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.
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 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
- 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,
whose obituary is
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.
Would anyone be interested in a reunion, either real or virtual?
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
a system I built that will help in recovering data from old
floppy disks by capturing both the analog and digital signals.
(My e-mail address is here.)
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