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Photos: Homebrew's 30th anniversary

The Homebrew Computer Club's 30th anniversary celebration was part of the Vintage Computer Festival at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif.
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Computer celebration

A celebration marking the 30th anniversary of the Homebrew Computer Club drew a packed house to the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., on Nov. 6, 2005. The event was held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Vintage Computer Festival.

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PC legends

Five early participants of the Homebrew Computer Club spoke at a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the group. From left to right are Michael Holley, Steve Wozniak, Allen Baum, Lee Felsenstein and Bob Lash.

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Bruce Damer, curator of the DigiBarn Computer Museum in Santa Cruz, Calif., participates in the festivities marking the anniversary.

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Early leadership

Lee Felsenstein, designer of the Osborne 1, moderated the Homebrew Computer Club in its early years.

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Early members

Lee Felsenstein (left) listens to Bob Lash, another early member of the club.

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Club memories

Michael Holley, left, and Allen Baum listen to Wozniak reminisce about the early days of the club. Baum helped create the Apple I and introduced Wozniak to the club. On the table is an Altair computer that was programmed to play the song "Daisy," repeating a demonstration in the earliest days of the Homebrew Computer Club. In the late 1950s, "Daisy" was the first song played by a computer, a feat some consider the beginning of computer music. Also, in the movie "2001," as the computer HAL is being gradually shut down, it begins to sing "Daisy."

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Cake cutting

Apple Computer co-founder Wozniak cuts a cake to help celebrate the club's 30th birthday.

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PC pioneers

Collaborators in the early days of the personal-computer revolution, Baum and Wozniak shared their memories.

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Cap'n Crunch

John Draper, also known as Cap'n Crunch, was on hand at the anniversary party. In the 1970s, Draper was convicted of wire fraud for using a "blue box" and a toy Cap'n Crunch whistle from a cereal box to tap into the national telephone network. He also developed the first word processor for the Apple II.

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Silicon signature

Wozniak signs a silicon wafer for an attendee of the Vintage Computer Fair, which hosted the Mountain View, Calif., celebration.

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Computer collector

Sellam Ismail, founder of the Vintage Computer Festival, talks about his own collection of 2,000 vintage computers, housed in a warehouse in Livermore, Calif. The most he paid for a single item was $400--for a prototype Apple IIGS. His rarest machine is an Apple Lisa with the original, and buggy, dual Twiggy drives.

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