12473re: [midatlanticretro] My day as tour guide for the Vintage Computer Museum
- May 3, 2009good to hear. Thanks Jeff.
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> From: "Jeffrey Brace" <ark72axow@...>Museum
> Sent: Sunday, May 03, 2009 10:13 PM
> To: "midatlanticretro" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Subject: [midatlanticretro] My day as tour guide for the Vintage Computer
>number of people stopped by the museum (around 15-20). This was my second
> Hello everyone,
> I filled in for Evan at the museum today. Despite the rain, a good
time filling in for Evan, but I think I did a pretty good job.
>one woman that visited the museum. Maybe that is why we got more traffic
> There was some sort of free museum day in Monmouth County according to
than expected on a rainy day. She actually said that she worked at
Perkin-Elmer a local company (Oceanport, NJ I believe) that made
mini-computers. She the president of Perkin-Elmer Founded Interdata which
was bought by Perkin-Elmer (we have one of their computers in the museum).
She also said that he founded another company later on called Syntrex.
>10 years old) how he used punch cards when he was in college. I showed
> One father who seemed really interested was telling his son (who is about
them all the personal computers and the mini computer parts etc. I said
how we like to be hands on for the most part unlike some other museums. I
said you could even type in a simple program yourself. I didn't think he
actually would, but the son typed in a short character animation program
from the User Guide of the Commodore 64. He seemed to enjoy it. Hope I can
spark some interest in him and others into supporting vintage computers and
>interested and 3) those with great interest (mostly because they had
> There seemed to be a mixture of 1) those just passing by 2) those mildly
personal experience with any of these computers). It's nice to talk to
people who used these computers first hand and get their personal
experiences. I got a lot of positive feedback about what we are doing.
>computers. I had one opened up so I could show the chips inside. I even
> Since I have more knowledge of the Commodore 64 than any of the other
show a bit of the Jim Butterfield Commodore 64 training video from my
>supposed to be open, but I didn't mind giving one last tour that went over
> I got out of there at 4:30, which is 30 minutes later than the museum is
> It was fun and hope to do it again when I have time.
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