General Announcement: Vintage Computer Festival East 4.0, this weekend!
evan at snarc.net
Mon Jun 4 23:47:39 CDT 2007
For immediate release:
MARCH, VintageTech, and the InfoAge Science Center announce the Vintage
Computer Festival East 4.0
* What: A celebration of computers, technology, and culture from
the 1940s - 1980s. Open to the public
* When: June 9-10. Lectures from 10am-2pm, exhibits from 2pm-6pm
* Where: InfoAge Science Center, 2201 Marconi Rd., Wall Township,
* Cost: $10 for one day, $15 for two days, free for 12 and
younger, free parking
* Contact: Evan Koblentz, evank at midatlanticretro.org, 646-546-9999
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Do 8 bits excite you more than 64? Prefer blinkenlights over SVGA?
Yearn for the days of input via toggle switches and paper tape? Or just
want to play some Pac-Man? Then check out the Vintage Computer Festival
East 4.0, June 9-10, at the InfoAge Science Center in Wall, New Jersey.
This year's event is again hosted by MARCH -- the Mid-Atlantic Retro
The Vintage Computer Festival began in 1997 in Silicon Valley, migrated
eastward in 2001, and became a MARCH event in 2006. So what is a VCF?
Imagine an antique car show where every owner let you test-drive his
car, and where Henry Ford gave a lecture and signed autographs! It
sounds unreal, but that's what happens with vintage computer technology
at every edition of the VCF.
This year's edition of the VCF East will feature 20 exhibits of computer
technology from the 1940s to 1980s. Visitors will have the opportunity
to use an IBM punch-card machine, witness a legendary Digital Equipment
Corp. PDP-8 minicomputer in action, and experience all the top brands of
1970s microcomputers from companies like Apple, Commodore, and many
others. Older S-100 kit computers, single-board computers, portables,
and even analog and prehistoric computer technology will be
demonstrated. On the extremes, we have one exhibitor preparing to show
an authentic NASA Apollo flight computer, and another who'll display the
most classic videogame console ever -- Atari -- play it 'til you drop!
Read the full exhibitor list at
If that's not enough, then listen to some of our guest speakers. The
highlight this year will be a 30th anniversary panel in honor of
Commodore, which was headquartered nearby in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
The panel's star is Chuck Peddle, inventor of the famous MOS Technology
6502 chip, used in a wide variety of classic single-board computers and
in microcomputers such as the Commodore PET and the Apple II. Peddle
will join us via live videoconference, in which he promises to share
previously untold stories, after which he'll answer audience questions.
Commodore engineers appearing live at our show will include Bil Herd,
Bob Russell, and Dave Haynie. We'll even have a birthday cake featuring
the famous Commodore "Chickenhead" logo. Other speakers this year
include Herb "Dr. S-100" Johnson, who'll explain the history of the CP/M
operating system; Bill Degnan and Sellam Ismail; who together will give
a crash-course in vintage computer discovery and restoration; and others
to be announced. In addition, Ismail will give a second talk, but the
topic is secret! You'll have to be there to find out what he plans.
Yet another highlight of the VCF East 4.0 will be our new VCF Theatre,
organized by acclaimed technology filmmaker Jason Scott. His films
include "BBS: The Documentary" and the upcoming "Get Lamp" about
text-adventure games. At the VCF Theatre, he'll be screening vintage
computer-themed movies all weekend long in the afternoons.
New this year is the donate-to-sell booth. Here, everyone is welcome to
donate vintage computing items, with all proceeds to help MARCH build
its computer museum. Our museum directly benefits future generations,
so do your part and give something to this wonderful non-profit cause!
(We request that any unsold items be re-claimed before you leave the
Did we mention the prizes? We'll have t-shirts, vintage computer
replica kits, books, and maybe a surprise or two. All you have to do to
win is show up, and be there when we announce winners each day.
Finally, should your historic technology interest extend beyond just
computers, then you've come to the right place. Our venue at the
InfoAge Science Center is historic in itself. The facility began life
in 1912 as an R&D center for Britain's Marconi Wireless Telegraph Co.,
and then spent several decades as Camp Evans, a top-secret laboratory of
the U.S. military. RADAR that first spotted airplanes over Pearl Harbor
and mankind's first radio signal to the moon were invented here, along
with numerous other achievements. Today, the center is on the National
Register of Historic Places and is a Black History Site. It's also home
to the National Broadcasters Hall of Fame and an assortment of
non-profit clubs all related to the history of technology, with a local
Driving directions, lodging information, exhibit details and more are
posted at www.vintage.org/2007/east/.
* For more information about MARCH, visit www.midatlanticretro.org
* For more information about the InfoAge Science Center, visit
* For more information about VintageTech, visit
General questions? Want to exhibit or have a vendor booth at the VCF
East? Member of the media? Contact VCF East producer and MARCH
president Evan Koblentz, evank at midatlanticretro.org, 646-546-9999.
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