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  • Evan
    Will do, sorry. When I wrote that, I was thinking of Connecticut as New England, not Mid-Atlantic. _____ From: midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com
    Message 1 of 211 , Aug 2, 2005
      Will do, sorry.  When I wrote that, I was thinking of Connecticut as New England, not Mid-Atlantic.

      From: midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com [mailto:midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Jim Scheef
      Sent: Tuesday, August 02, 2005 8:52 AM
      To: midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [midatlanticretro] File - marchfaq.txt

      Could we change "New York" to "Connecticut"? :-)


      --- midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com wrote:

      > MARCH frequently asked questions
      > 1. I'm a nerd and
      live somewhere between New York and Virginia, yet I
      > never heard of you
      > That's because we are new.  We began in early
      > 2. What does MARCH mean?
      > We're
      "Mid-Atlantic Retro Computing Hobbyists" -- an informal club /
      > user
      group for fans of vintage computers. Our online home is
      href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/midatlanticretro/">http://groups.yahoo.com/group/midatlanticretro/ -- we chose Yahoo not
      > because of its technical superiority (LOL!) but
      because it is
      > accessible to the masses.
      > 3. Just how
      > Informal enough that we have no officers and charge
      no dues, but not
      > so informal that we lack a mission.
      4. What is this mission of which you speak?
      > Our mission is
      simply to bring together local collectors, both offline
      > and online, for
      fun and information sharing.
      > 5. By 'vintage' do you mean, like,
      this old junky 486 in my closet?
      > No.  Someday that might
      be the case, but for now, no.  We mean the old
      > and not-so-junky
      Apple II hidden behind your 486.  We also mean your
      > Northstar
      Horizon, DEC PDP-11, Xerox Alto, Commodore Vic-20, and --
      > well you get
      the idea.  There used to be "the 10 year rule" saying
      > "it's
      vintage if it's more than 10 years old" but now that could mean
      > Windows
      95 and Pentiums, and we definitely do NOT mean those. 
      > Nowadays,
      "vintage" for computer collectors means (more or less)
      > anything from
      the pre-286 era.  Well, a copy of Windows 1.0 is vintage
      > software
      I guess.  But in general, if it runs Windows, we're not
      interested.  That is NOT a function of being inherently anti-
      Microsoft.  It's a function of Windows simply not being obsolete yet. 
      > We can hope.  ;)
      > 6. I still don't get it. 
      Where can I learn more about what's vintage?
      > Many places. 
      Pick up a copy of the book "Collectible Microcomputers"
      > by Michael
      Nadeau.  Or for non-micro aspects, go online.  Heck, go
      online anyway.  Check out the classiccmp.org mailing lists; the
      Vintage Computer Festival (vintage.org); old-computers.com; and many,
      many, many others.
      > 7. Where can I buy/sell/trade old
      > If you're in the mid-Atlantic region, than please
      try the "Virtual
      > Swap Meet" table in our Yahoo group database. 
      Otherwise, try Sellam
      > Ismail's site (
      href="http://vintagecomputermarketplace.org">http://vintagecomputermarketplace.org ) or Erik Klein's
      > site
      > (
      href="http://www.vintage-computer.com/vcforum">http://www.vintage-computer.com/vcforum ) or as a last resort, eBay.
      > 8. Okay, let's say I am interested
      in joining MARCH.  How?
      > Just post a friendly message to
      our boards introducing yourself. 
      > Include your name, where you're
      from in the region, and what you
      > collect.  Presto!  You're
      > 9. That's cool.  So what do you geeks actually DO
      > We're currently figuring that out.  Our first
      offline event was a
      > vintage computers exhibit at the 30th Trenton
      Computer Festival.
      > 10. What is the Trenton Computer
      > A 30-year-old show open to the public.  It is
      held at The College of
      > New Jersey, formerly known as Trenton State
      College, in Ewing, NJ. 
      > This year it was on April 16-17. 
      Please see tcf-nj.org for more
      > information.
      > 11. Who's
      > Sorry.  I'm Evan Koblentz.  A fellow big
      nerd.  I'm in central NJ. 
      > You can reach me at

      > 12. Okay, ummm, so what else will
      MARCH do?
      > We have a few ideas.  We will probably have
      multiple swap meets.  We
      > may be hosting future, regional
      iterations of the already famous
      > Vintage Computer Festival.  We
      might even run our own museum, in
      > conjunction with the NJ Antique Radio
      Club -- see infoage.org.
      > 14. MARCH is primarily a Jersey
      > No.  It's just a coincidence.  We have members
      all around, from
      > upstate New York to central Pennsylvania to
      Virginia.  We will plan
      > our future events all over the
      > 15. I have some other question not on this FAQ.
      > Okay.  Tell us what it is.  Do so again by posting to our
      > boards or pinging me offline.

