Our November 5, 2010 monthly Friday night Commodore Computer Club and Users Group meeting was a huge success! We continue to raise the bar with each meeting.

Here’s a quick list with some highlights from our recent Commodore Computer Club meeting:

  • A featured presentation on Retrobits by Earl Evans
  • UPCHUG members from Tacoma, WA in attendance
  • The All Consoles Gamer from YouTube in attendance
  • Q&A session with the 1983 movie WarGames starring Matthew Broderick
  • The larger banquet room at Pied Piper Pizza worked out perfect for us
  • Our hardware and software buy, sell, trade and free tables were a huge success
  • Showed off the rare Commodore 128DCR with serial number 000180
  • MSD SD-2 Super Disk Drive copy fun and file sharing party
  • All you can eat Pied Piper Pizza, fried chicken and salad bar. Drinks too!

Like most of our meetings, a lot of memorable things took place. The pictures below will show even more highlights from our Commodore Users Group and Computer Club meeting.

Check out our Commodore Computer Club banner flying high above many retro computers at our users group meeting:

Commodore Computer Club banner above retro Commodore computers

Gordon “gsteemso” Steemson and Ryan “Pinacolada” Sherwood made a 200 mile drive (400 miles round trip) to attend the Commodore Computer Club meeting in Vancouver, WA. They are now card carrying members of the club:

Gordon Steemson and Ryan Sherwood - Commodore Computer Club

Ryan “Pinacolada” Sherwood, member of UPCHUG, the University Place Commodore Home User’s Group in Tacoma, WA playing some games on the Commodore 64:

Ryan Sherwood from UPCHUG playing games at the Commodore Computer Club meeting

Commodore Computer Club member shirt that reads LOAD “*”,8,1 which is pretty cool:

Commodore T-Shirt with program load command - Commodore Computer Club

Since we have entered the Commodore load command as seen above, we can now RUN the featured Retrobits presentation by Earl Evans:

Retrobits PowerPoint - Commodore Computer Club

Interviews with Bil Herd creator of the Commodore 128, Chuck Peddle creator of the 6502 and PET computer, Stewart Cheifet long-time host of the “Computer Chronicles”:

Bil Herd, Chuck Peddle, Stewart Cheifet - Commodore Computer Club

A few Commodore Computer Club and Users Group members watching the Retrobits presentation by Earl Evans of the Retrobits Podcast:

Retrobits presentation at the Commodore Computer Club

More members watching the Retrobits presentation. You can see our Buy, Sell, Trade and Free hardware and software tables in the background:

Retrobits presentation at the Commodore Computer Club

Commodore Computer Club members having a Q&A with Earl Evans after his awesome Retrobits presentation:

Q&A with Earl Evans after his awesome Retrobits presentation - Commodore Computer Club

Some of the computers setup at the meeting (from right to left) Commodore 128DCR, C64, VIC-20, SX-64, MSD SD-2 Super Disk Drive and an Apple computer:

128DCR, C64, VIC-20, SX-64, MSD SD-2, Apple - Commodore Computer Club

The All Consoles Gamer from YouTube was in attendance at our Commodore Computer Club meeting. He scored big at our Buy, Sell, Trade and Free hardware and software tables:

The All Consoles Gamer from YouTube - Commodore Computer Club

SFD-1001 disk drive, Commodore PET, Koala Pad, Commodore 64c:

SFD-1001 disk drive, Commodore PET, Koala Pad, Commodore 64c - Commodore Computer Club

Jasper, Earl Evans and Conrad doing some programming on the 1977 Commodore PET 2001-8N computer:

Programming on the 1977 Commodore PET 2001-8N - Commodore Computer Club

8 year-old Jonathan playing the classic video game Popeye on his Commodore 64c that his dad purchased for him. Nicely done dad :)

Classic video game Popeye - Commodore Computer Club

Up close and personal with a Commodore SFD-1001 disk drive:

Commodore SDF-1001 disk drive - Commodore Computer Club

Why yes Ryan, that is a Commodore 64 Mach5 Fast Load cartridge. It also works on the Commodore 128 and 128DCR too:

Commodore 64 Mach 5 Fast Load cartridge - Commodore Computer Club

Commodore PET computer which was used for our War Games demonstration:

War Games - Shall We Play A Game? - Commodore Computer Club

Greetings Professor Falken, shall we play a game?

Greetings Professor Falken - Commodore Computer Club

Looking under the hood of Gordon “gsteemso” Steemson’s Commodore PET Model 4032 which he brought with him to the meeting. He also brought his SX-64 and MSD SD-1 drive:

PET Model 4032 - Commodore Computer Club

Commodore 128DCR showing off the super low serial number 000180 on the back of the computer:

Commodore 128DCR Computer serial number 000180

Yep, our November 5, 2010 Commodore Computer Club meeting was a lot of fun. There are so many pictures, I can’t post them all. I’d never get our meeting recaps up on the site :)

“Thank you” to everyone who attended, especially the people who drove hundreds of miles to attend our humble little users group meeting in PDX Vancouver, WA. It’s greatly appreciated.

Our next scheduled meeting will be Friday December 3, 2010, 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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