----------------------------------------------------------------------
 Area: 11-Board of Directors  Message Number: 4117  Date: 09-04-02
 From: Eric CLYDE
 To: BOD
 Subject: Re: History
----------------------------------------------------------------------

I'm not sure if things had changed by them, but when I joined the club there was of course no online bulletin board, so software was distributed at the meetings. You could either purchase a disk with the new software (if I remember correctly it cost $1) or you could have it copied to your own 360K floppy. As numbers grew, the latter got too difficult for the librarian to do at the meeting, so that soon stopped.

----------------------------------------------------------------------
From: Stuart Moxley
To: BOD
Sent: Thursday, September 05, 2002 8:28 PM
Subject: RE: History
----------------------------------------------------------------------

We may have charged a buck if you brought your own disk however those were the days before Dydak (KOA) started to manufacture disks in Arnprior.

People were very particular about their disks and the only brand everyone would agree upon was Dysan? They were $35+ for a box of 10. As I recall we sold them for $5 so the club made $1.50 on each disk. We discontinued the practise of members bringing their own disks to copy early on, as it meant someone had to bring a computer to the meeting and the numbers got too large.

When KOA started up they did a presentation (at the NCR) and the club switched to their product, which I think we bought for about $15 in white no name boxes. Anne and I loaned the club money to buy a 100? boxes as the club at that point had very limited funds. We continued to sell the disks for $5 for some time and as a result the club built up a fairly good bank account as we were selling about 100+ disks a month. The disks were a key feature of the club and generated as much if not more revenue than membership fees; Chris put a tremendous amount of time and effort into obtaining a huge selection of great programs from sources near and far. He regularly presented the treasurer with significant long distance phone bills from downloading programs from afar with his high-speed 1200-baud modem.

The good old days

Stu

----------------------------------------------------------------------
 Area: 11-Board of Directors  Message Number: 4125  Date: 09-05-02
 From: Eric Clyde
 To: BOD
 Subject: Re: History
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Stu:

Since you were so closely involved, your memory must be correct.

There was an annual disk subscription option -- $45? -- and I can remember the lineups of members waiting for the disks (and having their cards checked off). The price of floppies was high then (and not just for the Dysan brand), there was no Internet and not even a PUB so, if you wanted to try out software without spending a fortune on commercial programs, which might not do what you wanted, the software library was almost the only source.

All the best,

Eric