They say, "You can't live in the past". That may be true, but
sometimes, it's a nice place to visit.
I again had the opportunity to visit the InfoAge Museum in Wall, New
Jersey, and see the tremendous progress being made by the volunteers,
to whip the place into a world-class exhibition.
I was given a tour of the commercial communications exhibit, which
encompassed everything from the telegraph to television. It was
nicely laid out in a modern, well lit exhibit hall, and, "everything
worked!" Beautifully preserved vintage radios and TVs as well as
display cases of old radio parts and components, brought back many
memories. An interesting display approach was provided by using high-
tech CD-ROM and DVD recordings of old radio and TV shows which were
then transmitted to the old sets. So, visitors could listen to "The
Lone Ranger", Jack Benny, and really old re-runs, as they would have
been heard and seen in "The Days of Yesteryear".
The computer museum is a work in progress. There is a "Preview Room"
up and running with displays that include everything from analog
computers to old Atari, Apple, Commodore, and IBM PCs. Of course,
computer technology didn't start with the microprocessor. Exhibition
rooms are being set up to display parts of mainframes and
minicomputers from manufacturers like DEC, VAX, HP, etc.
I had a chance to go, "behind the scenes" to view the storeroom
containing rows and rows of old vintage equipment waiting to be
inventoried and made ready for display. I also had an opportunity to
see a fully loaded electronics laboratory that is shared by the
computer group and the New Jersey Antique Radio Club . WOW! I was
teleported back to the Sixties! What better way to keep all this old
gear up and running than with vintage test equipment? Here were older
Tektronix scopes, function generators, tools, and an assortment of
parts I hadn't seen in years. It was good to be back!
There is still lots of work to be done, but the I could already see
the tremendous potential that InfoAge represents.