[vcf-midatlantic] Gerry Lawson's 82nd birthday - Today's Google Doodle

Peter Cetinski pete at pski.net
Thu Dec 1 17:31:29 UTC 2022

I’d love to hear his story as well.  But, not sure a non-profit should pay over and above travel expenses. Doesn’t feel right.  My $0.02.

> On Dec 1, 2022, at 10:42 AM, Jeffrey Brace via vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
> Today's Google Doodle is about Gerry Lawson who helped design the Fairchild
> F and on the team that pioneered the video game cartridge. Gerry has been
> deceased for 11 years. He is one of the few African Americans who have been
> inventors in the early vintage computer and vintage video game industries.
> Related to this: I have been presented an opportunity to have another
> African American with similar experience come talk at VCF East: Ed Smith.
> Ed Smith started out working for APF Electronics, Inc. which released The
> Imagination Machine, a hybrid video game.
> Would any of you be interested in hearing his story?
> So here's the catch. Ed Smith wants a speaker fee of $5000 and travel
> expenses. As far as I know the Vintage Computer Festival has never paid a
> speaker fee. We honestly can't afford such a large fee. It is beyond our
> budget. We have paid travel expenses for a select few speakers who can't
> afford it and/or are very important speakers. I'm contemplating doing a
> fundraiser for this. Just a straw poll. How many would donate towards this?
> I would love to hear his story.
> Thanks for your input!
> =========================================
> Jeff Brace
> VCF National Board Member Chairman & Vice President
> Vintage Computer Festival East Showrunner
> Vintage Computer Federation is a 501c3 charity
> https://vcfed.org/ <http://www.vcfed.org/>
> jeffrey at vcfed.org

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