- Hi, everybody! (Reply in unison: "Hi, Dr. Nick!"),
Went to yet another InfoAge board meeting last night. Lots of stuff to
The most exciting news: we (the InfoAge board, not MARCH) decided on a way
to build a large "preview museum" very quickly.
You know how new housing developments always include one "demo" house for
customers to check out? That's basically the new plan at InfoAge. When you
enter the main building ("the hotel") through its lobby, there is a long
hallway to your right with a bunch of empty rooms. Conveniently, the number
of rooms just about equals the number of different groups based at InfoAge
overall. The rooms vary in size but they were all designed as offices. So
anyway, each of the InfoAge groups will get a room (or two for some of the
larger groups), which we're to use to create small previews of our
forthcoming real museums.
The beauty of this plan is that smaller organizations like MARCH get to make
something tangible without waiting years for the results. It also helps the
public because suddenly (by this fall or so) the main building will be
packed solid with exhibits; we'll no longer just be about explaining what's
going to happen in theory. Meanwhile, InfoAge and all the member groups
will get income from the preview museum, and we can continue planning our
"real" museum in the background.
The room assigned to MARCH is small -- approximately 11x12 ft. -- but it has
a great location (first room next to the lobby) and it's fairly secure. It
also has an air conditioner which may or may not work. It's adjacent to the
room where Frank O'Brien will house his NASA Apollo computer exhibit, and
there's a doorway between the two rooms; it was my idea to situate us and
him together because we're both about computers.
Because of the space limitation, what I think we should do is pick one or
two representative computers from each of a handful of major categories and
make some mini-exhibits. For example, we could include a couple 70s and 80s
micros, a PDP-11, etc. ... Just enough for our room to be busy and colorful
and for visitors to come by and say "Wow a whole room full of old
computers!" and for us to reply "You ain't seen nothing yet, this is only
the 1/10th-scale preview of our real museum."
I and the rest of the InfoAge board are really jazzed about this project,
which was the brainstorm of the folks from the NJ historical divers
assocation. So, I welcome any and all feedback about what / how we should
exhibit in this preview area.
Also at the meeting, we discussed upcoming events. One major event is
Saturday, April 1 -- the official "transfer ceremony" for the powers that be
to turn over the lease and stuff. It's all a giant formality of course
because InfoAge has basically had the run of the land for years already.
But our presence is requested, and it can be anything from me at a table
with some computers from our in-house collection, or there can be a few
small actual exhibits if anybody wants to do that. Similarly, June 9-11 is
the Armed Forces Day event at nearby Fort Monmouth; we'll plan for that at
some later time. A third event is a June 1 semi-forum InfoAge fundraiser at
$100 a head; I will go to represent us although all are welcome.
Lastly, there are people working at InfoAge almost every Saturday and
Sunday. So if any MARCH members happen to have a free day or half-day, of
happen to be in the area with time to kill, then let me know (or contact
Fred directly at 732-299-0894) to help out with stuff. Quite frankly, it
would be nice for people other than just me to visit and help, especially
since all of the current work is of direct benefit to our May 13 event.
Evan Koblentz's personal homepage: http://www.snarc.net
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