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VCFSW Panels & speakers

We have a variety of speakers giving talks on their industry experience, teaching a class, or joining a panel discussion. Below are the speakers you can expect to see at the show.

If you have something interesting to present please reach out to us!


The Definitive Tandy Panel

Panel Members Scheduled to Appear

Paul Schreiber

Paul worked as both a co-op technician (1977) and as Senior Project Engineer (1980-84, 1988-93). Among the many projects he worked on were modems, the Model II/III graphics cards, and the VIS/Sensation multimedia PCs.

John Prickett

John was a Senior Project Engineer from 1982 - 1993. He worked on many computers and ASICs, including the CoCo 2, CoCo3, and the Model 1000 family.

Rick Thompson

Rick worked as a Senior Project Engineer from 1980-1993. He was the lead designer on many of the business computers, such as the Model II, the Model 3000 family, and the Model 4000 family.

Jerry Heep

Jerry  was the longest-serving Tandy R&D employee, working as a Senior Project Engineer from 1975-2012. Among his 37 year tenure, he deigned everything from Project Green Thumb (precursor to CoCo 1), firmware for modems and infrared remotes, and automated the Tandy Center lights using a proprietary network.

Steve Mosher

Steve had a dual career at Tandy. Initially he was the first and only RFI/EMI/Design engineer from 1979-1991, and then joining the Tandy Law Dept from 1991-1997 where he managed patent applications and patent infringement claims against Tandy. 

YouTube / Streamers Panel

Panel Members Scheduled to Appear

Moderated by Bill Herd

David Murray (The 8-Bit Guy)


Sean Malseed (Action Retro)

David Lovett (Usagi Electric)

June Tate-Gans (Nybbles and Bytes)

Taylor and Amy (Taylor and Amy Show)

Jeri Ellsworth (Jeri Ellsworth)

David Beem (IBM Museum)

Individual speakers

Jennell Jaquays

Jennell Jaquays pioneered pre-made RPG scenarios in her 1976 fanzine The Dungeoneer and is still known for her D&D adventures Dark Tower and Caverns of Thracia.


At Coleco, she assembled one of the first video game art and design studios to make ColecoVision games. She has worn the hats of designer, editor, artist, and team leader for many game companies, including TSR, Inc., (Dungeons & Dragons), id Software (Quake 2 and Quake 3), Microsoft (Age of Empires and Halo Wars), CCP, Olde Sküül Entertainment, Inc., and Fifth Wall Games & Miniatures.


She co-founded The SMU Guildhall in Dallas, a master degree program in video game development and was a 2017 inductee into the Adventure Gaming Arts and Design Hall of Fame.

Presentation: Coleco, from the Trenches

An informal talk about the game development of ColecoVision and ADAM games and the people who made them happen from the former director of Game Design at Coleco.

Vince Briel

For 14 years Vince ran Briel Computers, a company that designed and sold retro computer kits.

Classroom Session: PockeTerm II Workshop

Workshop to build the PockeTerm II a VT100 compatible terminal. Purchase of kit required, $50.

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Bo Zimmerman

Bo Zimmerman is a Texas-based software developer, and both a user and collector of Commodore products. He has managed the web and Commodore files site "" since 1997, and runs the Central Texas Commodore Users Group out of Round Rock. He is the author of the Zelch BBS software, numerous GEOS applications and utilities, and the Zimodem wifi modem firmware.

Presentation: Beyond the BBS: WiFi for Old Computers

A review of the state of wifi serial modem technology for BBS-ing, and an exploration of what else is now possible.

Boisy Pitre

Boisy Gene Pitre is a computer scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, author, speaker, professional software developer, musician, computer historian, and retro-computing hobbyist. He has worked in the software industry since 1992, focusing on embedded, real-time and mobile computing.


His retro-computing interests lie primarily in the home computers of the 1980's, notably the Tandy Color Computer (aka CoCo). Along with Bill Loguidice, Boisy co-authored the book ''CoCo: The Colorful History of Tandy's Underdog Computer'' (2013), published by Taylor & Francis.

Presentation: The Colorful History of the CoCo

The history of the Tandy Color Computer which was made by Tandy Corporation and sold through Radio Shack stores.

Thomas Cherryhomes

Presentation: FujiNet: Future Directions

The latest developments and roadmap of FujiNet and how the project has evolved over time.


Kevin Phillipson

Kevin Phillipson is an ASIC design engineer with 15 years of industry experience. He graduated from University of Florida with a BSEE in 2008 and a MSEE in 2022. The Turbo9 was the basis of his masters thesis.

Presentation: Turbo9: Pipelined 6809 Microprocessor IP

The Turbo9 is a compact high performance microprocessor IP that executes the Motorola 6809 instruction set. It is a modern implementation using a pipelined micro-architecture to give performance matching or exceeding modern RISC microprocessors while being smaller and more compact.

Raymond Jett

Raymond started in the hobby back in 7th grade. Being the prototypical teen nerd, he spent too many hours at his local Radio Shack stores answering questions about parts while hanging out and shopping. For the past 17 years, he has run where he fixes arcade game and vintage computer logic boards, sells components online, and offers repair advice for folks doing their own work.

Tech Seminar: Digital Logic Basics - Saturday 9AM

Digital logic chips are the basic building blocks of your vintage computer. In this session we'll look at the simple AND, OR, NAND, NOR, NOT, Buffers, and Exclusive-OR gates then jump into flip flops, decoders, and more.

Tech Seminar: Computer Circuit Basics - Saturday 1PM

In this session we'll explore the circuits that make up the foundation of your vintage computers: Clock, reset, address decoding, RAM/ROM access, dynamic RAM access, and more.

Presentation: Computer Reset - Preserving a Lifetime - Sunday 11AM

You may have heard about Computer Reset, a massive office and warehouse packed with computer gear going back to the '70s. In this session we'll talk about the history behind it and the liquidation effort to get everything into the hands of collectors.

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