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This Friday marks 26 years for MacGroup Detroit. I don’t know how many Mac user groups have lasted this long, but I know that ours is one of the oldest and certainly one of the best. We have been fortunate to have Terry White at the helm all these years, and we sincerely thank his wife, Carla and daughters Ayoola and Sala for sharing him with us. Sala was born on a meeting Sunday, and Terry shared hospital photos with us, using his Apple Quicktake camera and posting them on our old dial-up BBS system.

One person can’t do it all, and we have been fortunate to have many faithful volunteers and supportive members over the years. And yes, we do have a few members who go all the way back to the very beginning. I don’t go back all the way to ’86. I bought my first Mac (the original Classic) in ’92 and probably joined in ’93 or ’94. Joining was a very smart move. I can’t tell you how much I’ve learned at our meetings and from other members. I’ve made some very good friends, too.

If you have a local user group and don’t belong, join. Even if you can’t get to all of the meetings, most groups have an online presence. Our iBBS is a fantastic source for help with questions or problems. Post a question, and you will probably have an answer (or several) within hours, if not minutes. And yes, I know that you can always Google your questions, but I tend to trust our people more than some anonymous source that may or may not be right. If you’ve never checked out MacGroup’s iBBS, you should. Some areas are “members only” but most are open to guests for browsing. And yes, you need to be a member to post a question, but our dues aren’t expensive. Check it out.

Happy Birthday, MacGroup Detroit! What would we do without you? Thank you, Terry.

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  • Art in LA

    Congrats! I discovered your group 3 or 4 years ago now when I Googled a Mac issue I was having. Been following your RSS feed ever since. I will take up your advice and will look for a local group too, but will definitely continue to follow your efforts. I appreciate the insights!

  • Mike

    Hello. I have been thinking of attending this group. I need someone to go with. I am a long time mac user. I once was so fluent in HyperTalk (scripting language for hyper card) I could type it from the prompt almost as fluently as regular text.

  • I’ve been a member since we met at the office on 10 Mile Road and have benefited in a thousand ways in learning about all things “Mac”, from the invaluable presentations to buying software and equipment from members, to receiving essential advice from Bulletin Board gurus. Special thanks to Terry and his exceptionally knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful crew of experts. This group has enhanced my life.