CHM gripe (was: rarest computers)

From: ed sharpe <>
Date: Sun Aug 8 13:19:42 2004

yes, it is best to call the person back the same day...
Thanks Ed Sharpe archivist for SMECC

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----- Original Message -----
From: "Jules Richardson" <>
To: "On-Topic and Off-Topic Posts" <>
Sent: Wednesday, August 04, 2004 3:23 AM
Subject: Re: CHM gripe (was: rarest computers)

> On Wed, 2004-08-04 at 03:05, 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 ...
> Well, Bletchley's not so much different I suppose. The museum's horribly
> under-staffed by volunteers who are naturally busy doing other things
> most of the time. The volunteers aren't local enough to see immediately
> what examples of the machine being offered we have on site and the
> condition. The only time there's generally a quick response is when it's
> something we know we either don't have, or something so common that we
> know we have lots of them or would have no trouble finding one when we
> suddenly needed one.
> Personally the first thing I usually ask of anyone offering to donate
> something is how soon they need it gone :-) We've had people throw stuff
> in the bin before because they haven't had a response the same day.
> cheers,
> Jules
Received on Sun Aug 08 2004 - 13:19:42 BST

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