West Coast Computer Society (WCCS) History

September 2016 marked the 40th anniversary of the beginning of the West Coast Computer Society, or WCCS for short. (It was called the British Columbia Computing Society, or BCCS, the first year before it was legally incorporated as a society.) The last official meeting of the WCCS was held 1990-Oct-03, when we voted to disband the club.

The first meeting was held in the basement suite of the Duff brothers in Burnaby, BC, on 1976-Sep-08, with 19 people attending, including me. An interim executive was elected, with Karl Brackhaus, of Dynapro Systems, as president. As far as I know, the BCCS/WCCS was the very first (micro-)computer club in the Vancouver, BC (Canada) area.

I scanned the few documents I kept after my last purge. (I used to have an almost complete collection of the BCCS/WCCS newsletters. I will be getting a pile of them from another member, so will be scanning more soon.):
- very first two newsletters (1976-September and 1976-October)
- last newsletter (1990-June)
- incorporation papers
- two information flyers
- closing letter (1990-September)
- 1976-November and 1980-October newsletters (thanks to George Cserenyi)
- (more newsletters coming soon...)
- (contact me if you would like access to these files)

I have several WCCS membership lists from 1976-1988, and one 68XX list from 1987. When I merged all of these lists, I ended up with 439 names! Of course many of these will have passed away by now, including Doug Lockhart and David Maroun.

If you were involved with this club in the past, I would love to hear from you! If you have contact information for other people who were associated with the WCCS, please let me know as well.

How many of you would be interested in a WCCS reunion? I'm hoping to organize one for 2019-September. It might even include a display of some vintage computers.

Three of us former WCCS members, plus a friend, attended the Vintage Computer Festival Pacific Northwest , held in Seattle at the Living Computers: museum + labs in February 2018. I exhibited a system I built that will help in recovering data from old floppy disks by capturing both the analog and digital signals.

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