Who was Moe Comeau? Ask the volunteers of the Main Line Macintosh Users Group (MLMUG) or the Macworld User Group volunteers team and you will hear an incredible number of responses: past MLMUG president, founding member, recording secretary, webmaster, photographer, cook and reviewer; Macworld lounge host and show floor guide; Apple User Group Ambassador, teacher and columnist.
Ask the librarians, students, attendees and teachers helped by his computer literacy presentations, and you will hear what an entertaining speaker he was. Mulching trees or planting flowers at the Valley Forge National Historical Park? Yep, he did that as part of the Lockheed Martin employees’ NOVA program. Add in the many readers of his In Moe’s Humble Opinion (IMHO) columns and viewers of “Moe’s Tribute to Steve” and the words funny, smart and giving will surely come up as well.
Still, the word that comes most to mind is friend.
On Saturday, January 25, we lost that friend. Thanks for the many years of good cheer, tireless volunteering and friendship, Moe. You will be greatly missed.
The Apple User Group Advisory Board
Moe’s Curmudgeon Collection
Main Line Macintosh’s Tribute
(Moe’s photo taken from the MLMUG Website)
In honor of the original Macintosh Development Team, All Planet Studios, the Computer History Museum and Macworld/iWorld announce a celebration of the 30 year anniversary of the Macintosh, held on January 25 at the Flint Center in Cupertino, CA.
Ilene Hoffman reminds the community that community members should send photos and testimonials as part of the accompanying Poster Project – the project provides fans with a chance to be a part of the event, even if they cannot be there!
Want to learn more about the celebration?
(Thanks to Ilene Hoffman, long-time editor of the Macworld Party Page, for this tip.)
Here is a bit of fun, posted to YouTube on Monday. Whether you have visited Apple’s Infinite Loop Headquarters or would like to do so, this reconstruction in Minecraft is sure to bring a smile. Michael Steeber spent two years on the project. Wow!
It can be hard for groups to get presentations for meetings. And, if a presenter takes the time and trouble to visit your group, will he or she want to come back? A reader recently sent in a tip about a series that covers everything from inviting a presenter to how to handle activity on the night of a presentation. Provided by Nicholas Pyers’ AppleUsers.org the series has been around for a while but is well worth revisiting.
Approaching Potential Presenters
Working with Presenters on “The Night”
The Houston Area Apple Users Group’s (HAAUG) semi-annual Swap Meet is the place to find gently used tech bargains that will delight both novices and tech savvy users! January 18, 2014, Bellaire Civic Center in Bellaire, Texas: Be there or be square.
(Thanks to Apple User Group Regional Liaison and HAAUG past president Doug Smith for this tip!)
The Northwest of Us User Group (NWOU) regularly holds special one-day workshops on topics of interest to their members and their community. On January 18, 2014, the next hands-on workshop will cover iMovie 10, with presenter Phil Brooks.
On April 15, 2004, eight years and eight months ago, Tom Piper took over responsibility for all vendor offers published in the Apple User Group Bulletin, later providing all of the offers that ran on the Apple User Group Resources Blog.
Tom had been busy in the user group community for many years prior to wearing the Vendor Wizard hat: he founded appleJAC MUG in 1984 and served as its president for well over 20 years. He had been appointed as one of the Apple User Group Program’s Regional Liaisons in 2003, and later served as Advisory Board Chair for two years. During those 8.6 Vendor Wizard years, Tom was responsible for providing the raffle items enjoyed at UGU, UGLC, the User Group Ice Cream Social and more, all for user group attendees at Macworld.
In November, Tom stepped down from his vendor responsibilities, focusing on new Advisory Board projects.
Thanks for many, many years of wonderful offers and even better memories, Tom!
On January 14, officers and members of Denver’s MacinTech Computer Users Group will host a special program with a focus on Apple’s assistive technologies. Presenters will include Dan Burke, from the Colorado Center for the Blind, and a representative from AbleLink Technologies, speaking about AbleLink’s programs to help the learning disabled navigate mass transit. Most Apple users know that Macs are designed for universal access, with dozens of assistive technologies built in. Still, those dozens are just the start of the many ways that a Mac can provide access solutions.
(Thanks to Andy Suhaka, MacinTech Treasurer, for this great tip!)
The Santa Fe Macintosh User Group, co-founded by John Tollit, Dave Rohr and Robin Williams, will be holding a special meeting in March of 2014, celebrating 20 years of User Group community. Officers and members are putting together a special presentation for that meeting and are interested in any mementos that folk might have. Do you have photos or other memories from their early days? If so, contribute to the celebration by sending them to webmaster – at – santafemug.org
Here’s a brief history by John Tollit of the founding of the SFMUG.
Visit the group’s home page.