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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Computer Museum of America - Grand opining July 20,2019

Computer Museum of America
 Roswell, Georgia - July 20,2019

Click photo to enlarge.
David and Gaynell Larsen during the
Grand Opening of the Museum
at the  Apollo 11 Moon lander replica.  

The grand opening of the Computer Museum of America (CMoA) was an awesome event. The date was picked to to be the same day of the year on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing - July 20th.  The museum founder,  Lonnie Mimms,  is a long time collector of computers and  user of  computers. The museum has so many exciting attributes & amenities it is hard for me to give proper credit in a short blog. Take a look at the Facebook Page here. Look here of wonderful photos of the opening.

Lonnie Mimms museum
founder giving introduction
to the museum at the
Fundraiser event July 13th

From Computer Museum of America - Web Site
"After 40 years of collecting technology and four years of testing temporary exhibitions, the Computer Museum of America (CMoA) will be opening the doors to its new permanent home on July 20,2019. The CMoA will preserve the achievements of the digital revolution to educate, entertain and inspire the innovator in us all."

Karin Mimms
Vice President of the

Karin Mimms - Vice President speaks about goals of museum and introducing special guests at the Friday ( 7/13/19) Fundraiser  Event.
The opening week was in three parts - The Fundraiser Event on Friday the 13th, the Opening Celebration on Wednesday the 17th and the Grand opening for the public on Saturday the 20th.

David Larsen with NASA Astronaut
Dr. Sandra Magnus

NASA Astronaut Dr. Sandra Magnus was a very inspirational speaker about how her dream as a young person led to become a NASA Astronaut. Dr. Magnus made several shuttle flights and spent time on the Space Station. She is a wonderful enthusiastic advocate encouraging young people to pursue a career in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math).  One the museums mission is to inspire young folks to develop an interest & career in the the field of science (STEM).

Cray 1-M/2300

The museum has a wonderful representation of computers and technology items on display with great information about each artifact. The museum has one of the largest collection of Cray Super Computers in the world.

Cray 1 Serial #13

This information came in the shipping container with the Cray-A.

Amazing supercomputer at that time.

50 miles of wire
32,000 circuit cards
250,000 integrated circuits.
Much more click photo to read.

Digital Equipment Corporation

The museum displays an excellent selection of Super Computers, Minicomputers, Microcomputers and some components of historical mainframe computers.  This just the Grand Opening - there are 250,000 artifacts in the archives and the number of artifacts on display will be growing and rotating on a regular basis.

David Larsen
with Mark 8 Computer
The museum has a good representation of Microcomputers on display - you can see some of them in the photos here.

The "Mark 8" computer in this photo was designed by my colleague Dr. Jon Titus.  Jon published his design in "Radio Electronics" magazine in the May, June and July issues 1974. Jon is given credit for being the one of the first to build an operational computer using a microprocessor chip and showing others how to build the computer.


Dr. Cyndy Moya  with
 Lonnie Mimms 

The museum had a large number of interesting visitors for the Grand Opening day.  Here is Dr. Cyndy Moya, Collections Manager at the "Living Computer Museum" in Seattle, Washington. On the right is Lonnie Mimms, Founder of the "Computer Museum of America". The "Living Computer Museum" founder was Paul Allen.

IBM  card sorter, collator etc

Some items on display from the old mainframe computers. Here are peripheral devices from the 1950/60s . A  key card punch, collator, card sorter and more.

Here is my audio description of the aswsome events during the Inaugural Opening of the Museum

My son, David Larsen Jr.,
at the July 13th Fundraiser
Visiting the CMoA and Roswell, GA for the the week of July 13- 20th Grand opening events for the museum was a very rewarding experience for Gaynell and I. To be with Lonnie and Karin Mimms and all the people that helped make Lonni's vision of a great computer and technology museum a reality was awesome.

