Liza Loop's volunteer page





1. Introduction

Hi, I'm the "Vision Keeper" for HCLE and founder of LO*OP Center, Inc, our umbrella nonprofit corporation.
My story is at click

Here is a brief profile of me, including a resume.

If you want to reach me, please either send email to Liza at hcle dot org or telephone me to tell me there is a message waiting here. The advantage of posting to this page is that others can see our conversation.

2. A few notes about HCLE

By 1986, I knew LO*OP Center's Store Front operations were closed for good and I was wondering what to do with all of the items about computing in education that I had collected over the years. There were two institutions that might be interested in documenting the work that I and others had done to popularize computing and make it an awesome tool for learning: Stanford University and the nascent Computer History Museum. I gathered together 16 boxes of "stuff" and gave 8 to the Stanford Libraries and 8 to the Computer History Museum (CHM). At the time, CHM was groaning under a huge airplane hanger-full (literally) of materials donated by folks from all over Silicon Valley. My donation was incorporated into the whole and I have no idea what happened it. Stanford, on the other hand, kept my donation together, made a rough catalog of the box contents and created "finding aides" so that scholars could access these materials. Here is their inventory:
Guide to the Liza Loop Papers, 1972 - 1984

If you want to go to the Hoover Library in Palo Alto, CA, USA and request that a box be brought to you, you can. Many scholars do. But that's not my idea of how to provide access to historical material in 2014. It should be on the web so you can view it at your leisure from your home or library computer. Before you can do this all the paper has to be scanned. Commercial scanning costs about 10 cents per page. There are thousands of pages in these boxes. The challenge for HCLE, our challange, is to induce Stanford, which already has a large scanning facility, to make processing this collection a high priority.

Happily, two members of the Stanford community, Henry Lowood and Fred Turner, are championing this project. They have gotten the Peoples Computer Company Newsletters (PCC) and the Homebrew Computer Club Newsletters scanned so that they are now online for our use. You can help demonstrate to Stanford that there is a demand for more of this material. Surf on over to Guide to the Liza Loop Papers, 1972 - 1984 and select a few items that you would like to read. Then drop Henry an email (lowood at stanford dot edu) saying that you'd be pleased if Stanford would make these item available to you online. You might also mention how much you appreciate being able to see PCC and Homebrew and what a fine institution Stanford is for doing this.

3. Link to Liza's publications