History of Mac User Groups

As User Group officers and members age, and new members come along, there seems to be a renewed interest in the History of the Macintosh — both reminiscing and learning. Hopefully, the history of individual groups has been preserved by the groups that can still be found.

Quite possibly the best, and most interesting reading would be in the library of Stanford University. Hopefully it will be safe there as well. (The problem with accumulated digital history is websites come and go. 80% of the links posted in the 1990′s when UGN accumulated information are now broken, and the majority of the sites taken over by spammers or parked revenue sites.)

Stanford authors invite comment : If you were a member of a Macintosh user group in the mid-1980s, Please answer this questionnaire. Which I did, but never heard anything back. So, I have no idea if it’s functioning.

Most interesting is probably Chris Espinosa’s excellent recollection of the Homebrew Computer Club — how he met Steve Jobs, and club meetings. (Also at Stanford)

Since we recently spotlighted the Princeton Macintosh User Group (PMUG), I thought I would include this wonderful piece of history authored by Philip Thompson, PMUG President (retired) which originally appeared in the January, 1993 issue of the PMUG DIALOG. Letter from a PMUG Founder in Far Away Vermont. This ‘humanizes’ a bit of history about the origins of Mac user groups.

Also of note is this article, Computing’s Holy War originally published in the Seattle Times, June 18, 1995, authored by Cary Lu. (December 4, 1945 – September 23, 1997) Possibly one of Cary’s most well-known works is The Apple Macintosh Book, the first edition of which was released almost simultaneously with the Macintosh 128K in 1984.

Further Reading:
* Wikipedia History of Apple
* Wikipedia Timeline of Apple Macintosh models
* www.apple-history.com
* theapplemuseum.com
* lowendmac.com
* Compendium of MacTutor articles at www.MacTech.com
* Apple Book collection at uwa.edu.au

thanks for reading… and if you have resources to add here, just use the comment form below, or contact me directly.

Fred Showker
Fred Showker, Co-Editor / Publisher, UGN InfoManager


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