1817Re: OOPS! -- RE: [midatlanticretro] Report -- InfoAge work day...
- Nov 13 3:26 PMEvan,
That's OK. Guess I can keep the Hero-1, since
I couldn't have taken it since I wasn't there...
--- Evan <evan947@...> wrote:
> I forgot to mention that Bob Grieb also was there all day.<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org?subject=Unsubscribe>
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> Subject: [midatlanticretro] Report -- InfoAge work day...
> Hi all,
> We have some news that everyone will like ... and some news that'll
> Treasurer Jim want to kill me. :)
> Myself, Bill Degnan, Andy Mayer, John Allain, John Montenigro, Chris
> and David Gesswein (all the way from the D.C. area!) participated
> InfoAge's Frank O'Brien spoke with us for a while about our mission,
> and Fred Carl was very helpful today just as always. (Mark Dodel was
> supposed to bring us his OS/2 collection but was sick.)
> We began at 10-ish with doughnuts and a discussion of how to tackle
> InfoAge's Grabbe collection and our items. The original plan was to
> by cataloging everything, but we called an audible and decided to
> reorganize where everything is physically stored.
> We previously talked about having our museum space at InfoAge's main
> building ("the hotel") but there is too much happening there (events,
> construction) and there is too little security. So, per Fred's
> idea, we scoped out a nice part of the second building (I forget what
> called -- I mean the building directly behind the hotel where the
> Broadcasters Hall of Fame will also be located.) We realized that a
> of the rooms where John M. already placed some items from his recent
> are actually in an ideal location -- an otherwise unclaimed hallway
> locks on both ends. We vaguely had Fred's permission to make this
> but he had to leave for a few hours. The conclusion: "It's easier to
> do now
> and ask for forgiveness later than to get permission first."
> We began moving all the heavy computers (lots of DEC, teletypes,
> etc.) from the NJBHOF room down the hall to a couple of the rooms in
> new turf. We spread out the items across a few of the rooms... each
> room we
> use for storage makes it one less room another group can claim,
> right? Once
> completed, we stopped for a pizza lunch and then moved to the hotel
> basement, where Fred in the morning showed us a quasi-hidden room
> strong shelves, decent lighting, and decent security. We moved many
> of the
> basement items (mostly Grabbe collection stuff) into this adjacent
> room and
> organized it quite nicely. Many of the items from John M.'s recent
> are not of interest for our museum, but are things we can use to sell
> barter / share with other groups, so we put those all in one group of
> shelves. Thus we now actually have some (gasp!) organization to our
> collection. Other parts of the collection were too big / heavy to
> move into
> the adjacent room or to the upstairs hallway in the next building,
> but we
> still made progress with those items by getting most of them off the
> and wrapped in plastic. Perhaps most important, in both areas where
> collection now sits, we made clear distinctions between what belongs
> InfoAge and what belongs to MARCH.
> Fred returned and we explained our claim for the second building's
> rooms. He asked us to scale back that plan just a tad. :) However,
> reached a compromise -- we'll start with just the rooms on one side
> of the
> hallway, and Fred will change the locks on those rooms' doors,
> keeping one
> key and giving the other to us exclusively. Those rooms are pretty
> good for
> serving as a computer museum. Many of them have pass-through doors
> the rooms, and Fred said it's fine if we want to install
> pass-throughs in
> the rooms which lack them. We envision giving each room a theme --
> minicomputer room, the microcomputer room, the gaming room, and so
> Finally, we had an impromptu meeting with Fred about InfoAge's
> mission / our
> mission, fundraising opportunities, etc. ... I'll follow-up on these
> in other messages in the near future. One highlight: the vast
> collection is only LESS THAN HALF of Mr. Grabbe's full collection.
> other half is yet to be transported from Grabbe's home in the
> Harrisburg, PA
> area to InfoAge. Fred is working on setting this up. When the time
> he'll need three assistants -- "two to move the collection and one to
> Mr. Grabbe occupied" -- Fred's words, not mine.
> No real cataloging was done today (although there was some
> When you have a big intimidating mess of stuff to clean up, like a
> pile of toys, the first problem is figuring out where to start.
> Today, we
> accomplished that and more -- we not only started but we now have a
> clearer understanding of what's "our" space at InfoAge.
> Fred also told us that April 1 will be the ceremony for officially
> over the buildings from the town to InfoAge. As with the WWII
> day a few months ago, he'd like us to have a (small) exhibit
> presence. A few
> weeks later (April 22-23) is the Trenton show. Unlike this year's
> show, we only should have a MARCH booth, not a whole room / exhibit
> The reason is because we don't want the public to say "Well I just
> saw your
> old computers in Trenton, why should I come to VCF East a few weeks
> Joe Public doesn't know what VCF is, so we absolutely can't afford to
> cannibalize our event by doing too much at Trenton next year.
> Instead, at
> Trenton we'll just man a booth and sign up people for our list and
> distribute flyers and stuff.
> One month from tomorrow is T-minus six months to VCF East. If you're
> reading this and did not yet start thinking about fundraising ideas
> and your
> exhibit plans, please do so now!! Six months will transpire FAST if
> not careful planners.
> Thanks to everyone who showed up to help today. Let's do it again in
> couple of months, but hopefully not when it snows.
> - Evan
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