Personal Computer Museum, Canada's Videogame Museum

John Brent
Favorite Computer: Commodore 64
John's first PC was a TRS-80 Model 1 with Z80 1.77MHz CPU, 4K RAM, 4K ROM, tape drive and monitor (RCA B&W TV with no tuner). It was purchased for USD$599 at the 1977 introduction near Baltimore, MD. It was later upgraded to 16K RAM and 12K ROM and later again with an expansion interface to 48K RAM. A C=64 was next and was often used for co-sysop duties with Color '84 BBS which ran on a Coco. During those years, John's C=64 1541 drive made many trips over to Syd's place to facilitate operations best done with 2 drives. Enough said! Other computer experiences included an IBM 370 fed by punched cards, a DEC 10 with a paper tape bootstrap loader, an IMSAI 8080, an Apple II and the infamous Icon used in Ontario (mostly) schools. The "North West Fur Trade" educational program for the Icon was written by John and was popular for demonstrations during sales pitches outside Ontario. John was volunteer tech support for Brant FreeNet from 1996; later serving as a Director and Vice President until 2001. John is a retired school principal who has spent countless hours building computers for the free giveaway program and is happy to join the ranks as an official Personal Computer Museum volunteer. John Brent

Interested in helping out? We need volunteers to help run the museum during open houses and special events, people to catalog and archive our thousands of artifacts and more! You don't need to be a computer expert, just someone with a small amount of extra time and an interest in this project. If this sounds like you, please contact us!