History of Sierra Mousetrap

Sign up for our free newsletter! Club History 1985 Current theory holds that the Sierra Mousetrap began in July of 1985, although no archeological evidence exists to support that date. The first newsletter appeared in June of 1986. 1986 The first surviving newsletter was dated June 1986, the editor was Dan Grange with articles by Randy Hall and Andy Peterman. The July 10th meeting was held at the Holbrooke Hotel. Randy was also in charge of the BBS (Bulletin Board). The November newsletter indicated there seemed to be a lack of interest by members and shutting the club down was considered. Fortunately it did not occur, and December brought the meeting to John Juneau’s home. Andy Peterman was treasurer. 1987 Leslie Gillette (now of Adinfinitum in Grass Valley) became newsletter editor and it was announced that a great new meeting place at Litton Labs had been offered by Larry Litton. It appears that John Juneau was the first formal leader of the group. Twenty-eight people attended the January meeting and it was announced that Jim Squires would demo Omnis 3+ at the February meeting. Greg Wolters began contributing articles along with Andy and Randy. Ads were added to the newsletter. Meetings became more formal with reports from membership chair and librarian, announcements, news items, introductions and Q & A. Informal exchanges ended meetings. 1988 Bruce Rawles took over as editor and Myrna Raglin became treasurer. Not much news about the person in charge, but we think it was Larry Litton. The August meeting included a demo of CD-ROMs by John Juneau. Greg Wolters gave a demo of Mini-CAD’s 3D capabilities. 1989 Larry Litton demo’d the Apple Fax-Modem. In June was another demo by Larry of his new IIcx. Marilyn Dittman, Mary Hurst, and Bruce Rawles each edited the newsletter during this year. 1990 Marilyn Dittman became newsletter editor and Barbara Hallock gave a demo of MacinTax. Walter Rector agreed to be membership chair and Jon Sorensen became librarian. Walter drew up a constitution in June, but we’re not sure if it was ratified. Tom Harbert became newsletter editor in July. Larry Litton demonstrated HyperCard and developed a membership database. 1991 Barbara Hallock became treasurer in January of 1991 and John Williamson became membership chair. Larry Litton remained unofficial group leader. In June System 7.0 was demonstrated. 1992 A steering committee was formed; the usual attendees were: Tom Harbert, Barbara Hillock, Marilyn Dittman, John Williamson, Bill Holman, Roberto Riley, and Larry Litton. The first six months of demos were planned. John became newsletter editor, Marilyn became secretary, and Roberto became steering committee chair. 1993 Toni Ray took over the newsletter, Eli Bottrell was librarian, Marilyn Dittmann was treasurer, Tom Harbert became VP, Bill Holman and Lindsay’s Custom Printing published the newsletter. Steering committee members included John Sorenson, John Williamson and Jim Hurley. 1994 The Sierra Mousetrap Macintosh User Group (SMMUG) was revitalized in August 1994 when the Club was in need of leadership. The former President and staff members had run the gauntlet and new people were needed to carry on the executive tasks. Evert Frisk volunteered as President, Rick Barbezat as Vice President, John Dokulil as Ambassador, Marilyn Dittman as Treasurer and Membership, Kris Barbezat as Newsletter Editor, and Loren Raglin as the Librarian. In August collaboration with Union Hill School District started allowing free use of rooms and a method to obtain the required insurance coverage. Club meetings relocated from the Litton Building to the Union Hill School. Erika Terrassa became acting liaison between the District and SMMUG. 1995 This year we began having demonstrations and presentations by members and guest speakers. In March we held elections and the existing Officers and Staff members remained in place. The Union Hill School now has four club members on board. Internet services and telephone rates became the hot subject in the spring. Explanations of Internet terms and E-Mail became interesting topics. We continued to strive for a viable projection system but to date none are free and available. Macintosh Operating System 7.5 was released and along with it a whole passel of problems. Subsequent version releases fixed many of the original problems. The year ended with new goals being derived for 1996. We achieved about 60-70%. Not bad! 1996 This year began with a plead for members to contribute ideas for future meeting. A brainstorming session was held to “Create Future Topics Goals” for the Club. This resulted in acceptance of fresh ideas and planning of workshops. In March we renamed the “Newsletter” to the “Bulletin.” Fresh news articles for the Bulletin where contributed by members. The bulletin format was revamped and a new Editor came on board: Laura Webster. Beverly Stout took on the membership task. Colored paper brighten our Bulletin’s complexion for the first time. Elections kept the same Officers in place: E. Frisk, R. Barbezat, J. Dokulil, and L. Raglin. 1996 was an excellent year for presentations and club participation. In December our membership climbed to 102. 1997 Another year and the club is still managing quite well with high membership and good material for presentations. As the election period approaches the President Evert Frisk announces he will be retiring from his post. Elections are held and new Officers are: John Dokulil - President and Ambassador, Rick Barbezat - Vice President, Loren Raglin - Staff Specialist, Bulletin Editor - Mira Lathe, Membership and Treasurer - John Murray. Another Staff Specialist added: Kwong Chew. In May John Dokulil resigns as President and Rick Barbezat takes the President’s position. Richard Webster is appointed as the acting Vice President. 2003 Rick Barbezat leaves the area, leaving John Murry and Rich Webster running the show. Both are too busy to do a whole lot, other than run meetings. Print newsletter gives way to email announcements of meetings, and no new officers are introduced until 2005 In the Spring, we spawn this little blog site. Late August we interrupt our summer hiatus for a planning meeting. We schedule the first several meetings of the year, assign new tasks, and generally start behaving like an organized group. Our first meeting covers the issues that will revolve around the transition from Motorola to Intel Chips, a pretty remarkable development. September we reapply to become an official Apple user group again. 2010 With a new president, Gerald Martin Davenport, and looking for a new location, we see the future looking bright and prosperous for all. Same meeting location: best price for the features. GERALD took us back to the past and into the future by covering old and new software, hardware, and topics that had no time boundaries in his inaugural year. The membership grew by a small percent, but it grew, and the interest increased due to Gerald's overwhelming enthusiasm toward the group and the Macintosh.