Officers and Board Members
Former President, Presenter, Secretary
Specializing in iMovie and Pages and Preview.
Treasurer, Web Master
Specializing in Photoshop and camera usage.
Founding Member, Vice President & chief presenter
A Brief and Incomplete History of PTSLUG
The Port Townsend Seriously Laid-back User Group has been around long before 1994 but that history has been lost in the mists of time. Back then the group was mostly dormant and while it had a board of directors which did meet there no regular member meetings. In 1995 the board undertook an effort to revitalize the group.
Within a year it was holding regular monthly meetings and gradually building up its membership. In 1998 it began publishing a monthly newsletter and was holding its meetings at the WSU Learning Center in Port Hadlock. One of the early highlights was when representatives from Adobe Systems in Seattle came to this area to give a presentation at the January 1999 meeting. They offered Adobe software as door prizes. The meeting was attended by more than 50 people, both PTSLUG members and community members.
In 1999 the group began conducting monthly, small group meetings and workshops or special interest groups as Apple called them. It also offered a lending library of books and software to its members and secured discounts from several publishers. It brought in outside speakers to many of its monthly meetings. It also maintains this website.
PTSLUG has been an Apple recognized user group and a Washington State non-profit educational corporation for most of the past 20 years. Since 1994 it has had five presidents: Bob Snow from 1995-2002, Mike McKee from 2003-2009, Gary Estes from 2010 to 2015 and Jim Emery from 2016 to the present.
Over time the group’s focus expanded from Macs to include iPhones and iPads as well as topics of general interest to all device users. These discussions have ranged from internet privacy and security to web browsers, search engines and common printing issues. Over the years, when the WSU Extension in Port Hadlock had a computer lab, PTSLUG contributed software and hardware to the WSU Macs. This relationship with WSU has since ended.
While most of the large Apple users groups on the West Coast faded away in the 2000’s, PTSLUG has continued to flourish by offering the community lively monthly meetings and free educational workshops.