This is just a start and the museum will be constantly evolving and expanding.  Lonnie has more than 250,000 technology artifacts in the collection with more being added every week. The museum has a second level floor of about 120,000 sq ft for expansion and more could be added - lots of room for expansion.

Museum Entrance at
5000 Commerce Parkway.

When in the Roswell, Georgia area,  I highly recommend a visit to the museum (About 20 miles north of Atlanta). The CMoA is open on Saturdays 10 to 5 PM and on Sunday 12 to 5 PM. Here is how to get there - Google Map. 

David G Larsen
David Larsen
The "Bugbook"
My entire "Bugbook Microcomputer Collection"  is now archived at the "Computer Museum of America". The collection represents my 45 years of collecting microcomputer artifacts and consisted of 13,000 items. I am very pleased be a member of the Board and have my collection at the CMoA .

I am still collecting vintage computers & receive a calls very often about an old computer. 

 "by David Larsen" KK4WW Computer Collector / Historian , Board member CMoA 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The Schoolsky Apple-1 computer in the Bugbook Collection.

I purchase this Apple-1 computer in 1994 from Mr. Schoolsky who was a young friend of Steve Woznick during the start up of Apple. If he would have accepted the job offer he would have been the 6th Apple employee. Woznick gave this Apple-1 to Schoolsky during time when the Apple-1 was being sold in 1976.  This computer has been made fully functional by my friend Win Heagy. This is the second Apple-1 Win has restored for me.

Schoolsky Apple-1 computer

Schoolsky Apple-1 computer.

1. Original letter ( 12/1/94)to me from Adam Schoolsky with signature. Adam was the first owner and I am the second owner. I also have the envelope with the letter.

 Envelope from
Adam Schoolsky 1994

2. Envelope from Adam Schoolsky 1994.

Original hand written
 letter from Adam Schoolsky

2. Original hand written letter from Adam Schoolsky with signature to me about getting the literature and Apple-1 ready for shipping to me.

3. #58 on the Willegal Apple-1 registry. Mike Willegal for many years has been keeping track of all the known Apple-1 computers. All four of the ones I owned are on the registry and the Schoolsky computer is  here you can see the site by clicking on the link.

Original Apple-1
14 page operation manual

3. Original Apple-1 14 page operation manual - mint condition.

One Page from the
 Apple-1 Operations Manual
One Page from the Apple-1 Operations Manual.

When you enlarge this drawing look at the names on the lower right. R. Wayne  was a 10% owner in the first Apple partnership. He became concerned when the group wanted to borrow $50,000 to build the first 50 Apple-1  computers and sold his interest in the company for about $750. He was an owner for less then 2 weeks. Ron Wayne Wikipedia

Original Apple-1 computer
 advertising slick front

4. Front side of original Apple-1 computer advertising slick - 2 sided mint condition. Adam acquired this while helping Steve Wozniak during the first few months of the Apple Company start up. Adam would have been employee #6 if he had accepted the job offer to work   full time at Apple.

Original Apple-1 computer
 advertising slick back

Back side of original Apple-1 computer advertising slick

This is shows a note from Adam on the outside of the clear envelope containing the Apple-1 ad slick.

I have the original white box that all the Apple-1 computers were packaged in. This box has the name Woz  ( The name Steve Wozinak uses) written on it.

Woz written on the Apple-1 box cover

Closer look at Woz written on the Apple-1 box cover.

Apple's very first computers stacked
 in boxes in Steve Jobs' bedroom
 from the very earlies

Apple-1 computers stacked in boxes in Steve Jobs' bedroom from the very earliest Apple-1 computers. This photo shows the boxes used for the Apple-1 computers and is the same as the box I have.  Adam Schoolsky sent me the Apple -1 computer in this box and said it was an original. The writing on the box also is a good indication of an original box.

 An original 40 page program listing from the first West Coast Computer Faire in California.  The Apple Computer Company was selling the Apple-1 computer at this faire. Adam Schoolsky was also at this show helping the owners Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs.

