ABOUT CHRIS GARCIA

Chris Garcia joined the Computer History Museum in 1999. As Curator, Chris provides information on artifacts, develops content for exhibits, assists in donation review, gives talks, tours and writes articles for CORE--the official publication of the Museum. He specializes in the history video games, personal computing, computer music and art, and computers and technology in literature. In his spare time, Chris is a fan of science fiction and edits a number of fanzines, including The Drink Tank (Hugo Award winner, 2011)

CHRIS GARCIA ARTICLES (27)

Bringing A New Voice to Genius—MITalk, the CallText 5010, and Stephen Hawking’s Wheelchair

Bringing A New Voice to Genius—MITalk, the CallText 5010, and Stephen Hawking’s Wheelchair

  March 26, 2018
On March 13, 2018, the world lost one of the greatest theoretical physicists who ever lived. Stephen Hawking had a profound effect on our understanding of how the universe works and the rare talent to bring...   Read More
In the Holiday Spirit: Festive Music by Computer!

In the Holiday Spirit: Festive Music by Computer!

  December 21, 2017
The Computer History Museum has hours of computer music in the collection, many of the songs from the pre-1970 period when electronic music began to make serious inroads towards the mainstream. ...   Read More
Early Frontiers for Computer Creativity: TX-0 Writes a Western

Early Frontiers for Computer Creativity: TX-0 Writes a Western

  August 23, 2017
In my other life, I watch a lot of short films, both to coordinate film festivals and for my personal blogs. I’ve probably seen fifteen thousand short films over the last decade, and the level of...   Read More
Rediscovering “Mockingbird—A Composer’s Amanuensis”

Rediscovering “Mockingbird—A Composer’s Amanuensis”

  July 27, 2017
One day, while I was going through the videos in our archive at the Computer History Museum (CHM), I came across an interesting title: Mockingbird—A Composer’s Amanuensis. I had no idea what “amanuensis” meant (I found out...   Read More
Computers & The Oscars—Best Animated Short Film

Computers & The Oscars—Best Animated Short Film

  January 23, 2017
The introduction of the computer to film production began during the 1960s with work done at universities like Yale, MIT, and the University of Utah, as well as research groups such as Bell Labs. At many...   Read More
Computing Luminaries Honored with Presidential Medal of Freedom

Computing Luminaries Honored with Presidential Medal of Freedom

  November 18, 2016
Established in 1963, the Presidential Medal of Freedom is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed by the President of the United States. Created by President John F. Kennedy, it recognizes “An especially meritorious...   Read More
A Walk through the 2016 Vintage Computer Festival

A Walk through the 2016 Vintage Computer Festival

  September 27, 2016
The 2016 Vintage Computer Festival (VCF), an amazing grass-roots showcase of historical computers, was held at the Computer History Museum (CHM) on the weekend of August 6 and 7. VCF has a rich history that makes for...   Read More
Harold Cohen and AARON—A 40-Year Collaboration

Harold Cohen and AARON—A 40-Year Collaboration

  August 23, 2016
Harold Cohen was a pioneer in computer art, in algorithmic art, and in generative art; but as he told me one afternoon in 2010, he was first and foremost  a painter. He was also an engineer whose...   Read More
In His Own Words: John Blankenbaker

In His Own Words: John Blankenbaker

  April 05, 2016
One of the great privileges of being a curator at the Computer History Museum is access to the files. Not just the extensive holdings of manuals, documentation, and ephemera, but also the acquisition files. In the...   Read More
Robots Are a Few of My Favorite Things by Chris Garcia

Robots Are a Few of My Favorite Things by Chris Garcia

  June 17, 2015
Imagination quickly led to innovation. Technological and industrial advances following the Second World War, such as miniaturization, sensing, and energy storage, produced some of the earliest modern robots. Notably, George Devol patented a process for controlling...   Read More