CHM gripe (was: rarest computers)

From: Vintage Computer Festival <>
Date: Wed Aug 4 00:40:23 2004

On Tue, 3 Aug 2004, Jim Battle wrote:

> I'm not so keen on the CHM. I don't know if I aired this already or
> not, but I think not.
> When I left the bay area a couple months ago, I tried to give my working
> wang 2200 with terminal, manuals, working floppy disk system,
> fixed/removable hard disk system, and disks.
> It took a LOT of work (weeks of one-sided prodding) on my part to have
> them consider it. "The curator will contact you in a few days..." (a
> week passes), another email, "The curator will contact you in a few
> days...", more time passes, another email, "Could you describe it
> again?", etc.
> After more than a month of delay, I received and email with the tenor of
> a form letter along these lines: Dear Jim, thank you for considering the
> CHM. Unfortunately at this time we don't have an interest in obtaining
> your keypunch machine. Here are the names of some other museums that
> may be interested ...
> It went to the digibarn instead. That they didn't want my computer
> isn't what ruffled me -- it was their seeming indifference to what I
> thought was a generous offer. At any rate, I'm sure the computer ended
> up with someone (Bruce) who appreciates it more than the CHM.


I'm a big fan of the CHM (as you may have guessed). I can assure you that
the problems you had, while inexcusable, are mostly because of a lack of
adequate staff to handle the inquiries they get. You shouldn't feel
slighted or insulted by it.

Your Wang should have gone to the CHM. However, I'm glad Bruce ended up
with it, because the DigiBarn will be a great long-term home for it. It
was the CHM's loss.

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