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My colleague Jack Rubin gave me the following information in May and June of 2007 and an update in Sept-Oct 2008. He plans to complete a WMC system, and a history of the two companies, in the near future. - Herb JOhnson
Jack said: "WAMECO only sold bare boards, though others (mostly MIKOS) supplied them in kitted form. [I chose to study WAMECO because] it's a archetypical S100 company - 3 guys working for a defense contractor got together over the Intel databook and said, 'We can do that' and they did. They were all Homebrew Computer Club members and truly felt they were giving something back to the hobby. Plus the boards were pretty cool in "passionate pink" (their words)!"
"I've interviewed Norm WAlters, Dean MEyer and Grant COnnell about the company [WAMECO] they formed in 1977. A (surplus) dealer named Chuck Naegeli bought them out after a couple of years. Chuck ran MIKOS and provided parts kits with the boards. He did the same thing with SSM) [or Solid State Music]. You'll find his signature on the instruction sheets for several of the later boards. The last memory product was the MEM4, a 64K board that Grant (?) did for Chuck."
Jack was looking for Naegeli, and eventually found him in 2008: "I managed to locate Chuck last Fall when I was in San Jose for [Vintage Computer Festival in Nov 2007]. I spent half a day ringing door bells at the addresses I had before I got lucky, found his daughter and then finally hooked up with him for a couple hour interview. I've been in touch with him several times since and he's been quite helpful."
Jack later said: "Chuck Naegeli started in the business with John Burgoon and eventually married John's business manager. John was a very early surplus supplier and built an 1101 memory board for the [Jon Titus] Mark 8. His real interest was electronic music and that Mark 8 board was the signature blue that came to characterize his [later] Solid State Music boards. Meanwhile, John's son went on to found California Computer Systems [or] CCS and one of his engineers finally got to the point of producing a serious music board which then morphed into the EMU synthesizer systems. John's surplus business still exists as Anchor Electronics, run by his second wife."
- end quotes from Jack Rubin
>More on John Burgoon of SSM, and his son Dan Burgoon of CCS, can be found on my 2010 notes from CCS co-founder John Mason.
Mikos 10/82 price list, 2 pgs Mikos 4/81 catalog & price guide, also WMC SSM and CCS boards listed. 6 pgs Mikos CPU-2 CPU board, 12 pgs 1/2 size WMC price list, catalog, dealer addresses, 1979. 4 pgs Wameco CPU-1 8080 processor card, 24 pgs Wameco EMP-1 4K 1702 EPROM, read only, 1978. 14 pgs Wameco EPM-2 16K/32K EPROM, 2708/2716, 24 pgs Wameco FDC-1 floppy controller WD1771 chip, no data seperator. Source listings. 46 pgs + 14 pg update. BIOS and BOOT listings. Wameco FPB-1 Front Panel card, 32 pages Wameco IOB-1 serial, parallel card; 8251 & 8255. 1980, errata pages, 26 pgs Wameco MEM-1A 8K memory, 2102 chips. 1977, 24 pgs Wameco MEM-2 16K card, 2114's, 36 pgs Wameco MEM-3 32K card, 2114L's, 1981. 24 pgs. 24 bit address, 2 cards for 16 bit data. Wameco PTB-1 regulated power supply & terminator. 1979, 24 pgs Wameco QMB-9 "the little mother" motherboard, 9-slot, terminator. 1977, 14 pgs Wameco RTC-1 clock/calendar card, 1978, 14 pgs
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