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Apple museum pops up in Roswell

April exhibit features antique computers

The creators of the Apple Pop Up Museum are, from left, Agneta Mimms, Jannelle Mimms, Lonnie Mimms and curator Thereze Almstrom. JONATHAN COPSEY/Staff. (click for larger version)

JONATHAN COPSEY/Staff. (click for larger version)
March 18, 2013
ROSWELL, Ga. Apple, Inc. is something of a success story. Chances are, most readers have at least one Apple product in their homes. Be it music players, computers or phones, Apple has had a range of products over the years.

Now, many of Apple's past electronics will be on display in Roswell April 20 and 21 as part of the Apple Pop Up Museum.

The 6,000-square-foot exhibit tells the Apple story, from its earliest beginnings in a California garage, to becoming the global phenomenon it is today. It features a wide range of Apple technology, from the company's very first product, the Apple I personal computer, to its most recent consumer electronics. The exhibit features other rare Apple milestones, including an original Apple II and a Lisa, the first commercial computer with a graphical user interface (GUI). The exhibit will present a Xerox Alto, the first computer with a mouse-driven GUI.

The museum is the brainchild of Lonnie Mimms, who has collected the pieces for years.

"It's been one of my hobbies," said Mimms, who got his first computer in 1979.

"Twelve years ago, I started actively buying other old computers. I realized all this stuff is being thrown into landfills and because it's such a recent thing, nobody cared."

For most items, an "antique" is something more than 50 years old, sometimes over 100 years old. However, for a computer, anything over two years is obsolete and anything over 20 is an antique.

"For our time, our generation, it's like the Industrial Revolution," Mimms said.

The Apple Pop Up Museum is part of the larger Vintage Computer Festival Southeast, which features speakers and presentations revolving around everything computer, including a showroom of collectors pieces.

"We want to inspire the next generation to get into technology," Mimms said.

The Apple Pop Up Museum and the Vintage Computer Festival are April 20 and 21 in the Old Comp USA building in the King's Market Shopping Center, 1425 Market Boulevard, Suite 200, Roswell.

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