. See
http://tinyurl.com/eybh7 for the official HP description.
Me, Bill D., Kelly, and Kelly's wife Ann went to dinner at Applebees. We
talked about club business (another email to follow), but mostly we just
relaxed and had fun.
Evan Koblentz's personal homepage: http://www.snarc.net
Also see: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/midatlanticretro/
Where did PDAs come from? http://www.snarc.net/pda/pda-treatise.htm
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