I invite you to meet some of the folks who have been my sounding board, come up with ideas, volunteered their time, etc. This show would never have happened if not for the encouragement of so many Mac users and vendors who asked me to do it and offered ideas. People who'd attended the original MacFair LA by the LAMG recalled things they loved. People who had volunteered at MacFair LA shared stories. Fellow authors, vendors, and speakers provided thoughts. And fellow user group leaders/members who've been asking me for a show have been giving me ideas for years.
Shelly comes to the MacGathering from Austin, Texas, has probably been involved in many an item you've read if you've been reading about Mac for much of its years. She has written 10 books and hundreds of articles for magazines including Macworld, NetProfessional, The Net, NewMedia, WebTechniques, and SunWorld. For 4 1⁄2 years she was the networking editor for MacUser Magazine.
Her real-world expertise comes from jobs such as being Managing Editor/Technology at Powered Inc., Webmaster, system administrator, and consultant.
Anita has been an integral part of the Southern California web community for as long as the web's been public so when I finally met her in person in 2005, I asked her to bring her web site search optimization expertise to a seminar. She's such a resource that she brought a lot more!
Pre-show Anita was busy developing relationships with all sorts of people in the world of Mac, small business, and everything related. She' was constantly coming up with helpful resources. In fact, she brought us Oceanside Photo and Telescope, bringing not just a digital photography reseller but also astronomy.
Rick Glowe and I first met when he helped with the LAMG's MacFair. Since those days, he's done some impressive work at an IT manager, designing, building and managing major networks.
I was thrilled when he offered to help out.
(Thank you to Alex Bellanger for taking this photo during the iProng DJ contest at the 2006 MacGathering.)
I first met Mark Hartman at a user group meeting in Orange County in Dec 2002. Attending the first ever Regional Macintosh Gathering in April 2003, he stepped in to help out and immediately became an integral part of the show. Since then he has been a major sounding board, offering many excellent ideas and solutions.
Pre-show Mark helps with just about everything. At the show, Mark is our primary Vendor Support, as well as a speaker.
Tom is a long-time Mac user group member who has helped me out at so many meetings over so many years that I couldn't begin to count.
Back in 1992 he was teaching himself DOS when a computer store sales person introduced him to the Mac and invited him to an LAMG meeting. Seeing Mac users' enthusiasm he left DOS behind, bought a Mac (Classic), and hasn't looked back since. The closest he ever got to buying Windows is VirtualPC. His newest Mac is a PowerBook G4.
At the show,Tom handles seminar set-up and management.
Fielden hails from the LAMG and MacFair LA. Along the way we have crossed paths at Long Beach Mac groups, at trade shows and seminars and through discussions over the future of the Mac and of computing in general.
Jim came to be part of the show when, based on his excellent utility, Yasu (Yet another system utility), I asked him to teach a seminar (Mac Tune-up: Keep your Mac healthy). By the time his seminar rolled around, he'd done a whole lot more, including OS installs and creating signage.
Jim works with private businesses and non-profit surfing organizations around the Orange County area, helping them solve their business and operational needs. He is also a full-time systems administrator and FileMaker developer. You can learn more about him at JimMitchell.org
Mario Salinas is the owner of Amazon-Networks, a web design and hosting company. It was in this capacity that he met Deborah and became an advisor/contributor to her Adobe GoLive 5 Bible, as well as becoming her website host. (In fact, he hosts this site.)
Cathy's background is in training and managment. Over the years, she has taught in many disciplines, including Needlework, Color Theory, Computing, and Elementary school. Prior to the birth of her son, she was a bank manager and wrote procedure changes for a major California Bank. She's even trained pharmacist's assistants. After retiring from banking, she found herself teaching large groups the art of Tole and Decorative painting for the Decorative Painter's Society, at Adult school and in private classes. She also helped introduce the web to painters by creating a forum on AOL, hosting several weekly chats, one of which helped newbies troubleshoot AOL problems. In recent years, Cathy managed the repair department of a popular LA Apple Specialist and Reseller store. She now works there part-time and continues to provide weekly private Mac training for clients.
Cathy worked closely with Deborah Shadovitz, during the writing of the GoLive 5 Bible; writing exercises, researching technical issues, muddling through beta software issues. She also wrote a chapter, as well. All concurrently with her own full-time employment. Little did she know what would grow from an email reply to a post on a GoLIve mail list!
Dorothy Yamamoto is a Santa Monica-based graphic artist and designer who took retirement from her day-job and recareered a few years ago.
She has been a Mac enthusiast and user since her first Mac Plus and attributes her interest and skills in computer graphics to the Macintosh's ease of use and maintenance. She is a member of the PixelCorps, a world-wide guild of digital artists, where she is extending her training into multimedia production. She's the designer of Leo Laporte's TWIT — This Week In Tech — logo. Leo selected it from many, many submissions (and raved about it on a TWIW podcast.)
Dorothy attended the 2005 MacGathering and had the foresight to record Sinbad's Keynote. Letting me know she had this, I discovered what a great person she is and she was soon on board to help build the MacGathering.
Dorothy will be designing our 2006 MacGathering Show Guide.
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