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                          Video Toaster User Expo
  Harv Laser                                

I spent the day today at the Universal City Hilton hotel for the 2nd annual
Video Toaster User expo.

Here's a tiny recap - I'll have more to post later along with photos after
I get the film developed and scan them.

In a half-hour speech to a packed ballroom of about 500 people, Petro
Tyschtschenko (say "ta-SHEN-ko"), a very gung-ho and good English-speaking
guy, pulled up a black cloth and revealed a brand new production Amiga 4000
Tower, and also showed, cased in lucite, no less, an actual A1200
motherboard produced by AmigaTech along with a German sales packed-A1200
full of bundled software.

He then, with much suspense, announced the next generation Amigas will use
Motorola's PowerPC CPU and will be dubbed the Power Amiga.

Petro, along with his young Press Relations Guy, Gilles Bourdin, explained
that Escom has already spent many times its initial $12million investment
in the intellectual properties of Commodore, whom they bought out earlier
this year.  That They know what the Amiga is, unlike Commodore's former top
management, and that "We didn't just buy the Amiga for Christmas." He
insisted that the Amiga is back and that development will carry on through
the last of the 68xxx processors, the 68060, and then onto the PowerPC.  He
did not name any ship dates for Power Amigas of course, although scuttlebut
says expect them in early '97. 

Petro further said that so far, 15,000 A1200s have been sold in Europe. 
Not just shipped, sold.  To customers.  And that over 80,000 more are
backordered at dealers and are being made as fast as the factory can crank
them out.

Amiga Tech GmbH is forming a strategic alliance with Apple Computer, since
they have already been before where Amiga is going, from the 68k family of
CPUs to the PPC.

After Petro spoke, Tim Jenison, Pres.  of Newtek took the stage and gave a
very moving, tearful speech in tribute to Jay Miner, father of the Amiga. 
This was a speech unlike anything I have ever heard Jenison give before. 
He was on the verge of tears many times as he recounted his early meetings
in Los Gatos with Jay and the early Amiga engineering crew, showing them
the first Digiview pictures, how Jay was constantly amazed and thrilled at
the things developers were making his little creation do.

I took pictures at the press conference and also in the exhibits hall of
various people and products and will scan and upload them in the next
couple days, putting them on Portal in the Amiga Zone library and on
Aminet, so look for them soon.

That's enough for now. I'm pooped.