Vintage Computer Festival Celebrates Tech History in Roswell

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ROSWELL, GA– March 23, 2016– According to real estate website Movoto, Atlanta ranks No. 1 nerdiest major U.S. city. It should come as no surprise, then, that the Vintage Computer Festival (VCF) chose Atlanta-metro as the Southeast location of their annual event. This exciting and interactive festival, held in only four U.S. cities each year, returns to Roswell on Saturday, April 2, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, April 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is hosted by The Computer Museum of America Pop Up events facility in Roswell’s Kings Market Center, 1425 Market Blvd., Suite 200. Admission for adults is $10 for one day and $15 for two days. Children ages 17 and younger are admitted free when accompanied by a parent or guardian. College students are admitted free after showing a student ID at the front desk.

The public celebration of computer history and nostalgia features exhibits, museums, presentations and interactive entertainment. Approximately 30 exhibitors will display historic collections showcasing rare items such as early Radio Shack equipment, half-century old minicomputers, early handheld video games and much more. Plus, new this year, a live auction offers bidders a chance to start or expand their personal collections.

Concurrently, event host Computer Museum of America (CMOA) Pop Up, which is rarely open to the public, will be accessible for touring. Attendees of The Computer Museum of America’s one-of-a-kind Apple and PC Pop Up exhibits – culled from one of the top vintage computer collections in the world – will marvel at one of the oldest personal computers, the Kenbak-1, will enjoy a one-of-a-kind display of rare Apple computers, and will experience technology links from the past to the present with displays of iconic PC computer brands.

Dubbed VCFSE 4.0, this year’s festival celebrates the 40th anniversary of Apple. Fittingly, a 6,000-square-foot CMOA Pop Up display covers the rich history of Apple from its inception to “what’s next.” Rare artifacts include an Apple I, the first disk II and controller card, original Lisa, the history of Steve Jobs and much more.

The 7,600-square-foot PC Pop Up exhibit features the three crowns of personal computing — Apple II, TRS-80 and Commodore PET – intertwined with the stories and exhibits of early games and the big names such as IBM, Microsoft and Gates.

During VCFSE 4.0, most computers and devices will be hands-on and interactive for attendees. The few rare computer exhibits that will not be accessible for public interactivity usually can be demonstrated by exhibitors that have come from around the region and country to display their computing treasures.

An amazing line-up of speakers and workshops also will be available for computer history and vintage computing enthusiasts. Attendees will hear a first-hand account from industrial designer Jerry Manock, who created designs for the Apple II and III in the 70s and 80s, and a presentation from acclaimed computer engineer Bil Herd, creator of several noteworthy designs, including the Commodore 128.

While exploring the art and technology of computing at the festival, it’s also time to play. A vintage game station will be available for children and adults to play classic games on classic computers and game console systems. Play Pac-Man, Super Pong and Mario on restored Atari, Sega and Nintendo machines. And, check out the classic video game wall!

The VCF event is hosted by the Atlanta Historical Computing Society, http://atlhcs.org/ and Roswell’s Computer Museum of America, www.computermuseumofamerica.com. For more details, please visit the Vintage Computer Festival site, http://vcfse.org.

The Computer Museum of America Pop Up exhibits’ artifacts are features from the one of the largest vintage computer collections in the world, owned by Roswell’s Lonnie Mimms. To learn more about the Computer Museum of America’s exclusive Apple and PC Pop Up events venue, visit http://computerpopupvenue.com/ or call 770.855.4182.

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