January 8th, 2012, 01:15 PM
Upcoming lecture by the inventor of BASIC
Hello fellow coders -- this post is a bit out of the ordinary, but it doesn't byte! I produce an annual convention called the Vintage Computer Festival East. This year's edition, VCF East 8.0, is May 5-6 in Wall, New Jersey -- and we just announced the first keynote. It is Dr. Thomas Kurtz, the (co-)inventor of the original BASIC language, who did his work at Dartmouth in the 1960s. Dr. Kurtz is speaking on May 5 at noon.
VCF mornings are for lectures and hands-on workshops, while the afternoons are our hands-on exhibit hall -- imagine an antique car show, but one in which all the exhibitors have to give your test-drives! There will be dozens of exhibits of minis and micros from the 60s/70s/80s, along with a book sale, consignment, food, prizes, etc.
Proceeds benefit the non-profit InfoAge Science Center, and the sponsoring user group (MARCH - Mid-Atlantic Retro Computing Hobbyists.)
Our event site (which doesn't yet have much info, but it'll ramp up soon) is vintage.org.
We're giddy about hearing from Kurtz, and we hope some of you can join us.