Great to see folks today!
- I had a fun time with the fellow MARCH members today! Bob Greib
says Bill D's Altair got up an running... great news!
Sorry I couldn't go to dinner with you guys, but my sister lives
about 3 miles from TCNJ and had a big dinner planned with lots of
family members, so that came first. I got back down to Bob G's
place around 7:30 to get my car and he filled me in on some of
the details of what went on after I left.
Unfortunately a serious problem at work will require my attention
Sunday, so I won't make it back up until next year.
Thanks again for the fun day!
BTW... there was much confusion. Bob G and I (Bob) are both
from Medford and both worked for Franklin Computer. Bill D was
from Medford, but confused Herb with Bob G since they looked
very similar, had the same sort of shirts, both wore caps and
jeans. It took a few minutes in the parking lot to sort out
><snip>Just to add to the confusion...It was Evan who thought Bob Grieb was
>Thanks again for the fun day!
>BTW... there was much confusion. Bob G and I (Bob) are both
>from Medford and both worked for Franklin Computer. Bill D was
>from Medford, but confused Herb with Bob G since they looked
>very similar, had the same sort of shirts, both wore caps and
>jeans. It took a few minutes in the parking lot to sort out
Herb. For a while I was referring to Bob G as Bob A.
Had a great time, picked up some great stuff. Tested the Altair when I got
home to be sure it was still OK....
Bill D (formerly from Medford, NJ...now from Landenberg, PA.
- Just arrived at home here in Pittsburgh about 11:30pm. Thought I post
something before I hit the hay. It was good to see everyone after a long
time, had a good time at the dinner too. Can't wait to see the VCF setup
at the InfoAge site.
You guys already left at the end of the day but we launched one of my
rockets there in the flea market to officially signify the end of the
TCF event--all in spirit of the historic Field Artillery of the Colonial
army at the Battle of Trenton--thankfully, no actual battle damage--but
then there were no Hessian soldiers either--but we sure impressed some
of the college girls there --woohoo !)
You guys have it made in NJ, you never have to pump your own gas, the
guy wouldnt let me pump gas (it's illegal !?)
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- Dan <ragooman@...> wrote:
> You guys already left at the end of the day but we launched one of my
> rockets there in the flea market to officially signify the end of the
> TCF event--all in spirit of the historic Field Artillery of the
> army at the Battle of Trenton--thankfully, no actual battle damage--butHowever...the remains of the rocket landed near my car, and caused me
> then there were no Hessian soldiers either--but we sure impressed some
> of the college girls there --woohoo !)
a bit of consteration until I saw there was no damage. Of course, I
was worried about the InfoAge tables which were loaded in there.
"Dr. S-100" house call report
I enjoyed my time at TCF and among my MARCH colleagues. We all had a
pleasant dinner on Saturday night; film is forthcoming. I sat in at
the MARCH booths in the flea market, and at the show. Many people came
by and were much impressed with our bits of old technology. MARCH gave
them an opportunity to revisit their own computer past.
There was the usual declining activity in the fleamarket: one had to
look HARD to find the boatanchors which were once prevelant there.
Even the dumpsters had nothing to offer - I recall when I fished out
Zenith Z-100 systems from them. I myself bought a few widgets, nothing
very old. Amung the oldest items I bought were ones from the MARCH
table! But I picked up some books from the 1950's (about
oscilloscopes) which I passed along, and some 1970's semiconductor
databooks. Not much at the flea market for the gaming computers of the
1980's, those too were once common until fairly recently.
I'll have to think about participating in an S-100 way, next year.
Bill Degan was close to doing that: he brought a MITS 680 and was
assisted with some repairs on-site.
I'll have photos of the show available in the near future. I'll post a
Herbert R. Johnson, New Jersey USA
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"Herb's Stuff": old Mac, SGI, 8-inch floppy drives
S-100 IMSAI Altair computers, docs, by "Dr. S-100"