KansasFest 2018: Special Moments

The July 2018 KansasFest was the seventh I’ve attended and spoken at. Every year, there are so many friendly, knowledgeable and helpful people who stand out and make the event what it is. And that’s why I keep coming back – awesome people!

I spent many long months before KansasFest working with Roger Wagner and Lane Roathe, while designing and editing the new “Apple’s Apprentice” and “Tome of Copy Protection” books, and enjoyed getting know them a bit better. Friends who I’ve met previous years, continued to demonstrate their generosity, brilliance, and passion for the Apple II, including but not limited to Jay Graham, Jeremy Rand, Marcus Adams, Ian Primus, and Justin Scott. While there are always numerous ways to have fun at KansasFest, these photos encompass a few of my favorite memories.

Roger Wagner, genius of many things, proudly holds his magazine “The Apple’s Apprentice” while wearing one of his famous ties at KansasFest. Remastering all three rare issues into a new book, gave me additional opportunities to interact with Roger and discover his wit and brilliance. He also wrote a Preface for the book.
Programming genius Lane Roathe proudly holds his new “Tome of Copy Protection” book that he and I spent many months working on. Lane and Bruce Jones wrote and published the rare book in 1985, and Lane expanded the content for this new edition. Lane is quite the smart and funny guy!

Hardware gurus Ian Primus and Justin Scott help attendees fix practically everything – and have a great time doing it!
Fashion guru Marcus Adams with his beautiful wardrobe upgrades. Marcus and I met in 2017, and decided that we were both goofy enough to be KansasFest roommates in 2018.
Hardware geniuses Jay Graham (creator of the “Apple II Diagnostic Card” clone) and Henry Courbis (creator of cool hardware at ReActiveMicro). Jay has spent so much time helping me by fixing broken keyboards and cards. Generous and awesome seems to be a recurring theme!
Programming genius and math guru Jeremy Rand shows off Rand Pack vol. 1.

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About the Author

Brian Wiser

Brian is an A.P.P.L.E. Board member and Managing Editor of Call-A.P.P.L.E.. He is a producer of books, films, games, and events, as well as an Apple consultant, historian and archivist. Brian designed, edited, and co-produced dozens of books including:  "Nibble Viewpoints: Business Insights From The Computing Revolution," "Cyber Jack: The Adventures of Robert Clardy and Synergistic Software," "Synergistic Software: The Early Games," "Graphically Speaking: Enhanced Edition," "What’s Where in the Apple: Enhanced Edition," and "The WOZPAK Special Edition: Steve Wozniak’s Apple-1 & Apple II Computers."  Brian also co-produced the retro iOS game "Structris." Brian was an extra in Joss Whedon’s movie “Serenity,” leading him to being a producer/director for the documentary film “Done The Impossible: The Fans’ Tale of Firefly & Serenity.” He brought some of the Firefly cast aboard his Browncoat Cruise convention and recruited several of the Firefly cast to appear in a film for charity. Brian speaks about his adventures at conventions around the country.