This is also the Faire where Wozniak and Adam Schoolsky did the Wozniak joke/spoof of putting out a brochure of a computer that was better than all the competition but did  not exist. This spoof computer was called the "Zaltair" and now this is referred to as the "Zaltair Store".

See PDF view of this entire West Coast Computer Faire program.

Back cover of the original 40 page program listing from the first West Coast Computer Faire in California.

Front of Zaltair computer
hoax brochure
Wozniak is a like to pull pranks on people and at this Computer Fair he had Adam Schoolsky help with what is known as the Zaltair prank. The prank worked this way -- a nice 2 sided brochure of a none existence computer ( Zaltair) was made up by Woz and Adam & 10,000 were printed. The Zaltair Computer had a better price and specifications then all the current microcomputers on the market. This caused a big commotion at the Faire and it was done in secret so no one new who had created the brochure.  It was years later that Wozniak told Steve Jobs that he and Adam did the Zaltair hoax.

back of Zaltair computer
hoax brochure

Back of Zaltair brochure.

I have a lot of detail about the story of the Zaltair hoax in my blog.

Read the Zaltair story here "CLICK"

original copy of the
 very first Silicon Gulch Gazette

An original copy of the very first Silicon Gulch Gazette - volume 0 number 1. The Silicon Gulch Gazette was published to promote the West Coast Computer Faire. It is interesting that the label was  hand written with Adam Schoolskys mailing address.

insert inviting people to be
speakers or exhibitors
at the First West Coast Computer Faire

This first edition also has a loose leaf insert inviting people to be speakers or exibitors at the First West Coast Computer Faire.

Silicon Gulch Gazette
Volume 4 number 2 

An original copy of the Silicon Gulch Gazette Volume 4 number 2 addressed to Adam Schoolsky.

Silicon Gulch Gazette
 Volume 3 number 3

An original copy of the Silicon Gulch Gazette Volume 3 number 3 addressed to Adam Schoolsky.

"The First Apple" book by Bob Luther. I have this listed because Bob interviewed Adam Schoolsky and Adam discussed the sale of this Apple-1 computer to me. This is some of the documentation of my purchase

Also an interview with me and I also discussed the purchase of this computer.

The pages and text of these interview are listed below.

Page 250 from Bob Luthers book
 "The First Apple-1"

Page 250 from Bob Luthers book "The First Apple-1"

This is about me discussing the purchase of Adam Schoolskys Apple-1 computer.

Adam Schoolsky had
the opportunity to be
 the sixth Apple employee

Page 256 from Bob Luthers book "The First Apple-1"

Adam Schoolsky had the opportunity to be the sixth Apple employee.

Adam Schoolsky discusses
 the sale of this Apple-1 computer

Page 266 from Bob Luthers book "The First Apple-1"

Adam Schoolsky discusses  the sale of this Apple-1 computer to David Larsen.

Steve Wozniak's book 2006 "iWoz"
Steve Wozniak's book 2006 "iWoz" .  Wozniak talks about the Apple-1 computer however I want to show how he worked with Adam Schoolsky in the very early days of the Apple Company.

The Apple-1 computer that I purchased from Adam Schoolsky is a result Adam being a friend and working with Steve Wozniak at the First West Coast Computer Faire in 1977. One of there projects was the Zaltair computer hoax that Wozniak and Schoolsky pulled off at this faire. The excerpt  of the Zaltair story is in the next two slides.

Page 202 from the
 iWoz book shown above

Page 202 from the iWoz book shown above.

Wozniak talks about being at the first West Coast Computer Faire in 1977 and wanting to so put out some fake news or computer hoax. He also talks about how he and Adam Schoolsky printed 8000 copies then secretly distributed them.

Page 202 from the iWoz
book shown above

Page 202 from the iWoz book shown above.

Steve tells how he decided to make the fake computer brochure with various computer comparisons with the fake Zaltair computer.

