CHM gripe (was: rarest computers)

From: ed sharpe <>
Date: Sun Aug 8 13:02:15 2004

a pity you were not in Arizona, we would have given the Wang a home in a
Thanks Ed Sharpe archivist for SMECC

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to see other engineering fields, communications and computation stuff we
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Jim Battle" <>
To: <General Discussion :>; "On-Topic and Off-Topic Posts"
Sent: Tuesday, August 03, 2004 8:05 PM
Subject: CHM gripe (was: rarest computers)

> Vintage Computer Festival wrote:
> ...
> > Anything that comes my way like that I usually channel over the the
> > Computer History Museum. This would include several important items so
> > far.
> 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.
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