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Old 6th November 2005, 21:45   #1
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Crowd gathers for Homebrew Computer Club's 30th

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--If you've never seen a couple hundred bona-fide geeks sitting on the edge of their seats with excitement, you should have been on hand Saturday for an appreciation of the 30th anniversary of the Homebrew Computer Club.

Founded in 1975, the Homebrew Computer Club boasted a series of very well-known technologists. Among them was Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple Computer and a man known for his particular skill in putting together rudimentary, yet powerful, personal computers.

John Draper, also known as Cap'n Crunch, was on hand at the 30th anniversary of the Homebrew Computer Club. In the 1970s, Draper was convicted of wire fraud for using a "blue box" and a toy Cap'n Crunch whistle from a cereal box to tap into the national telephone network. He also developed the first word processor for the Apple II.

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