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 (16 )

It’s About Time: The Computer on Your Wrist

It’s About Time: The Computer on Your Wrist

 2 weeks ago
Ubiquitous, wearable computers have been a dream since at least the 1930s. Chester Gould’s comic strip Dick Tracy introduced the 2-Way Radio Watch worn by members of The City police force. At first merely a combination...   Read More
Lost and Found: Andy Warhol’s Amiga Artworks

Lost and Found: Andy Warhol’s Amiga Artworks

 4 months ago
Scattered on floppy disks and hard drives around the world, there may be millions of works of art created on now-archaic computer systems. ...   Read More
Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?

Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?

 6 months ago
At Westwood Elementary, in room 17, there was an Apple II computer, and at recess, if you'd earned enough classroom points, you could play one of a dozen or so games. ...   Read More
The Future of Computer Games: 25 Years Later

The Future of Computer Games: 25 Years Later

 10 months ago
SpaceWar! the granddaddy of computer games, debuted in 1962.   Since then games have evolved, both in the technology they use and in the role they play in the lives of people of all generations. New...   Read More
A Curator’s Wish: The SynthAxe

A Curator’s Wish: The SynthAxe

 1 year ago
I’m often asked if there were one object in the entire world that the museum could acquire, what would it be? It’s a tough question, there are seminal machines that would be amazing to include in...   Read More
The Dawn of Computer Comics: Shatter

The Dawn of Computer Comics: Shatter

 1 year ago
Almost from the moment it was introduced, Apple’s Macintosh computer system was adopted by graphic artists. Perhaps it was the easy-to-use graphical user interface (GUI), or the programs, such as MacPaint and MacDraw, which allowed artists...   Read More
The Banana Junior 6000: Computers and Comedy

The Banana Junior 6000: Computers and Comedy

 1 year ago
The introduction of the Macintosh was probably the largest computer announcement in American business history. It wasn’t merely an event for the technology crowd, it was also a major cultural touchstone. Covered by every branch of...   Read More
Warhol & The Computer

Warhol & The Computer

 1 year ago
I don't tend to associate legendary Pop artist Andy Warhol with the computer. My first thoughts go to Campbell Soup cans, Marilyn Monroe, and his film works. While most of Warhol's creative output happened in the...   Read More
Buddhism and The Computer

Buddhism and The Computer

 1 year ago
By 1953, computers had started to penetrate the popular culture to such a degree that they were being used in many different areas than had ever been dreamed of previously, but still, many might have found...   Read More
Pixar’s Luxo Jr.

Pixar’s Luxo Jr.

 2 years ago
Perhaps the single most iconic character in the history of computer graphics isn't a representation of a living thing. It's a desk lamp. ...   Read More