He then directed the brochure to the Altair compute made by Ed Roberts. Of course Ed Robers was highly upset with this fake brochure.  Who and how this hoax was done was kept secret for several years.  Several years latter Wozniak did tell his partner Steve Jobs that he and Adam did the Zaltair hoax.

Monday, December 18, 2017

30 ton Vintage Computer collection moves to the "Computer Museum of America".

bugbook Computer Museum
Apple-1 computer 
It was a 45 years effort and a great hobby to build my "Bugbook Historical Microcomputer" collection. In February of this year (2016) it was all packed up and sent to the Computer Museum of America in Roswell, Georgia. A crew of 6 took  10 days to pack the 10,000 items. When the trucks were loaded one of them could not make it up the hill from the warehouse and I had to call a tow truck to help. Several tons had to be taken off that truck to keep it in the legal weight for the road. When the trucks weighted  for the trip they were loaded with more then 30 tons of microcomputer artifacts. 

Here is a news story about the shipment and moving the collection. "CLICK" 

David G Larsen
David Larsen

It is a real pleasure to have the collection now reside with a museum that is growing and can give good visibility our 45 year effort to build the collection. I am not sad to see the computer artifacts leave Floyd, Virginia and look forward to working with Lonnie Mimm's as a board member of his "Computer Museum of America".

 "by David Larsen" KK4WW Computer Collector / Historian 
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Friday, October 6, 2017

Schoolsky Apple-1 sells for $401,000 delivered to new owner

Schoolsky Apple-1 computer
sold at auction and is picked up
for delivery to new owner
The Schoolsky Apple-1 computer was sold by Chartitybuzz at auction for $401,000  9/26/17.  The currier "Dynamic Packaging" driver  Paul Puletti arrived about 9 AM on Wednesday 10/4/17 for pickup and delivery to new owner. This computer has been part of David Larsen's "Bugbook Computer Museum" for the past 23 years.  It will diven directly from the courier in Richmond,VA to the  new owner in NY by FedEx Critical and should arrive Thursday 10/5/17

Apple-1 computer on table with
David Larsen (L) & Paul Puletti (R

David Larsen seller of his Schoolsky Apple-1 computer on the left. On the right is Paul Puletti of Dynamic Packaging in Richmond Virginia. Paul will pick up the compute and take it to Richmond and build the special container to send the Apple-1 on to the new owner by Fedex Critical custom delivery.

David Larsen signs
pickup papers for
the Schoolsky
Apple-1 computer

Assigning the Schoolsky Apple-1  over to the Currier Dynamic Packaging.

Paul loading Apple-1
computer into van for first
part of delivery transfer  to
Fedex in Richmond Virginia

I signed off on the computer and it is now up to Paul to get it to the new owner.

David and Paul with van
loaded Apple-1
Schoolsky Computer

The Apple-1 and the other items are loaded ready to go to Richmond, Virginia.

FedEx Critical delivery 
WOW This is the FedEx Critical truck that made the delivery from the Richmond office of  Dynamic Packaging in Richmond Virginia to the new owner in NY. FedEx has two drivers for these high value loads.

We loaded it at 2:38 AM 10/5/17 and it was delivered to its new home just under 9 hours later at 11:30.

The Schoolsky Apple-1 computer as packaged by Dynamic Packaging and is the only cargo in this the truck  (shown above).  It must have been a little lonely in the back of the truck for the 9 hour trip to NY.

See how the Apple-1 computer was packaged in this wooden container.

Here is a detailed look at what was included with the Schoolsky Apple-1 computer.

Video -  shipping the Schoolsky Apple-1 from Floyd VA  4.24 minutes   

Video - David describing the Apple-1 before it was packed up for new owner 2 minutes 

Video - Documentation as part of Schoolsky Apple-1 computer sale  2.59 minutes    

"by David Larsen"  Computer collector and historian. Working with Charitybuzz auctioning the Apple-1 was a great experience. Charitybuzz was a real pleasure to work with - I owe the team at Charitybuzz big thank you and lots of gratitude. David KK4WW