I got home about an hour ago from the Trenton show.
Despite the rain, our club had a very successful show. Our booth was in the
back of the main exhibit floor, which is what we wanted, not stuck off in a
side room. Our booth had constant traffic throughout both days, even at the
end of today.
Andy, Bryan Pope, and myself were there both days. Jim Scheef and John
Allain helped yesterday, and Bob Grieb and Bob Applebee visited yesterday as
well. Frank O' and Herb Johnson hung around as well. John completed a
special mission for us, successful obtaining a TV in the outdoor flea market
for use with my Atari console, which drew many extra people to our booth.
Most people walked by our booth, did a double-take, and then their draws
dropped -- "Wow, I had a (fill in the blank)...!" -- it soon because an
entertaining and predicatable pattern. With each attendee, first we chatted
up the hobby for a few minutes, and then we hit them with "If you think this
is cool, take this flyer, we're having a whole show of just antique
computers next month." Most people seemed VERY eager and thankful for this
information, and several people offered to donate equipment to us.
We distributed about 450 flyers for VCF and about 200 for the club in
general. Many people promised to share the news with their friends /
colleagues / user groups. I also gave a talk both days which was just an
introduction to collecting. About 20 people attended Saturday and 7 or 8
As with last year, this show was fun on a social level too. We had good
neighbors on the exhibit floor -- Saturday the NJARC guys were in the booth
behind us, most of whom we already knew from InfoAge, and today they were
replaced by a Linux user group. Last night I went to dinner with Andy,
Bryan, and Herb. Today, Bryan went out at lunchtime and brought back a
pizza, so we were able to eat without ditching our booth or falling victim
to the TCF-provided food (worst. pretzels. ever.) Then we went to a diner
before going home.
Also, Bill rescued a PDP-11 in the flea market, but you already know that
from his recent messages.
Jim attempted to rescue an Alpha server, but failed to conjure the necessary
funds or transportation. :)
Next stop: we're 100% focused on the VCF! InfoAge is hosting an event for
the historic diving / shipwrecks club the weekend before our event, which
means next weekend (April 29/30) is the last chance for we volunteers to
make the main InfoAge building look presentable for VCF. My suggestion:
everyone vote for which day they prefer to work, and then we'll tell Fred,
who will give us a laundry list of projects that need help. As always,
whatever we do at InfoAge overall benefits us as a club, and vice-versa.