Vintage Computer Festival

From: COMMPUTERSEUM/Kevin Stumpf <>
Date: Sat Sep 6 08:08:30 1997

You've done well Luke Skywalker.

This is an effective announcement and good use of the web for current list
of speakers.

What about newsgroups? Who is sending this announcement to them and which ones?

How about funding? What do you think?

You're doing a good overall job. All good things start small. No matter who
or how many attend, you will be able to say you did it. Mind you, the bills
must be paid.

Please let me tell you a short story. I thought we had a great idea for a
fund-raiser for the COMMPUTERSEUM. We would hold a public viewing of
Triumphs of the Nerds complete with door prizes and lots'o fun (picture
this: the ticket numbers were printed in binary, octal, and hex yet the door
prize numbers were called out in decimal, so to win you first had to
convert!). We called it Nerd Night, got lots'o publicity, a nice theater on
campus at the University of Waterloo (perhaps you've heard of it by its
nickname - Microsoft U.). Everyone said what a great idea, ha, ha Nerd Night
in a city of nerds - we called it a Nerdly Celebration, PBS gave us a free
copy of Triumph and permission to use it to raise funds. Everything pointed
towards success...little did we know...At the appointed time the theater was
empty soon three people showed up.

Gee wiz, $30 in receipts. Oh well more will come, we thught, so we started
the film. Suddenly it occured to me; if we show the film thereby renting the
theater and no one else comes we'll lose money. So in the dark I stoped the
VCR and when the lights came on explained the situation to the audience and
offered to let them borrow the tapes and return their money. Everyone
understood and agreed, two borrowed the tapes, all three left their money
with the COMMPUTERSEUM. A failure? Perhaps, but we learned and probably all
sorts of people think a Nerd Night was held in Waterloo, Ontario., well hey,
it did. It's on record.

Take care ace

> Announcing the First Annual Vintage Computer Festival!
> ------------------------------------------------------
>Mark your calendars! The first ever public celebration of vintage
>computers will take place at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton,
>California this October 25th and 26th.
>The Vintage Computer Festival (VCF) is the first event of its kind
>anywhere in the world. This two day festival will feature presentations
>and workshops by notable computer industry figures and vintage computer
>hobbyists. There will also be an on-site, hands-on vintage computer
>exhibition. Experiment with the classic computers of yesteryear!
>Each year a computer from the past is placed in the Vintage Computer
>Spotlight. This year we focus on the Apple ][. To celebrate the 20th
>anniversary of this classic, we will be giving away an original Apple ][
>personal computer! Each person who attends the VCF is automatically
>entered into the drawing!
>Both seasoned and new computer collectors will enjoy workshops and
>panels to share ideas and learn about finding, acquiring, restoring,
>and enjoying vintage computers.
>The VCF also features the Vintage Computer Flea Market. Find those old
>computers, peripherals, manuals, and programs you've been looking for!
>The flea market is the ideal way for new comers to the field to start
>their own collection or for seasoned collectors to add to their existing
>Celebrate the good old days of computing! Attend the First Annual Vintage
>Computer Festival!!!
> When: October 25-26th, 9:00AM - 5:00PM daily
> Where: Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, California
>Admission: Pre-registered ($SAVE$)
> Individual: $15
> Family: $24 (two adults and four children)
> Benefits of pre-registration include:
> o Access to speakers, workshops, flea market and
> exhibition
> o Pre-paid parking
> To pre-register, send a check or money order to:
> Vintage Computer Festival
> 4275-29 Rosewood Drive #161
> Pleasanton, California 94588
> Please make checks payable to "Vintage Computer Festival"
> At-the-door
> o Speakers, Workshops, Flea Market and Exhibition
> Individual: $10.00
> Family: $16.00
> o Flea Market and Exhibition only
> Individual: $5.00
> Family: $10.00
> Please note: "At-the-door" rate is for a one day pass
> only and does not include parking.
>For more information including the latest list of speakers and workshops
>please check out:
>or send e-mail to:
>Sam Alternate e-mail:
>Computer Historian, Programmer, Musician, Philosopher, Athlete, Writer, Jackass
Received on Sat Sep 06 1997 - 08:08:30 BST

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