Early hobby computer shows
- Here's something that I learned while skimming the ACS newsletters tonight.
As far as I know, Trenton in '76 was the "first" computer show meant for hobbyists. PC'76 in Atlantic City followed it a few months later.
But what about amateur sessions at business computer conferences?
We know that RESISTORS demo'd at the Spring Joint Computer Conference, in '68, in Atlantic City. Unfortunately I didn't find any references to Claude or his club in the ACS newsletters.
According to one of Gray's article, there was also a student event at the National Computer Conference in '76. Gray wrote that he gave a talk there (June 8) on "Building Your Own Computer". He goes on to give a detailed report of that event, the "Student Computer Fair", at NCC. He said the winner was a 9th-grader from Pennsylvania who won an Altair 8800 kit. He said the kid's father was a chemist at Univac.
I'd like to track down the kid. No names are given.
Wondering aloud: does anyone know of other business computer events in the 60s/70s where amateurs, hobbyists, or students were given access to strut their stuff?
> Wondering aloud: does anyone know of other business computer events in theDECUS, probably. I am not sure when NADGUG formed, but probably there
> 60s/70s where amateurs, hobbyists, or students were given access to strut
> their stuff?
as well. These were fairly informal conferences, so there probably was
some "amateur activity".
- Evan ..dr dobbs has refs to early hobbyist shows. Also talk we did about midatlantic history has some first show refs.
Sent from my PDP 8/e.