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From groups of users and clubs to camps to user groups

March/April 2014

1955
Share Side of fries with your vacuum tube logic circuitry, ma’am? Elvis is on the radio, Ray Kroc’s first McDonald’s opens, and a group of IBM 701 mainframe users forms SHARE, the first computer user group.

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1959
Club? Stop

"Please accept my resignation. I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept people like me as a member.”

 
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In a telegram to the Friar’s Club of Beverly Hills, from Groucho and Me (Random House, 1959). What’s a telegram? Fifty-five years later, dramatic exits—whether in jest or not—are announced in 140 (or fewer) electronic characters.


1975
Homebrewed

Early computer hobbyists form the Homebrew Computer Club in Menlo Park, California, designing and building their own computers; the first meeting inspires Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak to design the Apple I.

 
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1977
Camp CPU

Archery, canoeing, or BASIC? Fairfield University’s Dr. Michael Zabinski founds National Computer Camps.
Then: Parents sent postcards.
Now: Campers tweet updates.

 
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1993
IOUG

Focusing on empowering database administrators, the International Oracle Users Group forms. Renamed the Independent Oracle Users Group in 2006, IOUG delivers education, shares best practices, and provides networking opportunities for DBAs worldwide.

 
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2006
Collaborate

The Independent Oracle Users Group, Oracle Applications Users Group, and Quest International Users Group host the first COLLABORATE, an annual Oracle user conference, in Nashville, Tennessee. This year? Viva Las Vegas, Baby.

 
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2013
JUGs

From Abidjan to Warsaw, hundreds of Java user groups (JUGs) share a passion for all things Java, and Java Magazine features this global community on the cover of the March/April 2013 issue.

 
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