Crack That Floppy

Posted Mon, Aug. 5th 2019 in News

Steve Weyhrich has released another Apple II music video. His latest creation includes footage from KansasFest 2019.

Rockhurst: The Apple II Parody

Posted Mon, Jul. 31st 2017 in News

What’s the Garage Giveaway at KansasFest all about?  Steven Weyhrich tells us with this awesome parody:

Week of the KFest

Posted Wed, Aug. 3rd 2016 in News

The talented Dr. Weyhrich brings us another music video.  How many computers, new or old, inspire songs?

The KFest Funk

Posted Mon, Apr. 4th 2016 in News

What is KansasFest all about?  Watch the KFest Funk from Steven Weyhrich, and don’t miss discounted early-bird registration ending May 31.

Apple II History redesign unveiling

Posted Tue, Aug. 7th 2012 in Echoes of KFest (video)

Steve Weyhrich, curator of the Apple II History Web site, unveiled at KansasFest 2010 the redesign of his site to use WordPress. Presented remotely, this presentation was captured via a combination of screencast and external microphone. Find the history site at http://apple2history.org

Recorded on 7/24/2010 by Ken Gagne and made available under a ,Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) Creative Commons license.

A Tour of An Apple II Built In Minecraft

Posted Mon, Apr. 23rd 2012 in Echoes of KFest (video)

A tour of a scale model of an Apple II Plus, built in the game Minecraft, by Steve Weyhrich. Find the videos used in this presentation on YouTube.

Recorded July 21, 2011, by Ken Gagne and made available under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) Creative Commons license.

Loyal to the Core: Steve Weyhrich

Posted Mon, Feb. 13th 2012 in News

[Over the course of a few weeks, this blog is presenting written profiles and vignettes from KansasFest 2010, written from that year’s perspective. These excerpts compose a larger feature story written for a general audience looking to be introduced to the Apple II and KansasFest, while also offering community members and alumni a memorable retrospective of the event. Enjoy!]

One KansasFest alumni who couldn’t be present at the 2010 event is Steve Weyhrich, a physician whose visage adorns roadside billboards throughout Omaha, advertising the local hospital. Like Melissa Barron and unlike Mark Simonsen, "Dr. Steve" has made the Apple II a complement to, not the focus of, his career. Thirty years ago, he found himself a student at a medical school that used an IV labeling utility for the Apple II that was no longer being supported by the program’s developer. Weyhrich taught himself enough programming to rewrite the software to accommodate the school’s evolving needs. He earned enough from that side job to buy his own Apple II.

Steve Weyhrich at KansasFest 2008Since then, it has been his mission to document the history of the Apple II. His Web site, Apple2History.org, is an exhaustive chronology of the software, hardware, publications, people, and stories to which the Apple II has given rise. Even nearly twenty years after the last Apple II rolled off the production line, Weyhrich finds more preservation work to be done, whether it’s scanning out-of-print magazines, restoring lost text files, or interviewing former Apple II luminaries. "I keep wanting to search out the pieces that I didn’t already know, and fit them in," said Weyhrich. "[It’s] like completing a jigsaw puzzle, to get the full pictures."

Though Weyhrich can’t attend KansasFest 2010 in person, he had a video chat with attendees Saturday afternoon during a session reserved for product announcements. He came on camera wearing a Bill Gates mask, parodying the 1997 Macworld expo in which the Microsoft founder appeared via satellite to announce a $150 million investment in Apple Computer Inc. "We’re committed to writing Microsoft Office for the Apple II," Weyhrich joked. "All we ask in exchange is that you get a million of your friends to buy a Zune and promise to buy Windows Phone 7 when it comes out."

After the laughter subsided, Weyhrich made his real announcement: the unveiling of a remodeled Apple II History site. The site, whose content has evolved considerably from its roots as a 1991 series of newsletter articles, had nonetheless sported the same aesthetics and functionality since 2001. Weyhrich revealed to the audience a project that for months, he’d been importing the site’s many articles, interviews, and assets into WordPress, a modern Web site content management system that offers improved reading, sharing, navigation and multimedia features. The Apple II History site is now a more comprehensive and accessible resource than ever before.

Never satisfied with a static Web site — the equivalent of a musty history book — Weyhrich’s attitude toward the Apple II is similar to his desire to stretch his capabilities, learning whatever tools are needed for the job, whether as a med school student or an amateur historian. "There’s always something new to learn," said Weyhrich. "Like Mark Simonsen’s story in his keynote. It just feels like there is more to the story to preserve, to give credit to those outside of Apple who worked to make the Apple II the great machine it was."

Updates from KansasFest 2011

Posted Thu, Jul. 21st 2011 in News

KansasFest has been in full swing for more than 48 hours, and attendees are already exhausted from the bounty of sessions, hardware, knowledge, and camaraderie. A few have even taken the time to share their experiences with the online community, so if you couldn’t make it here yourself, you can catch a glimpse of the action as it’s happening.

Kirk Mitchell has continued his tradition of daily reports to the Usenet newsgroup comp.sys.apple2. Rather than duplicate his efforts, the staff of A2Central.com are firing out morsels of news in a timely fashion, including several YouTube videos. Steve Weyhrich has used information gleaned from yesterday’s keynote speech to update his page on Bob Bishop. And Ken Gagne wrote a brief post on why it’s great to be a part of the Apple II community.

Bob Bishop

Bob Bishop with one of his original cassette tape products.


Finally, there’s always Twitter, with its 140-character limit on current events. This Web site has a live Twitter feed that compiles the tweets of almost every KansasFest 2011 attendee, as well as any tweet using the #A2KFest hashtag.

More reports will be posted as members of the community find time, so stay tuned!