Trenton Computer Festival

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The Trenton Computer Festival, founded in 1976, is the oldest continuously-running personal computer show in the world.[1][2] It is considered to be the first major fair for personal computer hobbyists.[3][4]

It was founded 1976 at Trenton State College by Sol Libes and Allen Katz with the assistance of the Amateur Computer Group of New Jersey (ACGNJ).[5][6] The initial event drew a crowd of approximately 1,500, and featured lectures, vendor tables, and an outdoor computer market, all aimed at the amateur computer hobbyist.[7]

By 1992, it had moved to the Mercer County Community College,[8] and by 1999 it had moved to the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison, New Jersey.[9] In 2005, TCF returned to The College of New Jersey, formerly Trenton State College, to celebrate its 30th anniversary.[10]


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  2. ^ "Trenton Computer Festival in its 40th year". The Signal. 2015-04-01. Retrieved 2018-03-15.
  3. ^ Pitre, Boisy G.; Loguidice, Bill (2013-12-10). CoCo: The Colorful History of Tandy’s Underdog Computer. CRC Press. p. 10. ISBN 9781466592476.
  4. ^ Loguidice, Bill; Barton, Matt (2014-02-24). Vintage Game Consoles: An Inside Look at Apple, Atari, Commodore, Nintendo, and the Greatest Gaming Platforms of All Time. CRC Press. ISBN 9781135006501.
  5. ^ Gewirtz, David. "Trenton Computer Festival, the early days of computing, and me | ZDNet". ZDNet. Retrieved 2018-03-15.
  6. ^ "Trenton Computer Festival - Definition from PC Magazine Encyclopedia". Retrieved 2018-03-15.
  7. ^ Rensberger, Boyce (1976-05-04). "Low-Cost Computers Beginning to Move Into the Home". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-03-14. (Subscription required (help)).
  8. ^ CQ: The Radio Amateurs' Journal. CQ Publishing. 1992.
  9. ^ Amateur Radio. CQ Publishing. 1999.
  10. ^ "TCF". Retrieved 2018-03-15.

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