H.O.T.Y – Hobbyist of the Year

Year Name Honor
2007 Claude Kagen

Claude was honored for his efforts in the early years of hobbyist computing. In 1965 he founded the R.E.S.I.S.T.O.R.S. (Radically Emphatic Students Interested in Science, Technology, and Other Research Subjects).

2006 Alex Goldfinger

Alex has been a charter member of the group. In the past he has served as editor of the newsletter and always was ready to contribute and help with booth monitoring at the Computer shows. He sreved on the BOD for many years. I’m sure other membes can contribute other attributes and contributions the Alex has made to the Group.

2005 Cass and Ruth Lewart

Dual award to Ruth and Cass Lewart. Both have been very active computer hobbyists for nearly 30 years. They were officers in the Bookdale User Group ( for many years and are also long-time members of ACGNJ. In addition to speaking at TCF for many years, Cass has been a speaker at meetings of ACGNJ, PPCUG, and other computer clubs. He is the author of several books about PC technologies and has contributed papers to the Trenton Computer Festival Annual Proceedings Book.

2004 Lennie Libes

Lennie has been involved in the creation and running of both The Amateur Computer Group of New Jersey and the Trenton Computer Festival for 30 years. She has taken on the thankless background tasks that nobody wants to do because they needed doing, and has kept things moving smoothly with her expert handling and care.

2003 Frank Warren

Frank has been an outstanding member of the ACGNJ for many years and a font of wisdom from a technical point of view, member of the TCF Steering Committee, Frank also stepped forward from Veep to Pres. when Neil Sanford passed away then two successive elected terms as President. Frank has given many presentations on banking, money, gold, and secure financial transactions, security with respect to Thawt, a secure ID certificate provider, and several on networking and wireless. And has kept the club’s Geneology SIG alive for several years.

2002 Arnold Milstein

Arnold has handled public relations for ACGNJ, making sure that the group is promoted at local computer shows. He also takes care of the club equipment. At special occasions, such as Microsoft events, he has often been first to volunteer to help, the first to arrive and the last to leave. When asked to do a job for the group he rarely declines.

2001 Peter Fillingham

Peter was the leader of the LUNICS (a loose acronym representing the various forms of Unix-like systems) Special Interest Group of ACGNJ for many years, and has been an outspoken proponent of open-source programming Linux, and its Unix-like cousins.

2000 Jerry Entin

Jerry Entin, leader of the Concordia Group and member of the Trenton Computer Festival Steering Committee, Jerry was cited for his contributions to ACGNJ and the Trenton Computer Festival.

1999 John Raff

John has been a supporting member of the club for many years, working in the background on Facilities, Webmaster, Vice President, Board of Director, PC-Symposium chair and active in TCF.

1997 Scott Vincent

Scott started his group efforts in the Heath Group and when that disbanded and mixed with ACGNJ continued his help with Borad of Directors, President and Presiden of TCF.

1997 John Hampton

Posthumous award to his widow in recognition of his work for TCF.

1996 Charlie Arnold

For his long-term service to ACGNJ.

1995 Alan Bloom

Honored for his contributions on behalf of the hearing-impaired.

1994 Bill Snell

Honored for his long time contributions to personal computing, including running a BBS, working as TCF Festival Director, and for other accomplishments over a period of 18 years.

1993 Bruce Arnold

Honored for his work outside the computer group teaching others how to program, and for writing software to help people use personal computers to do things they would otherwise have been unable to do.

1992 Dave Raibert

SIG/M treasurer.

1991 Al Katz

Honored for his work in creating and perpetuating the Trenton Computer Festival.

1990 Bob Todd

SIG/M distribution coordinator.

1989 Fred Gohlke

Honored for revitalizing the ACGNJ newsletter.

1988 Hank Kee

SIG/M librarian.

1987 Steve Leon

SIG/M editor.

1986 Sol Libes

For his championing of public domain software in his magazines, despite losing advertising from software manufacturers who saw public domain software as a threat. The tradition of honoring distributors of public domain software was continued with the awards for 1987, 1988, 1990 and 1992.

1985 Harold McIntosh

Of University of Mexico City. With students, wrote the Regular Expression Compiler, an equivalent of Unix shell script processing, particularly in the parsing of Unix regular expressions for CP/M. (Bob Todd notes that the award really should have gone to the students, who did most of the work.)

1984 Rich Conn

SIG/M, awarded for the same reason. He created major portions of the first ZCPR and all of ZCPR2 and ZCPR3, putting all of the code into the public domain.

1983 Ward Christensen

The first HOTY, creator of MODEM7, which was the first generally successful PC modem program and enabled users to download files from his bulletin board system, which was the first BBS. His award was for making this software available to everyone.

