• Subject: Re: Recovered Yet ??
  • From: Larry Bolhuis <lbolhui@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 14 Mar 1999 21:37:27 -0500
  • Organization: Arbor Solutions, Inc

> Anyway - the attendance was _very_ poor.

  Yup, we heard 2200 'Full Paid'.  I played traffic cop at Registration and
although it went VERY smooth (Kudos to the team) part of that was because of the
low attendance.

> There were a lot of blowout sessions (I had three back-to-back) but that
> was because they were in a room that was way too small to start with.

  The scheduling 'brains' put Speakers like Bob Tipton, John Sears, Janet
Kreuger, and even Gold Medal winner Randy Munson in tiny rooms.  Come on!!
 
> Kudos to Andy.

  Agreed.  Now if we could just get back the FREE Beer....


> The other comment was from a gent whose name I can't remember but who used to 
>be
> at COMMON all the time and then dropped out of sight about 8 years ago.  This
> was his first time back and he was shocked at how much had changed.  He noted
> that it seemed to be less a "sharing" event and more a business type affair 
>than
> it had been.  Can't argue with that.

  The 'gent' was Rip VanWinkle (aka Robert Scheutte) author of such S/3x gems as
RPG II 1/2 and RCW/3x.  Bob's last COMMON was 1991.  I knew Bob back in his
previous COMMON days, he was a frequent speaker and keeper of the old S/36
grafitti library.  Bob was NOT Happy with many of the changes he saw.  THings
like the huge production at opening session and other glitzy non-productive
stuff.  Huge increases in price, fewer sessions and expensive hotels were not
favorites of his either.  He also commented to me that the 'near total lack of
volunteers' was appalling.

  Having attended COMMON since 1988 I have to agree with much of what Bob says
too.

 - Larry


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