622Re: [midatlanticretro] Digest Number 93
- Jun 2, 2005This might be a repeat... having problems with the mail system here at
work, so I'll resend this through my home machine instead...
Since there was some interest in who the lurkers are, I'll toss in some
I got involved with microcomputers in 1976 (age 13) via an article in QST
(ham radio). Mom let me buy my first computer, a KIM-1, in 1978. Until
then, I furiously read and re-read issues of Dr Dobb's Journal, many of
which are still in my basement. I published several articles as a 17 year
old in Micro about porting Tiny PILOT to the KIM. After the KIM, I moved
to an OSI SuperBoard. That was followed by an Atari 800 (with disk
drives... woohooo!), Apple II, etc.
Started working at Franklin Computer as a software engineer in 1982
at age 19. While there, I acquired more Ataris, several prototype Franklin
machines that were never produced, a Ferguson Big Board, an IBM
System 3 (yeah, a real beast), some Franklin production machines, an
S-100 box, etc.
Around 1985 I lost my interest in old computers and got rid of almost
everything not current/fun. At the time, I subscribed to Micro
Cornucopia (have most in the basement) and ended up selling my
Ferguson Big-Board to the publisher (Dave something). It was packed
into an ACE-100 case that I'd die to have again (still have one of the
very early motherboards).
I also got rid of my collection of PDP-11 machines. The first computer I
ever used was a PDP-11/45 that a friend got me access to when he was
a grad student at Princeton, so PDP-11s have always meant a lot to me.
My very first program (computing area of a square) is hanging on my
wall, printed from an old teletype machine at Princeton.
Now I'm slowly collecting some odd Franklin machines, helping other
Franklin collectors find the rare prototypes, and once again have a KIM-1
in the basement. Having always been fascinated by Tiny Basic, I contacted
Tom Pittman and got the code. He lost the source, so I disassembled the
6502 version and re-commented it, then sent him source. He assisted in
commenting some of the sections I wasn't sure about. Slowly, I'm making
some expansion boards for myself and a few others with bare KIMs
looking to add some more memory, I/O, etc.
I also have some old Atari 800s that my son enjoys playing games on, but
that's about all the retro stuff I currently have.
I had a great time at TCF talking to the fellow who collects OSI machines.
In the picture on the MARCH page on Yahoo, I'm in the upper right,
wearing a tan jacket talking to the OSI fellow with the red shirt on.
FWIW, I missed the first two, but attended every TCF until they moved
to Edison. This year I went back to Trenton and had a great time... the
MARCH exhibit was a lot of fun!
Bob - K2UT
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