[hackerspaces] How did you all first find out about Hackerspaces?

matt matt at nycresistor.com
Thu Oct 17 00:10:40 CEST 2013

It's worth mentioning that NYC Resistor was made aware of The Resistors,
another MUCH older hackerspace form the North East by one of their former


Hackerspaces have been around a long time... in fact facilities much like
hackerspaces formed a large part of the ACTUAL renaissance.


On Wed, Oct 16, 2013 at 6:05 PM, Arclight <arclight at gmail.com> wrote:

> I used to hang out a place called the Youth Science Center. It was sort of
> a relic left over from the space race, when American parents cared about
> their kids learning about science and such. It was a non-profit that got a
> free disused classroom and was staffed by what I would now identify as
> hackers.  One of the guys who helped run it had repeatedly and aggressively
> applied to NASA, trying to be the youngest astronaut at the time, another
> was a mad scientist who invented a bunch of medical equipment, and several
> others were programmer/geeks
> I learned BASIC on a TI-99/4a, we set things on fire all the time, and
> they had an awesome once-a-year sale of surplus lab junk from Beckman and
> Hughes where some of the benefactors of the place worked.  They would also
> pay the bills by renting more classrooms and off-duty teachers during the
> Summer and putting on math, science and other classes.
> Eventually, the school kicked them out due to overcrowding and not seeing
> much value in their mission. The sports teams that used the surrounding
> fields and facilities also saw it as a big nuisance.
> Their sister location is still around, supported by the mostly-Asian
> community they are located in. Check it out:
> http://www.youthsciencecenter.org/
> As for our space: We were into BBSs in the early 90s. I started one in my
> town, and we would have user meets every Tuesday.  Years later, we all had
> Internets,the BBS was gone but we were still having user meets and parties.
> Eventually, we decided to get a space and do something like we always heard
> about the CCC, L0pht and other folks doing. Have run our current space for
> about 6 years.
> Arclight
> 23b Shop
> Fullerton, CA
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