[vcf-midatlantic] VCF East 2021 wrap-up

Dean Notarnicola dnotarnicola at gmail.com
Wed Oct 20 04:02:00 UTC 2021

It was easily the best VCF East for all the reasons Jeff stated. Kudos to
him for his unfailing dedication to helping produce and run this festival.
And my personal thanks to Adam for his invaluable help in organizing World
of IBM, and infinite thanks to all who participated and made it what it
was. Special shout out to Ian and all the others who tirelessly worked on
smoking machines during the show.

On Tue, Oct 19, 2021 at 10:39 PM Jeffrey Brace via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:

> Now that I have finished the cleanup and post mortem meetings for East and
> am mostly rested up and decompressing from the show. I want to thank all of
> the exhibitors for their great displays. The World of IBM was out of this
> world. Thanks to Adam and Dean for organizing it! And to all of
> the co-exhibitors that made a truly unique exhibit space when they took
> over all of 9032-A.
> I want to thank all the speakers (most of them not in this list) who were a
> fantastic lineup and hard to beat in subsequent years.
> All of the volunteers, especially the Sea Cadets who really filled in all
> the gaps for support. Every year I lack enough volunteers and end up doing
> a lot of the setup work and breakdown by myself along with a handful of
> volunteers. There were more volunteers at the setup and breakdown. I want
> to especially thank Bill Inderrieden, my right hand man who is there with
> me starting setup on Tuesday through Thursday during the show for immediate
> needs and the day after the show for breakdown and cleanup. Also Tony Bogan
> who helped find an electrician to install new quad boxes and helped where
> he could before, during and after the show even though he was busy with his
> boating business and could only be there sporadically. Dean and others who
> stayed afterwards with the cleanup. Everyone gave their best effort until
> their bodies said "no more!".
> The A/V was brought up to a whole new level with Ethan O’Toole, Andy Diller
> and crew. Such a fantastic upgrade from the amateurish and crude days where
> we had setup our personal cameras and just left them to record. These guys
> truly look like professionals with the lighting, OBS setup with multiple
> camera angles, slide view, etc. They even setup an overflow room in case we
> got full in the main room.
> Alex Jacocks did an awesome job in consignment which is a very tough job.
> We had expanded space there and sales were very heavy. Thanks so much for
> doing a great job there. You came days early to setup and really made
> consignment a great experience for everyone.
> Corey ran the front desk and did a great job of training all the new people
> volunteering there. Lots of changes and improvements there this time.
> Everyone seemed to notice how efficient and better the front desk was.
> I thank Drew for the awesome new program book design. It is a superior
> upgrade to previous years and people noticed.
> I want to thank Jeff Jonas for making the signs and all the last minute
> signs that I needed.
> I love all the stories that I heard and plan to tell them for years to
> come, especially how I somehow solved multiple emergencies in the days
> before the show to avoid disaster. I also love the story of how Thomas
> Cherryholmes solved his #Fujinet for Adam problem. That is a fun story!
> There are vintage computer angels looking out for us!
> And thank all those people who helped out in many ways behind the scenes
> and in every corner of the show where the volunteers couldn't be. Together
> we make this a festival where the vintage community comes together in
> fellowship and fun to make us all the better!
> Here's looking forward to VCF East 2022 which will be on April 22, 23, 24!

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