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Chicago Expo 2000

In Commodore's glory days, it was a major presence at big computer shows, and the World of Commodore shows in LA and other cities drew thousands.

Today's Commodore shows are intimate affairs, usually lasting one day, and drawing crowds of 50 to 100. However, the intense loyalty to the machine far surpasses what was seen in the early days, and those who attended the big shows would be amazed and delighted at the advances made in recent years in getting the Commodore to perform tricks that its designers thought impossible. Recent shows have seen the first public demonstrations of Wheels, a major upgrade to the GEOS operating system; and the Wave, a graphic web browser for the Commodore.

The most widely known events in the last few years have been the Lansing (MI) Expo and the Chicago Expo. In addition, Commodore has been a significant presence at the Vintage Computer Festival in Silicon Valley, and the Classic Gaming Expo.

The 2000 Chicago Expo on September 23 drew many of the best known writers, programmers and hardware hackers in the Commodore Community. Robert Bernardo, who has attended and reported on all of these events, was there and captured the action and the faces on film.

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Maurice Randall demonstrates The Wave Chicago Expo audience at The Wave demo Roger Lawhorn, GEOS programmer

Maurice Randall demonstrates The Wave, the Commodore graphic web browser

Chicago Expo audience at The Wave demo

Roger Lawhorn, GEOS programmer (GeoLabel, GeoPrint) using a system belonging to his father-in-law, Dale Sidebottom

    

John Lindemann

Greg Nacu, Commodore slinger

Adrian Gonzalez and Steve Judd

John Lindemann, with Maurice Randall's two systems

Greg Nacu, Commodore slinger

Adrian Gonzalez, left; Steve Judd, developers of the JPEG viewer for Commodore

    

Stephen Blasko and Randy Harris

K. Dale Sidebottom, post script printing guru

Jeri Ellsworth's 24-bit video board for the C64

Stephen Blasko, left, developing C128 program to communicate to digital cameras; Randy Harris, right, president of Expo sponsor SWRAP

K. Dale Sidebottom, post script printing guru

Jeri Ellsworth's 24-bit video board for the C64

    

Jeri Ellsworth and Raymond Day

Robin Harbron and Darren Foulds, aka Shroom of PSW

Mark Seelye and Jason Compton

Jeri Ellsworth and Raymond Day, 
REU expansion expert

Robin Harbron, programmer, back; Darren Foulds, aka Shroom of PSW (demo group)

Mark Seelye, demo programmer, front, Jason Compton, Commodore and Amiga writer

    

Nate Dannenberg and David Wood

    

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Nate Dannenberg, developer of ModPlay, an Amiga MOD player for Commodore, front; David Wood, just behind Nate; David is working on a SCSI adapter for the C64 which he calls UHS

    

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Robert Bernardo is a middle school teacher in Corcoran CA, and president of the Fresno Commodore User Group. Robert has traveled to many U.S. locations as well as to England, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, and the Czech Republic; and has written extensively on his contacts with the Commodore people he met on his travels. His articles are archived in the Articles Index at the Commodore Information Center.

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Updated January 13, 2012