Larry Niven's Altair

Fri Jul 24 22:36:54 CDT 2015

In a message dated 7/24/2015 8:32:50 P.M. US Mountain Standard Time,  
jason at writes:

Already  removed.

On Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 10:14 PM, <dave at>  wrote:

> An Altair 8800 that once belonged to Larry Niven is  up for auction.
> Larry Niven has long been a member of the Los  Angeles Science Fantasy
> Society ( This group has  existed since 1934 and was the
> starting point for many science fiction  and fantasy authors. Larry Niven 
> one of them. This computer was  purchased by him, but mainly used by his
> wife. In time, she got a  newer computer and this one was made the club
> computer. It served in  that capacity for many years until it too was
> replaced and was taken  in by another club member who didn't want to see 
> parted out or  thrown away. Fast-forward to 2008. I was contacted by that
> other club  member to liquidate his collection. We went to Larry Niven's
> house  whereupon he autographed this computer on the lid and the  rear.
> I don't know if the drive unit was used by the Nivens  with this computer,
> but it matches and is from the same  collection.
> I also don't know where the client went.  I  haven't heard from him in
> years.
> You can see pictures  in high resolution at
>  The auction is here (will be live July 25 at 3pm pacific)
> --
> David  Griffith
> dave at
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