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Fire in the Valley, 3rd Edition by Paul Freiberger, Michael Swaine

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Word of Mouth: The Clubs and Shows

The First Computer Faire was definitely a torn-T-shirt, computer-junkie crowd. It was a gas. We didn’t know what the hell we were doing. The exhibitors didn’t know what they were doing. The attendees didn’t know what to expect. But we pulled it off.

–Jim Warren, computer-industry pioneer

Computer clubs and shows were the public forums of the early micro world. They not only offered hobbyists an entree into an interesting social club, but also supplied otherwise-unobtainable news about product releases and industry innovations. The clubs provided ongoing support for hobbyists and featured free and wide-ranging discussions about products, which often led to the publication of another newsletter. The fairs ...

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