The panel for the “User Groups: What They Can Do for You” session on the MacBeginnings Conference Track at Macworld Expo in New York has been named.
MacBeginnings is a series of presentations geared toward the new Mac user and first-time Macworld Expo attendees. The sessions will include tips, techniques and perspectives on the “hottest topics in the Mac world,” according to Chuck Joiner, editor-in-chief of
The MUG Center, a resource for Macintosh User Groups (MUGs). This year’s panel includes:
Amaya Gergoff of The Caracas Macintosh Users Group: In addition to being a four-term president of her group, she’s a member of Apple’s Regional Liaison Team for Latin and South America, and Webmaster of LatinMUG.org, a user group information site for Spanish-speaking countries. She also hosts the monthly LatinMUG chat, conducted in Spanish, on World Without Borders.
Elsa Travisano of MUG ONE of Oneonta, New York: She currently serves as vice president, webmaster, and editor of MUG ONE’s award-winning newsletter, Newsbreak, and has been involved in the management of her group for over 15 years, including two tenures as president, and librarian for many years. Travisano is a Mac consultant and instructor who has taught teacher workshops, classes for children and adults, and a college course on the Mac.
William Medlow of Long Island Macintosh Users Group: He’s the president of LIMac (Long Island Macintosh Users Group) and also serves as chairman of the Multimedia SIG. LIMac is the host group for the North East Macintosh User Group Booth (number 1843) at Macworld New York and has served Long Island Macintosh enthusiasts for 17 years.
Lynn Poos of Silicon Mountain Macintosh User Group: Poos is secretary/treasurer of the Silicon Mountain Macintosh User Group in Colorado Springs, CO, the largest active MUG in the state. He’s been involved with the Mac since the late 1980’s. Earlier this year Poos joined Apple’s Regional Liaison Team, representing the south central US.
The session will be hosted by Joiner of The Hershey Apple Core of Hershey PA. He’s been president of his group since 1992 and serves as Chairman of Apple’s User Group Advisory Board. Joiner appears monthly on The Mac Show’s User Group Focus and is co-host of The User Group Report.
“User Groups – What They Can Do for You” will be presented on Friday, July 20, at 12 p.m. in the MacBeginnings Theater, Booth #1360. The session is open to all Macworld Expo attendees. Macworld New York 2001 will run July 17-20 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York.
MUGs are good places for making new friends, finding Mac-loving buddies, boning up your technical expertise, finding solutions to technical problems, and sometimes finding a good deal on used hardware. For more info on MUGs, and to find the location of the one nearest you, go to
Apple’s User Group Web