To the ST NEWS International Christmas Coding Convention
by Stefan Posthuma
Saturday December 15th 1990
They were about to arrive, the first people having to do with
the Convention. Stefan Kimmlingen from Trier was about to arrive
with Fabian (Oxygene) from the Lost Boys (who else) and 'Der
Große Dummer' Klaus (That's what Tim likes to call him). I woke
up, did some grocery shopping (12 1.5 litre bottles of Coke,
lotsa bread and stuff to put on it) and by the time I got back,
the phone rang...
"Yeah, hi it's Stefan. It is snowing heavily in Trier at the
moment so it's going to take us a bit longer. We'll be there at
So they arrived; three fairly nutty Germans - and that Saturday
night we spent watching videos and drinking Plantiac, a mild
prelude of the things about to happen.
Next morning at 10:30 we arrived at Den Bosch station, eagerly
watching the arriving trains, and to be more specific, the
people emerging from them. We were looking for three Swedish
looking people: Nick, Jas and Tanis from the CareBears. They
wanted to get here earlier because they didn't feel like
travelling all the way from Sweden just to spend a weekend in
Bags and people were stuffed in the cars and off we went, to my
place. Computers were set up, Coke bottles were opened and
Swedish was muttered while tapping at the keyboards. Yes people,
the Megamighty (ahem) CareBears were actually in MY house,
coding on MY computer. After these initial moments of ecstasy I
calmed down and kicked one off MY computer and did some coding
of my own (Watch out for the upcoming Lost Boys demo).
That evening we had dinner at a really fancy Chinese
restaurant, much to the delight of Stefan Kimmlingen who had
been there before and enjoyed it immensely.
The next day Thorsten Mutchall (Gogo - CareBears) and Phil from
Delta Force arrived - they actually came with me from Amsterdam.
Yes, I had to work on Monday and Tuesday, letting these crazies
alone in my home. Fortunately, Diederik (CIA of Galtan Six) was
there to take care of everybody. He turned out to be of great
help in the next couple of days (Thanks buddy!). When Thorsten
opened his bag, an Amiga was revealed (WHAT??) but my initial
spasms of revolt were soon replaced by gusts of delight when I
beheld the picture he was working on. Geez, he must be one of
the biggest graphical talents ever to set foot on this earth.
Stefan and Klaus were gone by then, back to Trier. They will
return next weekend, when everything is happening here.
This went on for a few days, the coding, the drinking of large
amounts of Coke, the eating of Crisps and other foodstuffs until
Wednesday night when I drove off to Amstelveen and met with
Gerrit-Jan, one of my colleagues at SPC/C. He volunteered to
stash the Lost Boys and Rob Povey at his house and I am still
super grateful to him that he put up with five of these English
guys. We had dinner and drove off to Schiphol airport. Their
plane arrived shortly after and there they were, Tim, Dave,
Michael, Mark (ex-Lost Boy) and Rob. So the Lost Boys were
complete and everybody was there. They hadn't changed much, Mark
was still small and had lotsa hair, Dave still looked groovy and
Tim just looked well...err...silly really. We drove off and an
hour later, there were about 15 people in my house, all in my
room and my sister's room.
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