Special "Coffee and Computers" set Friday

Mark your calendars and plan to attend a special meeting of "Coffee and Computers" at 9 a.m. this Friday, February 23, 2001.

Andy Thalken, Store Manager of the new Tustin/Santa Ana Gateway Country store, and Lynn Strobel, a Gateway educational specialist will join us to introduce their store, their products, services and educational programs.

"Coffee and Computers," the Friday morning get together which meets to discuss computers and the Internet at the Tustin Area Senior Center, has been growing since its inception last summer.

It is where anyone interested in computers and the Internet can bring their questions and concerns and discuss them with others of similar interests. It is open to the public and free of charge. Coffee and sweets are available and the group gathers in the conference room of the Senior Center at 200 South 'C' Street, Tustin, from 9 a.m. until about noon. Anyone can attend at anytime during this period since the format is very informal and the conference room is a comfortable and flexible setting.

This coming Friday, February 23, 2001, however, we are going to depart from our normal format and have the first of what may become a regular feature of these get togethers.

Gateway is a nationally recognized computer manufacturer that recently opened a number of retail stores to augment their usual on-line computer sales network. These stores offer a full line of Gateway computers as well as providing service and training.

Since the Tustin/Santa Ana store is new in our area, we thought it would be interesting to meet and become acquainted with its representatives.

Over the months the "Coffee and Computers" group has become like a family. There are three Bobs, one of which is the group's resident AOL expert. Another Bob brings in a list of three questions each session and the other always has very thought provoking questions. Phyllis, John, Wally, Bill, Tom, Foster, Joan and others keep the discussions lively. Mike adds his web page expertise. Others attend to listen and gain knowledge as well as participate since the questions range over all levels of computer interest. Nothing is too simple or complicated for this group. I am there to try to keep order and answer questions when I can.

So plan to attend this special meeting this Friday as well as visiting with us any Friday morning.

In the mean time, keep the neurons happy, synapses snapping and enjoy computing.


Dr. Art Holub is a long time resident of Tustin and teaches computer and Internet courses at the Tustin Area Senior Center and the Tustin Adult School. Visit his web site at: This column is written to address the computer adventures and concerns of older adults. If you have comments, questions or suggestions for future columns, Email HIM at:

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