Computer History Stories From Around the States

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The Rhode island Computer Museum, now over 20 years old, has amassed vintage computers representing nearly every nation of the world. To many donors working with a computer has been a self-discovery, and an exciting learning realization.

If you would like to share your own Computer history story, submit pictures and a discussion of your early times learning about and using computers. Please contact us.


Charlotte Plotsky

Autobiographical Summary of Computer-Related Activities Conducted by Charlotte Plotsky of ACTS Institute, Inc., a nonprofit tax-exempt Illinois-based organization.


Charlotte first became interested in new technologies for her small consulting and technical assistance business in the ‘70s. Charlotte bought the first VCR on the market, an RCA VHS monster (compared to later VHS recorders) and a Commodore 64 PC.  She used the latter  primarily for word processing and some data base management, e.g. for mailings, and adapted a very simple address mailing label software program to inventory educational materials.


Stephan Richard Borden 1970 - 2003.

Stephan Borden was born on April 2, 1970, in Andover, Massachusetts. His exposure to computers started with handheld game toys that were introduced in the early 1980s. He soon graduated to a Sinclair Timex. It didnt take long before he felt the need for something more challenging, and he easily talked his father into a Commodore 64. Steve started out with action games like Jumpman on the C64 and eventually moved on to more cerebral games like Zork and Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, which he quickly mastered.

His Amiga system, his software, and his books and magazines were donated by his parents to the Rhode Island Computer Museum in 2004..


Barbara Falcigno Donation

Dear Rhode Island Computer Museum,
I'm the Associate Registrar of the Computer History Museum.  I recently received a donation of magazines and manuals from Ms. Barbara Falcigno.  There are four boxes of materials which our archivists did not want to add to the collection.  I do know that you accepted many of the materials that we already had in our collection, and so I wanted to know if you would like to add these materials to your collection.  Three of the boxes of magazines are Datamation, ranging in years from 1959 to 1981.  The last box is a mixed bag of 60s and 70s IBM documents, with a few Burroughs docs mixed in. 
If you'd like these materials, we will pick up the tab to have them sent out your way. 
Best wishes,
William Harnack