December 10, 2012

It's been how long?

Can you believe it's been 20 years since LAPUG was created?  The group was originally created in 1992 as a Special Interest Group (SIG) of the old Los Angeles Macintosh User Group (LAMG) -- one of the largest user groups in the world with a membership of over 5,000 at its peak. Monthly meetings back in the early 1990s peaked at over 600-700 attendees per meeting!!  For those of you who were with us back then (and there are quite a few!), remember our meetings at the DWP auditorium in downtown LA? What about the meetings at the school in Santa Monica before that?! Of course, that was before the Internet got really popular and Mac users got their info directly on their computer. The LAMG and all the large user groups died out but the LAPUG group has only grown since then (we have a membership of over 300) and we've had a lot of fun.

In the mid-90's, the LAPUG became a fully recognized user group with Apple and we've focused on lots of portable technologies -- starting with the original PowerBooks (I've still got a PB 170 lying around), the Newton (got a few of those too), Palm and other related handhelds,Treos, MacBooks, iPods, iPhones and, of course, iPads. Who knows what's to come.

We're going to celebrate our 20 years with a special pot luck party for our December 10th (at 7:00 pm) meeting. Free free to bring a little something (some drinks, appetizers, cheese & crackers, fruit, snacks, desserts) and let's have some fun.  If you're planning on bringing something, please email me directly,, and let me know what you'd like to bring so we can balance it all out.

Of course, we'll have some tech talk too!  We'll talk about the new iMacs that were just went on sale last week as well as the new iTunes. The new iPad Mini with LTE is now shipping (we've got one of those, too) and we'll talk about a few really cool apps and utilities that have been introduced to make up for some missing features in Mountain Lion. And, of course, we'll spend some time with Q&A.  

Our meeting this month will be at the same location as last month. We thank Jan Chesne for allowing us to use the rec room at her townhome.

Address: 2700 Pearl St. in Santa Monica (Pearl & 27th). 

Directions: 27th St. going south from Pico ends in the entrance to the complex (In front it says Village Park Townhomes).  Go in the entrance, turn right, go over 2 speed bumps (street curves to the left) and park in the parking spaces or anywhere along the road where it doesn't say "No parking."  The rec room is across the road from the parking spaces and slightly south.  The rec room is off Unit 60 (please don't bother any of the residents).