>>> IIRC, Joyce Weisbecker sent a message to MARCH once
Indeed. She also sent me a private email, which I quite honestly forgot
about until your reminder today. It's about time that I send her a
long-overdue follow up message .....
I looked up the original message. This is what she wrote:
Thanks for the personal note. I've been volunteering at the David
Sarnoff Library (DSL) (a new museum of innovation, as oppposed to
science &/or technology, based on the work done at RCA), so I haven't
had much chance to help out at InfoAge yet.
My father, Joe Weisbecker, invented the 1802. He worked on the RCA 501
and Spectra 70 in Camden, then after RCA moved the computer division to
Marlboro, MA, he convinced the Solid State Physics division in
Somerville to pick up his hobby work on a microprocessor as an official
RCA project. He built the TTL prototype in our basement, which is on
display at the DSL. The ELF articles in Popular Electronics were his, as
were the MicroTutor, VIP computer and the Studio II video game.
I think I found MARCH from the Yahoo! Groups for DigiComp and other ESR
products. My father invented Think-A-Dot, an ESR product, and I think
some one on that board either mentioned MARCH or VCF East or one of the
vintage computer websites that referenced MARCH. I dunno, it was
definitely just luck that I stumbled onto you folks :). But I would have
found you at TCF anyway, as it turns out :).
Just in case some of the old-timers remember these, some of the other
toys and games my father invented were Decisions! Decisions! and Fleep
House. Stay Alive was a board game by Marvin Glass & Associates that
infringed on the Decisions! Decisions! patent, so my father split the
royalties from Milton Bradley.
Can't wait until I get some more free time so I can pitch in at MARCH
work days and events. There are lots of people out there trying to
introduce their kids to the fun they had with the old, simple computers.
I'm convinced that MARCH's exhibits and events will be very popular, as
well as historically important.