    • Martin A Flynn
      Bill, I realized about 60 seconds after hitting send you were pointing our the FAQ was outdated.   Sorry about that. Martin On 10/11/2015 8:01 PM, Martin A
      Message 211 of 211 , Oct 11, 2015
        I realized about 60 seconds after hitting send you were pointing our the FAQ was outdated.   Sorry about that.


        On 10/11/2015 8:01 PM, Martin A Flynn maflynn@... [midatlanticretro] wrote:

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        In case the screen shot does not work:  https://apps.irs.gov/app/eos/pub78Search.do?ein1=47-4133714&names=&city=&state=All...&country=US&deductibility=all&dispatchMethod=searchCharities&submitName=Search 

        On 10/11/2015 7:51 PM, 'Bill Dromgoole' drummy@... [midatlanticretro] wrote:

        However we do not yet have federal 501(c)3 tax status.

        ----- Original Message -----
        From: <midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com>
        To: <midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com>
        Sent: Sunday, October 11, 2015 6:35 AM
        Subject: [midatlanticretro] File - marchfaq.txt

        > MARCH frequently asked questions -- updated Sept. 29, 2014
        > 1. What is MARCH?
        > MARCH is a user group for people who enjoy collecting, restoring, using, and
        > exhibiting antique/vintage computers. Our name is an acronym for Mid-Atlantic
        > Retro Computing Hobbyists. Our club's legal name has an "Inc." on the end
        > because we're incorporated as a non-profit in New Jersey. However we do not
        > yet have federal 501(c)3 tax status.
        > 2. Cool, I have some old-school Pentium IIs, and even a 486!
        > Sorry, but that's not what we do. By "antique/vintage" we mean things that are
        > far more historic. We start (with some exceptions) at the mid-1980s early GUI
        > systems, go into early-1980s/late-1970s 8-bit microcomputers, back into
        > mid-1970s homebrew kits and single-board computers, then find our way into
        > 1970s/1960s minicomputers when "mini" meant as big as a desk or refrigerator.
        > Finally, we're into mainframes of the 1950s and 1960s. Of course, we also
        > focus on all sorts of books/magazines, cultural artifacts, I/O devices
        > (teletypes, terminals) peripherals, software, storage hardware (keypunches,
        > magnetic/paper tape, etc.), and everything from this realm. Not counting
        > mathematical tools such as a slide rule, our oldest computer artifact is an
        > IBM 082 punch card sorter, from 1948.
        > 3. I'm a nerd and live somewhere between Connecticut and Virginia, yet I never
        > heard of you before.
        > Andy Meyer reiterated his idea for a regional user group in the second half of
        > 2004. Evan Koblentz started the Yahoo discussion group
        > (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/midatlanticretro/) in the beginning of 2005.
        > MARCH became a legal entity later that year. Our expertise is technical, but
        > we're not so good at marketing. Please help!
        > 4. So I have to live in the Mid-Atlantic part of the U.S. to join?
        > Nope. That description just conveys where most of our members and activities
        > are concentrated -- in the scalene triangle between Hartford, Pittsburgh, and
        > D.C. -- but people from beyond these areas are certainly welcome to join us.
        > 5. What does MARCH actually do?
        > In addition to the busy discussion list here in our Yahoo group, we also
        > operate a bricks-and-mortar computer museum on the New Jersey shore. Currently
        > our museum occupies almost 1,500 sq. ft. in a wing of the InfoAge Science
        > Center, located in Wall Township, New Jersey. We also host various events
        > throughout the year including the Vintage Computer Festival East (see question
        > #11), technical repair workshops, and our legendary holiday party.
        > 6. InfoAge Science Center? What's that?
        > 7. InfoAge is a relatively new museum and 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Its
        > construction began in the late 1990s and it opened in a "beta" mode in the
        > mid-2000s. Its facility is a whole campus, not just one building. There is a
        > very rich history here. The campus was built by the Marconi America Wireless
        > Telegraphy Co. as a receiving station in 1912, was used as a communications
        > laboratory by the U.S. Navy during WWI, and then was in private hands. It
        > became a U.S. Army Signal Corps R&D lab just before WWII and remained so until
        > the 1990s. Congress decided to close the lab and sell the land. Instead, local
        > historians recognized its history and formed InfoAge. Now the campus is on the
        > National Parks Service's National Register of Historic Places. InfoAge is also
        > a Black History Site and had several other federal and state designations
        > related to its service before, during, and after WWII. Public hours for our
        > wing are Sunday from 1pm to 5pm. We're also open on many Wednesdays, and some
        > Saturdays. You can also make an appointment. For more about the museum and
