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    Yesterday, I discovered that Stan had died on July 29th. He lived a wonderful life, to the age of 90. His funeral was last Saturday, August 21st. I contacted Stan through CompuServe in late 1992, to tell him about an idea I had for a computer history club, and he was enthusiastic. In fact, he became my first "member," and the first subscriber to my newsletter. I had hopes of creating a non-profit organization, with the intention of also creating a museum, etc. Jobs, moving, three kids later, etc., and my life has always gotten in the way.

    Anyway, it's ironic that I am just now starting down the path to create such a group here in the Atlanta area. I am going to dedicate it to Stan's memory, as he was a very real supporter. I even stayed at their (Stan and his wife Dede's) house one time! He gave me a number of old computers and mementos.

    I am going to try much harder to complete the audio version of Stan's book, which he so graciously gave me permission to do. It's a great book, one of my favorites, and more people should know about it.

    Here's a link to his obituary, and there is a place where you can leave a message, if you so choose -


    David Greelish, Computer Historian

    Classic Computing
    The Home of Computer History Nostalgia

    Classic Computing Show video podcast

    Stan Veit's History of the Personal Computer audio book podcast

    Classic Computing Expo
    (planning / working towards . . . well, soon!)
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Stan Veit's Death started by classiccomputing View original post
    Comments 8 Comments
    1. Chuck(G)'s Avatar
      Chuck(G) -
      Passing at 90 surrounded by friends and family with a lifetime of achievements is a pretty good way to depart, don't you think?
    1. mark66j's Avatar
      mark66j -
      Of all the histories I've read of the early days of personal computers, I find Stan Veit's articles to be among the best reading. A real no-nonsense guy in a world with way too many overblown egos.
    1. k2x4b524['s Avatar
      k2x4b524[ -
      I have not read any of Stan's articlesm but read this. It is better to leave the world a better place than when you came into it. And it seems he did just that.
    1. Rick Ethridge's Avatar
      Rick Ethridge -
      One of my heroes. A man of distinction and honor. A brilliant writer. I'll miss him.
    1. classiccomputing's Avatar
      classiccomputing -
      I have completed my blog article "Remembering Stan Veit" if anyone would like to learn more about him -

      Also, the family has setup a memorial site for one year, and welcomes anyone to post a memory, if you knew him, or if you were simply influenced by his work / store, etc. -

      Thanks, David,
    1. NathanPralle's Avatar
      NathanPralle -
      That's a true shame; his was the first account of computer history that was really about the computers and the forces surrounding them that didn't bias in any particular direction, just telling it straight. I still re-read that tome over and over because it highlights all the good reasons why I find these devices so fascinating and engaging. Well done, Stan, and godspeed.
    1. Fernandouy's Avatar
      Fernandouy -
      I think: the action to share the interest in computers, information or other makes you closer to the other person without difference of age, sex, nationalities. Makes you look a temporal existence itself by the nature of design in our live. But it makes you part of an interaction, which generates feelings and respect for others, and that enriches our temporal life.and all generated from a spark of an idea for a site that shares an interest in the vintage computer.
    1. TeamRocketReviews's Avatar
      TeamRocketReviews -
      Too bad. I just started listening to David Greelish's audiobook version of History Of The Personal Computer. Fascinating book.
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