Quick Visual Recap of Day 1 at CoCoFEST! 2014

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I was able to attend the first day of the 23rd Annual "Last" Chicago CoCoFEST!, put on by the Glenside CCC, which ran from April 26 - 27, 2014, in Lombard, Illinois, which is a suburb of Chicago. Besides the great time my family and I had at our first, albeit short, trip to the area, I also had a great time at my first CoCoFEST!. The fest featured exhibitors, seminars, and an auction. In fact, Boisy Pitre and I even gave a surprise Q&A session about our book, CoCo: The Colorful History of Tandy's Underdog Computer.

Here are some of the fest-specifc photos, taken with my HTC One (M8) smartphone, with some light commentary (I'm purposely keeping the mention of names to a minimum for various practical reasons--it was obviously a great pleasure meeting everyone):


The fest was held right behind the hotel. Lombard is a suburb of Chicago, so it provided great access to the city's famous cuisine.


Jim O'Keefe provided some cool buttons.


The show was held in the hotel-adjacent building's "basement."

Some of the exhibits:

We were happy to sign books:

More exhibits:






How I first learned I was doing a Q&A with Boisy:

More exhibits:



John Linville giving his talk about an easy-to-use 8-bit color mode for the CoCo 3:

This was also the area where the other talks were given, including the Q&A Boisy and I gave, as well as where the auction took place (you can see some of the items on the side tables):

Thanks to John Strong for the photo of us giving the Q&A. It was a great time with a wonderful audience. Note too some of the cool software I picked up at the show. At some point I'll provide some additional coverage of the software and the other items I procured at the event:

One of the items I won at auction. I really just wanted the cables, but got the whole crate, which included disks and disk boxes:

Some more of the great software and hardware I got at the show (not the Xbox 360 controller or one of my daughter's Merida dolls):