[vcf-midatlantic] The good old days of user groups.

Dave Wade dave.g4ugm at gmail.com
Thu Aug 27 03:44:24 EDT 2020

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> From: vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic-bounces at lists.vcfed.org> On Behalf
> Of Dave McGuire via vcf-midatlantic
> Sent: 27 August 2020 04:28
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> Cc: Dave McGuire <mcguire at neurotica.com>
> Subject: Re: [vcf-midatlantic] The good old days of user groups.
> On 8/26/20 11:26 PM, Mike Loewen via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
> >>  SHARE is still going strong; last year's was here in Pittsburgh.  It
> >> was so huge that it snarled traffic in and around the city for the
> >> entire week.
> >
> >     I attended a SHARE conference in San Francisco in 2002, mostly for
> > the RS6000/AIX stuff. When they found out I was a programmer rather
> > than a high-powered network administrator, I was treated like a
> > 2nd-class citizen.
>    Yep, that sounds like the IBM crowd. ;)
>             -Dave

I remember many  ago, when User Groups were the thing, I go to go to the UK Group meeting in Aberdeen, the "Granite City" so cold, wet and grey while my boss "Head of the IT Department" got to go to Paris.
At first he was happy, but after a meeting with the director responsible for IT he was some what subdued. When we asked why he was upset, he confided that the Director had basically told him to "bring the wife, she will be company for my wife while we are in the meetings". He grumbled "take the wife to Paris, that’s like taking coals to Newcastle"......

p.s. I guess an American equivalent would be "coals to Pittsburgh" or "Oil to Texas"...

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> Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
> New Kensington, PA

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