The PC World & More
The temporary location featured a LINK exhibit- The History of the PC
Attendees traveled in time from the present to what is said to be the very first personal computer the Kenbak-1.
Next, there was an exploration of the magical world of games. Games were, perhaps, the biggest influence for bringing the computer into the home. Guests played early video games from Nintendo, Sega and Atari.
Visitors explored the original IBM PC and artifacts of more than a decade of computer development from a do-it-yourself Heathkit and other hobbyist computers to many early retail machines and the three crowns of personal computing -- Apple II, TRS-80 and Commodore PET.
An exhibit of the Altair 8800 was intertwined with a fascinating story about a 1975 edition of Popular Electronics magazine, Paul Allen, Bill Gates, MITS, Ed Roberts and the beginning of Microsoft. The exploration of homebrew computing continued with the somewhat rare Mark-8 and SCELBI computers along with their legends.
There were hundreds more products, facts and tales to see and hear while exploring the 7,600 square feet PC exhibit space!
This exhibit featured chosen artifacts from the Mimms Collection. Lonnie Mimms is an avid collector of personal computers and related products. He has amassed one of the largest private collections of early personal computers in the U.S.