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 (22)

A Curator’s Wish: The SynthAxe

A Curator’s Wish: The SynthAxe

  October 24, 2013
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

  September 24, 2013
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

  August 15, 2013
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

  June 25, 2013
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

  May 29, 2013
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.

  May 01, 2013
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
The Middleton Family at the New York World’s Fair, 1939

The Middleton Family at the New York World’s Fair, 1939

  March 13, 2013
Every year since 1989, the Library of Congress has added twenty-five films to the National Film Registry. These are chosen from “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant films” that are at least ten years old. These films...   Read More
Alvy & Ed

Alvy & Ed

  February 27, 2013
I can name the singular moment that began my interest in computer graphics. It was a video we watched on a field trip to the Lawrence Hall of Science. The video was the most amazing thing...   Read More
Gulliver’s Engine

Gulliver’s Engine

  November 28, 2012
Sometimes, we can look back at fictional items from the days before the computer and see threads to machines that would exist decades, or even centuries later. When the museum opened Revolution: The First 2000 Years...   Read More
The Haunted House

The Haunted House

  October 31, 2012
Every city has one; a house that scares all the local kids. Sometimes, these houses have long, dark histories that seem to have been created to by horror authors in the distant, misty past. Other times,...   Read More