ACTS Institute Inc

SPECIAL TO THE RHODE ISLAND COMPUTER MUSEUM

June 14, 2009

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

I first became interested in new technologies for my small consulting and technical assistance business in the ‘70s. ( ACTS By Charlotte Plotsky). I bought the first VCR on the market, an RCA VHS monster (compared to later VHS recorders) and a Commodore 64 PC. I 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.

1985, showing me standing and talking artist Evadene Judge through her first use of a drawing tool at the computer.

1980 – 1982 – (Written Materials Only)

After I helped co-found a small nonprofit tax-exempt organization, ACTS Institute, Inc., in Illinois, I decided to conduct an overview of the new information utilities and report on it in the Institute’s VISTAS periodical series “for people who care about knowing.” I found so much worthwhile material for our market, I decided to devote two entire issues (Vol. I No. 2 and Vol. I No. 3) of our bi-monthly to it, and included a glossary of terms, as well. VISTAS on Information and Telecommunications (Part I) was published in March/April. 1981, and Part II was published May/June 1981. At the end of the year I did an update. Finally, I put both issues, the update, the glossary + additional materials into a Report Form, VISTAS on our Information Age and the Telecommunications Revolution,” published in 1982. I also began collecting cartoons relevant to the subject.

1989, photo of me awarding a Continuing Education Credit (CEU) Certificate to ACTS Institute member Sandra Gaynes, upon her successful completion of a computer tutorial program sponsored by ACTS in Kansas City, Mo that I taught.

1981 – 1983 – (Visual Materials, Seminar with written materials and Exhibits)

I worked on several media projects. My first was called “Video: A Community Development Tool,” produced in 1981and previewed in 1982, as well as 1983 in Illinois by the Institute. Working with Rock Valley College in Rockford, Illinois and Artist Susanne Kaufman, I also had video footage made of Ms. Kaufman’s “Connections” art series, based on the computer chip and the brain. .A third video featured footage taken on site in Miami, Florida under my direction, made possible by a $1,000 award I obtained from Altos Computer Systems i