KansasFest is a week-long gathering of Apple II users. For that week to be the best retrocomputing convention possible, a few of the attendees volunteer their time year-round to ensure everything goes smoothly. If you’ve ever wondered who those individuals are, wonder no more:
Andy Molloy helps out with social media and all the odd jobs that no one else wants.
Chris Torrence coordinates the schedule along with Paul Hagstrom. When you submit to present a session, Chris and Paul help figure out when you’ll take the stage. Chris has an active YouTube channel where he reviews and repairs Apple II equipment.
James Littlejohn is the District Optimization of Legacy Factors Response Officer (2nd class). He enthusiastically transitions hyper-scale partnerships and dynamically cultivates user friendly collaboration for idea-sharing.
Kate Szkotnicki has a permanent, incurable case of Con Staph. She is happy to help out with KansasFest in any way she can, probably by making Things. When she’s not tinkering with old Apples, she’s probably playing Destiny. Or Magic the Gathering. Or Both.
Kirk Mitchell manages each year’s Kookout luncheon. Dodges responsibility until cornered.
Martin Haye tries, with varying success, to greet and geek out with every attendee at every KFest. He also loves to run out for missing last-minute stuff.
Paul Hagstrom considers himself “serious” about archiving vintage computing software and hardware. He’s a regular contributor to multiple retro-computing podcasts and provides a valuable perspective on the committee, in addition to specific duties with scheduling talks and helping maintain our online social media presence.
Peter Neubauer handles publicity, including website management, writing press releases, designing logos, and creating flyers.
Sean Fahey is the Committee’s site contact for Rockhurst University and scout for the Greater Kansas City area. He helps insure that KansasFest attendees get logistical information and support on local attractions and resources.
Steve Weyhrich is the Apple II community’s resident historian, providing a valuable long-term perspective as well as community outreach.
There are countless others who have contributed to the event over the past two decades, from coordinators Cindy Adams, Steve Gozdziewski, Ken Gagne, Howard Katz, and Jerry Cline to sponsors Resource Central and Tim Kellers. Carl Knoblock has run the “Peikop Endropov” airport taxi service. Devin Reade provided e-mail list support for years. We also owe the late Tony Diaz for many years of service to KansasFest. To list everyone here would be impossible. But the most important contribution anyone can make to KansasFest is to show up — without attendees, there is no event for the committee to coordinate.