Computer Chronicles (KCSM-TV)

27 01 2010

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Computer Games (1984/Ep 1)

The Computer Chronicles was a US television series, broadcast during 1981-2002, which documented the rise of the personal computer from its infancy to the immense market at the turn of the century. The series was created in the Fall of 1981, by Stewart Cheifet (later co-host), then the station manager of the College of San Mateo’s KCSM-TV, initially broadcast as a local weekly series. Jim Warren was its founding host for its 1981-1982 season. It aired continuously from 1981 to 2002 with Cheifet co-hosting most of its later seasons. Gary Kildall served as co-host for six years (1983 to 1990) providing insights and commentary on products as well as discussions on the future of the ever-expanding personal computer sphere.

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1984 series

1985 series

1986 series

KCSM-TV currently faces the prospect of being sold.

Community college leaders want to avoid putting KCSM-TV on the market, but a fundraising effort has fallen way short of its goal.

The campaign had sought $1 million in community donations by Jan. 1 to help save the longtime Bay Area public-broadcasting fixture from possibly being sold.

However, it has yielded only $30,000 so far, according to KCSM General Manager Marilyn Lawrence.

For more information about the television fundraiser, go to http://kcsm.org/interact/savetv

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