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Program Details 2018*

Title

A Friendly Orange Glow: PLATO and the Dawn of Cyberculture on the Silicon Prairie

Description

Long before what we know today as “The Internet,” a prototypical online community flourished, centered on the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Alan Baltis had the good luck to earn his Computer Science & MBA degrees there from 1977 -83, & was immersed in the PLATO community. Inspired by the publication of “The Friendly Orange Glow,” we’ll swing between detailed history & personal reminiscence as we discuss PLATO, plasma panels, modems, multimedia devices, TUTOR programming, online communities, multi-user games, hacking, instant messaging, blogging, virtual personae & cyberaddiction.

Presenter’s Name

Alan Baltis

Presenter’s Bio

Alan Baltis is an alpha geek, an app/website/database developer, author, & speaker. A collector, with 100K+ comic books, magazines, books, puzzles, games, CDs, & LPs. Been to 48/50 state capitols with wonderful M wife Colleen. In Ripley’s “Believe It Or Not” for hugging 833 people in an hour. Mensa member for 40+ years, in for life. Won on Jeopardy in 2013. Favorite color orange, favorite food deep-dish pizza, childhood hero Doc Savage. E-mail alanbaltis@thesmartlife.com../images/email-regular.s.gif, friend him on Facebook!

*Note: This program was offered last year and may or may not be offered again this year.


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