[vcf-midatlantic] Museum Report - 14-Aug-2016

Todd George todd.george at gmail.com
Sun Aug 14 20:13:07 EDT 2016

Pretty decent traffic at the museum today, we had about 16 visitors.
Surprising for a 95+ degree day.

I started off the afternoon by noticing that the Macintosh was still down.
I cracked it open and fixed what ailed it (these have a common issue with
yoke connector solder failure, that's exactly what it was).  I also ran
thorough all the caps with an ESR meter just to be sure.  Up and running,
and just in time... Keep reading.  :-D

Three of the groups of visitors had high interest.  One was a couple that
were probably 18 or 20 years old.  We also had a group that was two older
couples, the gentlemen both had mainframe experience, one of them showed a
lot of interest in the StorageTek as he had experience implementing them.
The last group of-note was a family with two younger children, one boy and
one girl.  The boy ran into the space so excited yelling "here it is, here
it is"... He walked straight toward the Macintosh and yelled back to his
father "The Macintosh M0001, here it is!!!".  Yes, this 8 year old (?) kid
knew EVERYTHING about this Macintosh.  Glad I had fixed it!  I had just
finished buttoning it up about 10 minutes prior to this.  His father
mentioned that he's obsessed with YouTube videos of vintage computers and
has been begging them for a while to either buy him an old Macintosh or
find one he could try.  His mother said she "was sure there had to be a
computer museum of some sort", and found us.  Collectively (they stopped by
a few times), they must have spent about 2 1/2 or 3 hours in our space.
The father was very knowledgeable about computers, and was being very
supportive of his budding vintage computer aficionado.  The boy's sister
was less supportive, rolling her eyes about the whole situation and
explaining to me how "he won't stop talking about this thing".

The rest of the visitors were of low to moderate interest and I think were
just wandering the facility to check out the other groups and just happened
to stop by our space.

Also, Valente's makes a great Pork BBQ sandwich for those who haven't tried


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