[Smaug] Dawn of Personal computing: West Coast Computer Faire

Peter Belew abcruzww at gmail.com
Tue Apr 19 13:21:36 PDT 2011


Good story, Rick!

As Time Goes By [tm BBC], we experience more and more
wet-behind-the-ears exchanges like that!

Peter

On Tue, Apr 19, 2011 at 1:11 PM, Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com> wrote:
> Quoting Peter Belew (peterbe at sonic.net):
>
>> At one of the Computer Faires in the SF Civic Auditorium I met
>> Gianluigi Zappacosta, one of Logitech's founders, and bought my first
>> mouse. I later visited the US headquarters of Logitech, above the Palo
>> Alto Bike Shop on University Avenue in that city, and was given a
>> Logi-mouse poster.
>
> I loved the West Coast Computer Faires, even though they turned into
> almost entirely a flea market for bargain hunters, after the first few
> years.
>
> At one of the latter-year events, I was helping my friend John Smith of
> Datasmiths staff his booth, when a pimply-faced youth leaned over the
> counter.
>
> PFY:  'How much for Norton Utilities?'
> RM:   '$65.'
> PFY:  'So much?  PC by Root has it for $45.'
> RM:   'Well, why don't you buy it there, then?'
> PFY:  'Er... Ivan Root says they're out of stock.'
> RM:   <big grin>  'When _we're_ out of stock, _our_ price is $40.'
>
> I love it when someone wet behind the ears lets you haul out a corny old
> joke, like that.
>
>
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