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Bug Book History
“Bugs” were on every book, article and column written from 1974 to 1984 and
on every piece of hardware produced. Many from the “Boomer” generation would
have seen these “Bugs”, and may have a memory of the materials they were
David was associated with the “Blacksburg Group” of developers in the ‘70s
and ‘80s. He was part of the mastermind group that produced over 75 books,
and built and designed digital teaching equipment and computers back in the
early days of the microcomputer.
Dr. Jon Titus (notable designer for a number of teaching computers used with
the book series) and Dr. Chris Titus were the other “major players”, as far
as their long-term service to the group.
From 1974 to 1984, David was involved in the creation of the series used in
electronics and computer education. It started as the “Bug Books”, and
evolved into more than seventy books in the “Blacksburg Continuing Education
Series” published by Howard W. Sams.
Eventually, over a million copies were distributed and much of the series
was translated into various languages. Countless people using the books and
hardware were helped to move from the old electronics to digital and
To this day (some 30+ years later), David generally receives a letter, an
e-mail, or phone call each week to hear from someone who was influenced by
the work of the “Blacksburg Group”.
Over those years, David has amassed a “Smithsonian quality” historical
collection of microcomputers (pre-1980). Folks are still helping add to the
collection – see story about the recent addition of a Sphere computer at
The BugBook Computer
In the future. It is now a matter of location,
the process of building, and time to develop exhibits of the caliber that
folks will want to come and see.
If you would like more information, David may be reached at 540-763-2321
evenings after 7:00pm.
You were impacted in some way by this book
series, and no doubt you have been instrumental yourself in the digital
revolution! Please give your perspective by completing the following short
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