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  • Evan
    Nov 13, 2005
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      We have photos.  :)

      From: midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com [mailto:midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Bob Grieb
      Sent: Sunday, November 13, 2005 6:27 PM
      To: midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: OOPS! -- RE: [midatlanticretro] Report -- InfoAge work day...


         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

      > Sorry!
      >   _____ 
      > From: midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com
      [mailto:midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Evan
      > Sent:
      Saturday, November 12, 2005 8:27 PM
      > To:
      > Subject: [midatlanticretro] Report --
      InfoAge work day...
      > Hi all,
      > We have
      some news that everyone will like ... and some news that'll
      > make
      Treasurer Jim want to kill me.  :)
      > Myself, Bill Degnan,
      Andy Mayer, John Allain, John Montenigro, Chris
      > Keegan,
      > 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
      > etc.,
      > 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
      > start
      > by cataloging
      everything, but we called an audible and decided to
      > first
      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
      > original
      idea, we scoped out a nice part of the second building (I forget what
      > called -- I mean the building directly behind the hotel where
      > National
      > Broadcasters Hall of Fame will also be
      located.)  We realized that a
      > couple
      > of the rooms where
      John M. already placed some items from his recent
      > rescues
      > are
      actually in an ideal location -- an otherwise unclaimed hallway
      > locks on both ends.  We vaguely had Fred's permission to make
      > claim,
      > 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,
      > servers,
      > etc.) from the
      NJBHOF room down the hall to a couple of the rooms in
      > "our"
      > 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
      > 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
      > with
      > 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
      > /
      > 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
      > floor
      and wrapped in plastic.  Perhaps most important, in both areas where
      > our
      > collection now sits, we made clear distinctions
      between what belongs
      > to
      > InfoAge and what belongs to
      > Fred returned and we explained our claim for the second
      > hallway
      > rooms.  He asked us to scale back that
      plan just a tad. :)  However,
      > we
      > 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
      > between
      > 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 --
      > the
      minicomputer room, the microcomputer room, the gaming room, and so
      > Finally, we had an impromptu meeting with Fred about
      > mission / our
      > mission, fundraising opportunities, etc.
      ... I'll follow-up on these
      > topics
      > in other messages in the near
      future.  One highlight: the vast
      > InfoAge
      > collection is only
      LESS THAN HALF of Mr. Grabbe's full collection.
      > The
      > other half
      is yet to be transported from Grabbe's home in the
      > Harrisburg,
      > area to InfoAge.  Fred is working on setting this up.  When
      the time
      > comes,
      > he'll need three assistants -- "two to move the
      collection and one to
      > keep
      > Mr. Grabbe occupied" -- Fred's words,
      not mine.
      > No real cataloging was done today (although there was
      > photography).
      > When you have a big intimidating mess of
      stuff to clean up, like a
      > child's
      > 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
      > much
      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
      > dedication
      > 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
      > Trenton
      > show, we only should
      have a MARCH booth, not a whole room / exhibit
      > again.
      > 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
      > exhibit plans, please do so now!!  Six months will transpire
      FAST if
      > we're
      > 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
      Koblentz's personal homepage: http://www.snarc.net
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      Collector Newsletter:
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