It is with great pleasure that my family and I were able to attended the Vintage Computer Festival Sponsored by Mid-Atlantic Retro-Computing Hobbyists, Inc.
at the Infoage Science-History Center in Wall Township, New Jersey May 2006.
During a pre-arrange session on the veranda of the old Marconi Hotel, located at Camp Evans, New Jersey, the IBM System 3 Special Interest Group was formed.
Pictured on the left is Mike Ross http://www.corestore.org/ in front of his travailing road show.
Although they were unable to attend, William Donzelli of Road Island and Yves Bolognini of the Bolo's Computer Museum in Lausanne Switzerland, qualify as charter members of this System 3 SIG as they are the only other proud owners of System 3's in the world any of us are aware of.
Listening to these gentlemen, as my wife would say "talking numbers", on the front porch comparing models and features of these old work-horse systems was a pleasure, in itself well worth the trip! I am now sorry I took so few pictures and did not get time to talk with more of the exhibitors, but alas I was recovering from oral surgery earlier in the week, I was on a mission and not very talkative.
Much to my surprise Infoage had arranged for three power circuits, allowing three systems, a System /32, /34/ and /36 to be all powered up and running! A not so minor task in that old building.
While Henk and his wonderfully understanding wife Toop, having traveled from Holland unquestionably traveled the furthest, my dear old mother Mary Bradlee at 82 was most likely the oldest attendee. She is the proud original owner of a Tan Case Osborne 1. She commented on the ride home that she thought Michael Pearson's training computer, the one that was based on the old book was the most interesting.
I on the other hand found Frank O'Brien's NASA Apollo Guidance Computer pictured here, to be the most unique and Computer Collectable of significance at this show, while it was not an IBMcollectable it was inspired in many ways by the IBM System 360 logic design, and unquestionably priceless.
There is little question that Mike Ross efforts with the assistance of Henk to move 4 big systems a S/32, S/34, S/36 and S/38 and set them up was Herculean. Mikes pictures are available here at http://www.corestore.org/vcfeast06.htm. I took two photos of him as he was packing up. While the photo with the flash shows Mike proud papa, the candid I took without the flash, shows how draining an effort this truely was.