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  • Bill Degnan
    May 3, 2009
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      good to hear. Thanks Jeff.

      -------- Original Message --------
      > From: "Jeffrey Brace" <ark72axow@...>
      > Sent: Sunday, May 03, 2009 10:13 PM
      > To: "midatlanticretro" <midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com>
      > Subject: [midatlanticretro] My day as tour guide for the Vintage Computer
      > Hello everyone,
      > I filled in for Evan at the museum today. Despite the rain, a good
      number of people stopped by the museum (around 15-20). This was my second
      time filling in for Evan, but I think I did a pretty good job.
      > There was some sort of free museum day in Monmouth County according to
      one woman that visited the museum. Maybe that is why we got more traffic
      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.
      > One father who seemed really interested was telling his son (who is about
      10 years old) how he used punch cards when he was in college. I showed
      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
      their history.
      > There seemed to be a mixture of 1) those just passing by 2) those mildly
      interested and 3) those with great interest (mostly because they had
      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.
      > Since I have more knowledge of the Commodore 64 than any of the other
      computers. I had one opened up so I could show the chips inside. I even
      show a bit of the Jim Butterfield Commodore 64 training video from my
      > I got out of there at 4:30, which is 30 minutes later than the museum is
      supposed to be open, but I didn't mind giving one last tour that went over
      > It was fun and hope to do it again when I have time.
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