Reminder: Fourth Annual Vintage Computer Festival this weekend in New Jersey

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This is just a reminder that VCF East 4.0 will be held this coming weekend in Wall Township, New Jersey. There will be talks with some past Commodore greats from around the PET era, plenty of displays and a flea market. I'm going to try and make the Saturday session if all goes well.

http://www.vintage.org/2007/east/index.php
From the Website:
Vintage Computer Festival East 4.0
Saturday, June 9th and Sunday, June 10th
InfoAge Science Center
Wall Township, New Jersey
The 4th annual Vintage Computer Festival will be held on Saturday, June 9th and Sunday, June 10th, at the InfoAge Learning Center at 2201 Marconi Rd. in Wall, New Jersey, 07719, itself located in historic Monmouth County. The event is sponsored by MARCH and VintageTech.

The doors open at 10:00am each day. Speakers begin at 10:15am and end at 2:00pm. The Exhibit and Marketplace open at 2:00pm and end at 6:00pm.

Admission is $15 for two days, $10 for one day. Children 12 and younger are admitted free of charge. Parking is free.

SPECIAL EVENT: This year the VCF East will honor the 30th anniversary of Commodore's entry into the computer market. A panel discussion beginning Saturday at 10:30 will include Chuck Peddle, Bil Herd, Bob Russell, and Dave Haynie. The panel is expected to last until 12:00, followed by audience Q&A and autograph signings.

Immediately after the Commodore panel, make sure you have your VCF ticket stub handy: we'll give away a brand new Micro-KIM replica kit, which is Briel Computers' angle on the KIM-1 computer developed in the 1975 by Peddle himself at MOS Technology.

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MARCH, VintageTech, and the InfoAge Science Center announce the Vintage Computer Festival East 4.0

•What: A celebration of computers, technology, and culture from the 1940s - 1980s. Open to the public
•When: June 9-10. Lectures from 10am-2pm, exhibits from 2-6pm both days
•Where: InfoAge Science Center, 2201 Marconi Rd., Wall, N.J., 07719
•Cost: $10/one day; $15/two days; free for 12 and younger, free parking
•Contact: Evan Koblentz, evank@midatlanticretro.org, 646-546-9999

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Do 8 bits excite you more than 64? Prefer blinkenlights over SVGA? Yearn for the days of input via toggle switches and paper tape? Or just want to play some Pac-Man? Then check out the Vintage Computer Festival East 4.0, June 9-10, at the InfoAge Science Center in Wall, New Jersey. This year's event is again hosted by MARCH -- the Mid-Atlantic Retro Computing Hobbyists.

The Vintage Computer Festival began in 1997 in Silicon Valley, migrated eastward in 2001, and became a MARCH event in 2006. So what is a VCF? Imagine an antique car show where every owner let you test-drive his car, and where Henry Ford gave a lecture and signed autographs! It sounds unreal, but that's what happens with vintage computer technology at every edition of the VCF.

This year's edition of the VCF East will feature 20 exhibits of computer technology from the 1940s to 1980s. Visitors will have the opportunity to use an IBM punch-card machine, witness a legendary Digital Equipment Corp. PDP-8 minicomputer in action, and experience all the top brands of 1970s microcomputers from companies like Apple, Commodore, and many others. Older S-100 kit computers, single-board computers, portables, and even analog and prehistoric computer technology will be demonstrated. On the extremes, we have one exhibitor preparing to show an authentic NASA Apollo flight computer, and another who'll display the most classic videogame console ever -- Atari -- play it 'til you drop! Read the full exhibitor list at http://www.vintage.org/2007/east/exhibit.php.

If that's not enough, then listen to some of our guest speakers. The highlight this year will be a 30th anniversary panel in honor of Commodore, which was headquartered nearby in West Chester, Pennsylvania. The panel's star is Chuck Peddle, inventor of the famous MOS Technology 6502 chip, used in a wide variety of classic single-board computers and in microcomputers such as the Commodore PET and the Apple II. Peddle will join us via live videoconference, in which he promises to share previously untold stories, after which he’ll answer audience questions. Commodore engineers appearing live at our show will include Bil Herd, Bob Russell, and Dave Haynie. We'll even have a birthday cake featuring the famous Commodore "Chickenhead" logo. Other speakers this year include Herb "Dr. S-100" Johnson, who'll explain the history of the CP/M operating system; Bill Degnan and Sellam Ismail; who together will give a crash-course in vintage computer discovery and restoration; and others to be announced. In addition, Ismail will give a second talk, but the topic is secret! You’ll have to be there to find out what he plans.

Yet another highlight of the VCF East 4.0 will be our new VCF Theatre, organized by acclaimed technology filmmaker Jason Scott. His films include "BBS: The Documentary" and the upcoming "Get Lamp" about text-adventure games. At the VCF Theatre, he'll be screening vintage computer-themed movies all weekend long in the afternoons.

New this year is the donate-to-sell booth. Here, everyone is welcome to donate vintage computing items, with all proceeds to help MARCH build its computer museum. Our museum directly benefits future generations, so do your part and give something to this wonderful non-profit cause! (We request that any unsold items be re-claimed before you leave the VCF.)

Did we mention the prizes? We'll have t-shirts, vintage computer replica kits, books, and maybe a surprise or two. All you have to do to win is show up, and be there when we announce winners each day.

Finally, should your historic technology interest extend beyond just computers, then you've come to the right place. Our venue at the InfoAge Science Center is historic in itself. The facility began life in 1912 as an R&D center for Britain's Marconi Wireless Telegraph Co., and then spent several decades as Camp Evans, a top-secret laboratory of the U.S. military. RADAR that first spotted airplanes over Pearl Harbor and mankind's first radio signal to the moon were invented here, along with numerous other achievements. Today, the center is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Black History Site. It's also home to the National Broadcasters Hall of Fame and an assortment of non-profit clubs all related to the history of technology, with a local focus.

Driving directions, lodging information, exhibit details and more are posted at www.vintage.org/2007/east/.

• For more information about MARCH, visit www.midatlanticretro.org
• For more information about the InfoAge Science Center, visit www.infoage.org
• For more information about VintageTech, visit www.vintagetech.com

General questions? Want to exhibit or have a vendor booth at the VCF East? Member of the media? Contact VCF East producer and MARCH president Evan Koblentz, evank@midatlanticretro.org, 646-546-9999.

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Photos and maybe even audio coming soon...

Just a heads-up, as soon as I get my act together, I'll definitely have photos from the event and may even have audio. Check back for a new blog post in a few days or so.

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Bill Loguidice, Managing Director
Armchair Arcade, Inc.
(A PC Magazine Top 100 Website)
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