Some time ago I noticed a request in one of the Microcomputer Retro group postings " any SCELBI microcomputer collectors out there ?" I remembered that years ago I received one for my historical collection & had not looked at the computer for 20 years or more. This perked up my interest and I replied that I had one and would find it in the storage warehouse. This started some very interesting dialog for me as I knew about the SCELBI computers of the mid 70's but did not really know much about the one in our collection.
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|SCELBI in David's Collection|
David give a little history about this SCELBI Microcomputer
|Original Receipt for SCELBI cards|
The SCELBI came with a lot of documentation in nice condition. The original receipt for the SCELBI cards purchased in 1975 is signed by Robert Findley co-founder with Nat Wadsworth of the SCELBI company.
Nat Wadsworth SCELBI start up in his words. Nat has indicated that about 200 computers were made
by SCELBI 1/2 kit and 1/2 assembled units & about 1/2 the total were 8B models.
|Note with Carl Helmers original signature|
Many manuals, other operating documents and copies of the only four SCELBI newsletters published also included. Very interesting reading.
The first advertisement published by SCELBI was in the March 1974 issue of QST magazine. I have a copy of the magazine to go with the documents.
|Copies of the only 4 SCELBI newsletters|
|Custom Cassette Interface card|
|Side view SCELBI Computer|
The larger card with the gold IC is a "Digital Group" TV Typewriter card. Mike Willegal reports this is the only one with built in video card. The computer has the normal switch register input and a keyboard input. Robert Forman the builder of this unit put a lot of time and his passion into making this really nice computer. Some may think the wood frame case holding the computer is a strange way to mount the unit however for the early days of home built microcomputers this is a beauty.
|Gaynell my wife & I, Dee Wallace|
In my previous post I mentioned wearing many hats. Here I am with the full LCF Group - me & my wife Gaynell and our associate of many years Dee Wallace. The group manages our different activities and of course one of those is the "Bugbook Historical Microcomputer Museum" and collection. We have also been active for over 40 years in farming and doing rural development. We were major Christmas tree growers for more than 25 years and continue work with helping others obtain their dream land here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Look here for some of these activities http//:www.virginiamountainland.com Chantilly Farm