Glenside Club Meeting: Thursday April 11, 2023 @ 7:30PM Central

May the Fourth Be With You!

A few years ago, when we were planning the next few show dates, I saw that there would be a May 4 in 2024, and I was stoked to suggest that date to the club for our 2024 show. I can see some of you rolling your eyes, but the Star Wars Saga and the home computing era in the 1980s have such deep connections. Almost every platform, including the CoCo, offers a multitude of Star Wars themed games, even if they weren’t licensed from LucasFilm. Even catch phrases like “Stay on Target!” and “It’s a Trap” find their way into CoCo games, utilities, apps, and discussions. So, corny though it may be, I am excited about our nod to George Lucas’ space western for our 2024 show.

I don’t anticipate any major concerns at this point, but it’s the calm before the storm as we hold our last meeting before the 32nd Annual CoCoFEST! Tables are in short supply, the hotel is well filled, speakers are cleaning up their presentation materials, and I’m getting ready to print attendance badges. Speaking of which, if you want a nice preprinted badge, my advice is to pre-register on in the next week or so. I usually print the badges the Monday of the show (so April 29), and to speed up registration their year, I think we’re going to just hand out a Sharpie and badges with the show graphic and a blank name box for walk-ups. And yes, if you surmise this is attempt to get folks to pre-register to speed the process up, you are not wrong!

Anyway, Grant will give us a late-breaking news fest update at our meeting this month and field any last minute questions folks may have. If possible, we’ll continue our discussions on the club’s capability to finance estate purchases for archival. As well, if you’d like to bring up any other topics, please let me know and I’ll add them to the agenda.

Please join us this Thursday. We will open the call a bit early at 7:00PM to chat and address any Zoom connections issues folks might have.

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Calling All CoCo Connoisseurs!

Just one month from today, the 32nd Annual “Last” Chicago CoCoFEST! will officially kick off at the Carol Stream, IL Holiday Inn. For 2024, we’ve taken over the entirety of the show space at the venue, not only filling the entirety of the main hall, but also taking over space across the hallway. CoCoFEST coordinator Grant Leighty is busy finalizing the presentation schedule, which will be posted along with hotel reservation information and exhibitor details at For the second year, CoCoFEST! is sponsored by Retro Rewind. Please stop by their booth at the show.

Speaking of hotel accommodations, they’ve noted 102 nights have already been reserved, though they are holding the block rate open until April 17. If you’re considering joining us in Carol Stream, there’s no better time than now to take advantage of the room rate. Like last year, attendee admission is free, though we really appreciate pre-registration via Also as in previous years, we are offering a catered evening meal at the hotel, and you can order tickets at that web site. Finally, please consider joining GCCC or renewing your membership during your pre-registration.

Whether you’re planning to attend in person or join virtually via our streams, be sure to show off your show spirit by grabbing some of the show apparel. In addition to t-Shirts, hoodies, caps, beanies, and shorts, you can also pick up a CoCoFEST! mug, bottle, backpack, apron, laptop bag, button, magnet, or fanny pack. If there are babies in your life, nothing says you’re a great influence for that child more than a CoCoFEST branded onesie or bib! Sadly, there’s no plush CoCo Cat due to copyright concerns, but I do think the teddy bear is quite cute! No matter what you fancy, you can sport either one of our show graphic designs.

No matter why you’re planning to attend, we’re excited to share this event with you, a CoCo Connoisseur. Beyond the exhibits, presentations and the even popular No Minimum Bid Auction(tm), I hope you are able to enjoy making new friendships and strengthening existing ones. Given all of the demands on our time, I think it’s important to take a weekend like this to focus on the relationships in the community. If you have an opportunity, stop by my table at the show and say hello.

To no one’s surprise, this event would not exist without the efforts of the event staff, coordinated by showrunner Grant Leighty. I’d also like to thank Randy Weaver for assisting on the TandyList automations. If you have an opportunity at the show, please take a moment to thank our volunteers, without whose help, CoCoFEST would be nothing.