180IMPORTANT TCF UPDATE !! :)
- Mar 28, 2005Hi everyone,
There are just 19 days -- three weeks -- until we exhibit at the 30th
Trenton Computer Festival. (They even put a special announcement
about MARCH on the show's homepage! Check it out: http://www.tcf-nj.org.)
Tonight I spoke with our TCF point man. They need us to give a **
final count ** of our exhibition needs and names as soon as possible.
So far they have 12 two-by-six-foot tables for us. Every table they
set aside and don't use costs them money, and every table they have to
get at the last minute is an unnecessary hassle.
So, to be clear, I need EVERYONE who is definitely bringing an exhibit
to speak up now. The best way to do is to put the word "confirmed" in
your row of the "Who's bringing what to TCF" database, via the
"database" link on the left side of our Yahoo group page
Some of you may have more stuff to display than will fit on a 2x6-ft
table. I'm thinking specifically of our multi-party Apple display and
the DEC folks. I will plan for two tables end-to-end for the Apple
part, and will put the DEC people adjacent to each other as well.
About eight or nine of us are still listed as 'tentative' in the
database or didn't post an entry at all. Again, if you definitely
will attend TCF with unique and working vintage computers to
demonstrate, PLEASE make that clear to us at this time.
Of course, if you're part of MARCH and aren't exhibiting, you are
still encouraged to spend the weekend with us!! Help us schlep stuff,
help demo stuff, answer attendees' questions, guard our exhibits when
people must step away, bring me snacks. ;)
There are some perks to exhibiting with us if you're unsure -- you get
a VIP parking pass, a guest pass, and all the glory that goes with
being part of the COOLEST exhibit at the show. (MARCH members who are
coming but not to exhibit still get one free pass for themselves to use.)
We'll be in a seperate 40-by-20-ft room off of the main show floor.
There is just one door to this room and it will be LOCKED at night for
our security. Unless there's a sudden surge in people exhibiting with
us, we will share the room with one other group -- possible the NJ
Antique Radio Club, which I'm lobbying for, or possibly a vendor that
will (allegedly) be in education mode, not commercial mode.
TCF is even providing a MARCH sign for us.
Don't forget to make hotel reservations! There is a link to nearby
places at http://www.tcnj.edu/~ccr/about/hotel.html.
The only bit of bad news is that it's not looking promising for us to
get a phone line into the exhibit. There is a small chance still, but
frankly, I'm not optimistic. They're talking about routing a line
from some upstairs room, a hundred feet or so, through the door, up my
nostrils, out Andy's ears, couple o' times around Jim's ankles, and
then (maybe) to where the line is actually needed. You get the idea.
We may get the phone line but I wouldn't count on it. (In TCF's
defense, they are trying on our behalf! There are some issues about
the actual college facility that are out of TCF's control.)
So... one last time... *** PLEASE *** confirm your MARCH/TCF exhibit
intentions as soon as possible, for everyone's sanity.
Saturday night, we'll celebrate our very existence with food and drink
and generally a nerdy good time.