Hey Commodore computer hackers and enthusiasts, here are the highlights from our No April Fools April 1, 2011 Commodore Computer Club and Users Group meeting:

  • Commodore 64 Silver Label found in the wild for $1.25 USD (and it works)
  • Presentation of Epyx Programmer’s BASIC Toolkit
  • Cool looking Fractal Landscapes generated on a C64
  • CDTV Multimedia Developer Reference Manual on hand
  • Getting to watch our geeky women using soldering irons
  • Played games using the C64DTV designed by Jeri Ellsworth
  • Discussed the upcoming 2nd Annual Cowlitz Gamers for Kids Expo
  • Tinker Time: Hacking, Coding, Exploring new hardware, Cleaning of equipment
  • Played games via the C64, SX-64, Amiga 500, Amiga 1000 and VIC-20 computers
  • A lot of great Commodore buy, sell, trade and free deals took place
  • Lots of tasty food and beverages provided by Pied Piper Pizza

Below are some of the fun and exciting moments captured on camera at our April 2011 meeting. We hope that you enjoy the photos.

Kevin Savetz sporting his Activision Grand Prix T-Shirt while playing with an Amiga 500 Commodore computer:

Kevin Savetz with Amiga 500 - Commodore Computer Club

Playing a little Zone Ranger on the Commodore SX-64 computer:

Playing Zone Ranger on the SX-64 - Commodore Computer Club

The super rare Commodore 64 silver label computer. This unit was found at local Goodwill distribution center for only $1.25 USD. The best part? It fired right up and worked perfectly!

Commodore 64 Silver Label - Commodore Computer Club

A Vancouver, WA PDX Commodore Users Group favorite, Atari’s Pole Position ported to the Commodore 64 being played on a C64c computer:

Atari Pole Position - Commodore Computer Club

Space Taxi for the C64 and Dig Dug for the VIC-20 being enjoyed by Commodore Computer Club members:

Space Taxi and Dig Dug - Commodore Computer Club

John Hancock’s recently acquired Amiga 500 with external floppy drive and Amiga monitor:

Amiga 500 with monitor and external floppy drive - Commodore Computer Club

Check out the Commodore Amiga CDTV Developer Reference Manual. You needed this back in the day to develop games, utilities and educational software for the CDTV:

CDTV Developer Reference Manual - Commodore Computer Club

Commodore Computer Club USA member Chris playing Pac-Man on the Commodore VIC-20:

Pac-Man for the VIC-20 - Commodore Computer Club

Everyone had fun wheeling and dealing at the buy, sell, trade and free tables that have become a staple at our monthly Commodore Users Group meetings:

Buy, Sell, Trade and Free Tables - Commodore Computer Club

Gregory playing the disk version of Kung-Fu on the JiffyDOS enabled 1541 disk drive and Commodore 64 computer:

Kung-Fu C64 version - Commodore Computer Club

Playing some Gyruss on the Commodore 64c computer while other members watch and learn from Gyruss master Gregory (yes, we have two Gregory’s in the club):

Gyruss on the Commodore 64c - Commodore Computer Club

Justice and John Hancock watching club members Dan and Katie playing some games on the Amiga 500 computer:

Playing games on the Amiga 500 - Commodore Computer Club

“Stay for a while… stay forever!!!” – Impossible Mission being played on the Commodore 64 computer:

Impossible Mission - Commodore Computer Club

John Hancock discussing the upcoming Cowlitz Gamers for Kids Expo:

John Hancock discussing Cowlitz for Kids Expo - Commodore Computer Club

Commodore Computer Club and Users Group members having some food, chatting and having a fun time at the meeting:

PDX Commodore Users Group Members - Commodore Computer Club

Kevin Savetz laying hands on a Atari 800 computer brought to the meeting by Chris. At least it’s connected to a Commodore 1702 monitor :)

Kevin Savetz laying hands on an Atari 800 - Commodore Computer Club

Playing some Pac-Man on the rare Commodore 64 Silver Label computer:

C64 Silver Label playing Pac-Man - Commodore Computer Club

Gregory and Ivan in the background while Dan teaches Katie and Rebecca how to use a soldering iron. Too bad Jeri Ellsworth wasn’t in attendance at this meeting as her soldering skills would have been greatly appreciated:

Women and Soldering Irons - Commodore Computer Club

How cool is this? Tommy presented some of his awesome Fractal Landscape creations from back in the day:

Fractal Landscapes on a C64 - Commodore Computer Club

They took forever to render it seemed, but here is one of Tom’s Fractal Landscapes being generated in real time:

Commodore 64 Fractal Landscapes - Commodore Computer Club

Who knew that Saddam Hussein stuff was hidden on the CDTV Welcome CD as an Easter egg? We surely didn’t either until Tom brought in this magazine article and we tried it ourselves:

Saddam Hussein CDTV - Commodore Computer Club

Playing some games on the Commodore C64DTV designed and created by Jeri Ellsworth:

Playing games on the Jeri Ellsworth C64DTV - Commodore Computer Club

Tommy and Ian doing a little programming on the Commodore SX-64 portable computer using the Epyx Programmer’s BASIC Toolkit:

Programming on the SX-64 - Commodore Computer Club

Here is part of what they were programming, the words Nintendo 3DS in various colors (hard to see in the picture):

Nintendo 3DS - Commodore Computer Club

Tower Toppler is a pretty rad game. It’s one of the many loaded up on the C64DTV:

Tower Toppler C64DTV - Commodore Computer Club

Programming with Epyx Programmer’s BASIC Toolkit on the Commodore SX-64 portable computer:

Programming on the SX-64 - Commodore Computer Club

Here’s a new old stock CDTV remote controller model number 252594-02:

New Old Stock CDTV Remote Controller - Commodore Computer Club

Paradroid lowest score of the day goes to Commodore Computer Club member Morgan:

Paradoid Lowest Score Of The Day - Commodore Computer Club

As always, a big “Thank you” to everyone who came out to the Commodore Users Group meeting in Vancouver, WA. Your continued support of the Commodore Computer Club is much appreciated.

Our next scheduled meeting will be Friday May 6, 2011, so mark it down on your calendar. As always we hope to see you at the next meeting! Come to learn, come to share.

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