Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Virginia Tech College of Business uses Computer Museum for photo session

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Monday was a good day at the museum including the museum being used as a background for pictures in the Spring 2015  Virginia Tech College of  Business Magazine - a story about technology history. Professor Terry Rakes was the subject in the photos and University Photographer Logan Wallace did all the photography.  The session lasted 2 hours and I had a great time telling the history of many of the computers on display. It was also fun reminiscing about my 31 years as a faculty member at Virginia Tech (VT) with both Terry and Logan.  Terry started as a student in 1967 the same year I started my teaching career at VT. Terry ended up with 3 degrees from VT and is still there as a professor in the College of business.

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Dr. Terry R. Rakes
Dr. Terry R. Rakes, Professor of Business & Director Center for Business Intelligence & Analytic's, Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech. Terry was very interested in  the historical microcomputers and told many stories about how he used various computers during his 48 years starting with the 1977 Radio Shack TRS-80, Commodores and various Apples. Professor Rakes has had a very distinguished career in Information Technology - Take a look here "CLICK" 

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Logan Wallace, University Photographer
Logan Wallace, Senior University Photographer at Virginia Tech did the photo session.   It was very interesting to see how a professional photographer produces excellent photos. We had some good discussions during the visit about the museum, technology, old computers and music.

Logan has been a professional photographer for 15 years - Take a look here "CLICK" and see some of her work here "CLICK".

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Logan Wallace & Dr. Terry Rakes at  Apple-1

Logan and Terry discussing how they can use the Apple-1 display in some of their photographs. We had a lot of discussion about the Apple-1 and Steve Wozniak who designed this computer while working at the Hewlett Packard (HP).  HP gave all the rights to Wozniak and he along with Steve Jobs went on to start what is now the largest company in the world - Apple Inc.

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Logan Wallace , University Photographer

Logan took several hundred photos. This one is Dr. Rakes holding a Radio Shack Micro Color Computer (early 80's vintage)

Short video of Logan in action at the museum "CLICK"

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Logan Wallace, University Photographer

Logan was a good director and I am sure she ended up with exactly the photos needed for the College of Business Magazine.

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Logan Wallace, at Amateur Radio Station N4USA

Logan was very curious about our amateur radio station in the museum N4USA.
She is also a Bluegrass fan and this developed into and interest in the 5th Annual Bluegrass Festival at our Chantilly Farm on Memorial Day weekend.

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David Larsen
Days like this really make my work with the museum interesting. We are getting many special visitors at the museum and of course most patrons are just interested in the displays and history of these old microcomputers. I am much better but still not up to full strenght - this flu has been with me for more then 5 weeks now. 
           ."by David Larsen"  KK4WW Computer Collector Historian 

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