        > campus history please visit www.infoage.org.
        > 8. Okay, so back to this computer museum of yours. What's there?
        > Our museum has five exhibits: Mainframes, minicomputers, homebrew-era
        > computers, business microcomputers, and consumer microcomputers. We have many
        > ideas for more exhibits, and we plan to implement those ideas just as soon as
        > we move from our current space on campus into a larger building next door.
        > That could happen in another year or so.
        > 9. Do the computers just sit there or can I use them?
        > We strive to restore our systems to operational condition. Some computers,
        > especially the microcomputers, are relatively easy to restore and easy to
        > replace if necessary. Others, such as our minicomputers, require a more
        > serious effort. We make every effort to have these computers available for our
        > members' use and to demonstrate them for visitors.
        > 10. Can I help restore the computers?
        > Yes! Join our group, get to know us, and volunteer to help out.
        > 11. What else does MARCH do?
        > Lots of fun stuff. In addition to our discussion list and our museum, we also
        > host special events. Our flagship event is the Vintage Computer Festival East.
        > "VCF East" is a multi-day celebration of computer history! It includes a
        > hands-on exhibit hall, lectures, consignment room, book sale, food, prizes,
        > museum tours, and more. Our first edition of this hobbyist convention was VCF
        > East 3.0, in 2006, because the first two editions were run by a different
        > organization. VCF East 4.0 was in June 2007; VCF East 5.0 was in Sept. 2008,
        > VCF East 6.0 was in Sept. 2009, VCF East 7.0 was in May 2011, and VCF East 8.0
        > was in May 2012. We skipped 2010 and 2013. VCF East "9.1" was April 4-6, 2014.
        > VCF East 10.0 -- a.k.a. "VCFeX" -- will be April 17-19, 2015. Details are
        > frequently updated at http://www.vintage.org,
        > http://wwww.facebook.com/vcfeast, and http://www.twitter.com/vcfeast.
        > We also produce smaller exhibits at other events such HOPE (Hackers on Planet
        > Earth conference), NJ Science & Engineering Festival, Philadelphia Science
        > Carnival, Trenton Computer Festival, and World Maker Faire. In addition, we
        > have social events, tech days, museum days, a winter party, etc.
        > 12. I still don't get it. Where can I learn more about what's antique/vintage?
        > Many places. Pick up a copy of the book "Collectible Microcomputers" by
        > Michael Nadeau. Or for non-micro aspects, go online. Heck, go online anyway.
        > Check out the classiccmp.org mailing lists; vintage-computer.com/vcforum,
        > old-computers.com; and many, many, many others. (If you're interested in
        > specific machines, just post your question to our discussion list and we can
        > refer you to the best sites.)
        > 13. What's behind the scenes of this wacky endeavor?
        > We have some de facto officers; an official set of bylaws and all that boring
        > stuff is being worked on... we're just so busy having fun that we keep
        > procrastinating. The officers are (Evan Koblentz - prez), Jeffrey Brace and
        > Corey Cohen (VPs), and Justin Jernigan (treasurer).
        > 14. Members? Is it like just you and two buddies?
        > We're much bigger than that! We have dozens of members, and around 300 people
        > in our Yahoo group. Our youngest member is in his teens; our oldest is in his
        > 80s.
        > 15. What's it cost to join?
        > Nothing. MARCH membership is free (as in beer).
        > 16. So how do you fund the club?
        > Our primary fundraiser is the Vintage Computer Festival East, during which we
        > sell tickets, exhibit space, and various items. We also have an annual
        > donation drive. Sometimes we also rent artifacts for use at film/television
        > props.
        > 17. Can I make a donation of artifacts or funds?
        > Yes! Contact us first, and we'll make arrangements. Info is in the very next
        > question of this FAQ.
        > 17. I have a question.
        > Okay. Reach out to us! Do so by posting to our message boards or pinging me
        > (evan@... / phone: 646-546-9999) ... ask us anything, we're not shy!
        > (And moreover, unlike some computer clubs, we're not cliquey. All are welcome
        > here!)
        > 18. What else should I know before diving in to MARCH?
        > If you're a nerd who thinks really old computers and their related
        > technologies were cool, then give MARCH a chance. You'll be glad you did.
        > Also, if you were wondering, we're NOT a bunch of old farts who sit around and
        > whine about how much better things used to be. Quite the contrary: we're a
        > bunch of young and mid-life farts who ... ooooh maybe we said too much. :)
        > 19. What is your web site?
        > We're at www.midatlanticretro.org.
        > 20. Are you on social media?
        > Yes! We're facebook.com/marchmuseum and twitter.com/march_museum.
        > ------------------------------------

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