The annual award recognizes meaningful volunteer service to the community and/or the organization through computer-related activities. Although nominees for the award may be professionals in the computer field, the focus of the award is on non-commercial activities.

HOTY was conceived in 1983 by the SIG/M SIG at ACGNJ and many of the early awards were given to those involved in distributing or writing public domain software. In 1986, when interest in SIG/M had declined to nearly nothing, the ACGNJ Board took over the responsibility of selecting the HOTY.

Thanks to Bob Todd’s history of the award.

Past Keynote Speakers

2010 – Richard Stallman, the Free Software Foundation, “Free Software, Free Society” (Keynote)
2010 – Richard Stallman, the Free Software Foundation, “Free Software – The Inside Story” (Banquet)
2009 – Dr. Alain Kornhauser, Princeton University, “DARPA Challenge – Cars that Can Drive Themselves. The Robotic Car of the Future.” (Keynote)
2009 – Dr. Alain Kornhauser, Princeton University, “Computers in Transportation: From Navigation to Automation.” (Banquet)
2008 – David Perry, on Identity Theft (Keynote); Also gave Banquet Talk

2007 – Constantine Kaniklidis, Vista Exposed (Keynote)
2007 – Sol Libes, TCF Co-founder, on The Origin of the (Computer Hobbyist) Species; (Banquet Talk)
2006 – Gregory Olsen, Entrepreneur and the 3rd private citizen in space.
2005 – Brian Kernighan, co-author of first book on the C programming language
2004 – Dr. Rebecca Mercuri, Electronic Voting
2003 – Bruce and Marge Brown, PC Magazine contributing editors
2002 – Ari Kaplan, CEO of Expand Beyond Corporation
2001 – Emmanuel Goldstein, Publisher of 2600 Magazine, The Hacker Quarterly
2000 – Jeff Waldhuter, Director of Bell Atlantic (Verizon) Network Services Strategy
1999 – Mike Elgan, Editor, Windows Magazine
1999 – Eric Raymond (Banquet Speaker) Open-source-software evangelist
1998 – Stacy Horn, Founder of Echo, an online community
1997 – Dennis Hayes, CEO and Founder, Hayes Microcomputer Products, Inc.
1997 – Phil Zimmermann, Creator of Pretty Good Privacy
1997 – Bjarne Stroustrup, AT&T Researcher and Designer of the C++ Language
1996 – Robin Raskin, Editor-in-Chief of Family-PC Magazine
1995 – Bill Machrone, Technology VP for Ziff-Davis Publishing
1994 – Steven Levy, Editor of Wired and MacWorld Magazines
1993 – Gordon E. Eubanks, CEO Symantec Corporation
1992 – Paul Grayson, Micrographix and National Chair for Missing Children Alert
1991 – Alfred Poor, PC Magazine ???
1990 – David House, Senior VP, Intel Corp.
1989 – Bill Gates, CEO and co-Founder of Microsoft Corp.
1988 – Chris Rukowski from Rising Star??? Not sure of year
1987 – Claudia Choi, Editor-In-Chief of Family Computing Magazine (only banquet)
1986 – Philip Lemmons, Editor of BYTE Magazine
1985 – Seymour I. Rubinstein, Originator of Wordstar
1984 – Steve Ciarcia, Ciarcia’s Circuit Cellar columnist, Byte Magazine
1983 – Dr. Ken Iverson, IBM, Creator of APL
1982 – Dr. Gary Kildall, President of Digital Research Inc., Creator of the CP/M Disk Operating System
1981 – Dr. Adam Osborne, Author – “Microcomputer Tunnel Vision or Why I Designed and Built a New Microcomputer”
1980 – Carl Helmers, Executive Editor of BYTE Magazine
1979 – Wayne Green, Publisher of Kilobaud Microcomputing and 73 Magazines – Remarkable Opportunities for the Hobbyist
1978 – David Ahl, Publisher of Creative Computing Magazine – “The State of the Art in Computer Games”
1977 – Mr. and Mrs. John W. Mauchly, Co-Inventor of the first large-scale general-purpose electronic digital computer – “The Circumstances Surrounding the Invention of the First Digital Computer”

