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

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Thu Dec 1 17:45:09 UTC 2022

  Yes.  I said exactly that (though in a very slightly less politically-correct way) on the steering committee mailing list.


On December 1, 2022 12:31:43 PM Peter Cetinski via vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
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> Re: [vcf-midatlantic] Gerry Lawson's 82nd birthday - Today's Google Doodle
> From: Peter Cetinski pete at pski.net
> Date: Dec 1, 12:31 PM
> To: vcf-midatlantic vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org
> 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!
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>> 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

Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
New Kensington, PA

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