SLO Bytes was founded in January, 1984 by a group of businessmen in San Luis Obispo. Our first meeting was at Computerland (then on Monterey St.) and then we moved to Richard Racouillat's office. Richard is a local attorney who is still in practice in SLO.
We quickly outgrew Richard's office and moved to the vending machine snack bar at Camp San Luis. This was arranged by Byron Smith, national guardsman, who still lives in the area.
In 1987, with the help of Bob Ward, we moved again. This time to a 24 station lab in the Biology Department's Science North at Cal Poly University. About this time our then president and longtime member, George Campbell, joined the club. Within two years we outgrew the laboratory and moved into a lecture room in the same building. Even this room, with a capacity of 65, filled our needs for only a short time.
In 1992, we moved to the adjoining building, Fisher Science, where we occupied Fisher 286, one of the largest lecture rooms on campus. Meetings were changed from Tuesday evenings to Sunday, as this was the only day of the week we could be assured of a the meeting hall and a large enough block of time to satisfy our needs.
As of January 1st, 1998, we were without a meeting place because of the large rent increase Cal Poly Foundation wanted to impose on our group. After a search of the area, we landed a new home at the I.O.O.F. Hall, located on Dana Street in San Luis Obispo. We started our first meeting at the new facility on February 1st, 1998 and have been happy there ever since.
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