Flea Market

Flea Market Information
NJ Convention Center
Raritan Center
Edison, New Jersey

at NJ Turnpike Exit 10

Outdoor Flea Market Information

The Trenton Computer Festival (TCF), in its 28th year, is a selling and educational show. Educational and training programs run constantly, informing the attendees of the latest in computer technology. Exhibitors are advised to bring large quantities of computer-related merchandise to sell during the show period. Attendees show interest in buying complete computer systems, disks, printers, supplies, parts, books, software, modems, etc – just about everything related to personal computer systems. Surplus and closeout products will sell well!
Trenton Computer Festival, Inc., owner of the Trenton Computer Festival, is a 501-C-3 not for profit organization. The following clubs and organizations share in the proceeds of the Festival: Amateur Computer Group of New Jersey, The College of New Jersey, the Central Jersey Computer Club, the New York Amateur Computer Club, the Computer Education Society of Philadelphia and the ACM/IEEE Princeton Central Jersey Section.
TCF is now professionally managed by KGP Productions, Inc., manager of over 25 computer shows per year for the past 23 years. TCF at the NJ Convention Center, will be bigger and better than ever before, allowing more space for vendors, attendees, an outdoor fleamarket with over 500 spaces, over 100 speaker sessions, amateur radio testing, games contest and other special activities, all under one roof.
We will mail approximately 100,000 show flyers and will be advertising in magazines, newspapers, and on radio and TV. Attendance is projected to be in the 10,000 range.
Setup Hours Flea Market – Friday May 2 from 8 PM to Saturday May 3 – 8 AM (All night!), Setup Sunday 7 AM
Showhours:(in) Saturday May3-10AMto5PM and Sunday May4-10AM to 4PM
Outdoor Flea Market (rain or shine)
FLEA MARKET OPENS 9 AM Saturday & Sunday
The outdoor Flea Market features approximately 500 vendor parking spaces. Parking spots cost $50.00 each and include one exhibitor badge. There is NO quantity discount for multiple spots. No table or power is provided. Tent/canopy rental is available from Miller Party Rentals, Edison, NJ. For tent rental contact Steve Kohn at (732-985- 3050). Spots are the size of a standard parking lot space. Bring tables, chairs, umbrellas, etc. A confirmation of your reservation will be mailed to you. Your space assignment and vendor badges will be mailed about 10 days prior to the show.
Your spot assignment and admission passes will be mailed to you about ten days prior to the show. (Call if you do not get it)
To Make Flea Market Space Reservations Send a completed copy of the Exhibitor Space Reservation Form, along with a check for the total cost of the space you want reserved, to the address shown on the form. Include $15.00 for each additional exhibitor badge. Everyone at your spot must have a badge. Space will be assigned in order of receipt. Note: TCF reserves the right to limit the number of spaces purchased by any one company or individual. There will be a returned check charge of $25.00.

Spots (Parking space sized) are $50.00* Each (No quantity Discount)

Limited space – reserve early!! A few spots will be sold on Saturday morning, come inside and register at ticket counter.

Each spot includes one admission badge, extra flea market badges are $15.00 each.

Flea Market Setup: Friday Night 8:00 PM until Saturday Morning 8:00 AM

Flea Market Hours: Sat. 9 AM to 5 PM & Sun.  9 AM to 4 PM

Only computer and electronics may be sold, no food or adult rated material  is to be sold.

Click here for order form
(Adobe PDF Reader Required)

If you are not able to download and print this form, we can fax it or mail it to you by calling KGP Productions at (800) 631-0055

Important Note: A copy of your driver’s license must accompany each flea market vendor application. If buying a spot at the door on Saturday morning, bring a photo copy of your driver’s license or you will not be allowed to sell.

TCF Festival


Fleamarket: Sat. 9-5 & Sun. 9-4
Indoors: Sat. 10-5 & Sun. 10-4

26th TCF Festival
Mark your calendars!


Proceeds to go to the various non-profit clubs and scholarship funds at The College of NJ.
TCF-2001 is owned by Trenton Computer Festival, Inc., a 501-C-3 non-profit organization!
Now being held at:

New Jersey Convention Center
in the Raritan Center
Route 514 – NJ Tpke. Exit 10
Edison, New Jersey

Same show, new location, new managing company.
Featuring 10 acre outdoor fleamarket, hundreds of inside booths, and many seminars,
guest speakers, and other special activities.
—Over 140,000 sq. feet of indoor vendors and national exhibitors!
(All indoor exhibitors and speaker programs in one building!)
Speaker program (Sat. & Sun.) and Keynote Speaker Saturday afternoon!
1,000 Spot Outdoor Fleamarket
Computer Robotics Display & Demonstrations
National Vendors! Computer Clubs!
New: RESTAURANT in Flea market
Free parcel check area – drive up and pickup!
Free parking for over 5,000 cars!
Free shuttle bus on Sat. to Metuchen Train Station (NY & Phila)

Trenton Computer Festival, Inc. has a web site as well, get speaker and other info at:

TCF’2001 show info call KGP Productions at

(800) 631-0055

Mon-Thur 9 AM to 5 PM