As the Apple II and II Plus computers began to fade in popularity, many members of the Saginaw Apple Computer Klub (SACK, which formed about 1980–1981) looked at purchasing one of the new-fangled machines, the Apple Lisa. The Lisa was the forerunner of the Macintosh. Due to its extremely high price, not many were sold.
Apple announced the first Macintosh computers in 1984. The Macintosh Plus had one 3.5″ floppy drive and no hard drive. You could attach an external hard drive but nothing was built-in. Its 9-inch black and white screen was thought to be the best resolution on the market. It quickly took off in the publishing business due to MacWrite and MacDraw, quickly followed by Pagemaker and the first Filemaker programs.
The Macintosh SE soon replaced the Plus and, because it had a built-in hard drive, sales really took off. SACK was beginning to shrink in membership as quite a few members bought the Mac SE and some members decided to move to the Windows platform.
Carol Gohm and Jerry Brasseur decided to start a Macintosh user group in July, 1986. The first meeting was at Jerry’s home and ten Mac owners showed up. The following month, nine new members signed in. A name was chosen, Saginaw Macintosh Users Group (SMUG) and a new meeting place had to be found to accommodate the growing membership. Recognition as a member of the Apple User Group Support Association brought us even more members.
SACK finally had to cease operations about 1987–1988 and gave its prized overhead LCD panel to SMUG. The remaining dues and computer equipment were donated to schools and local charities.
SMUG has had many meeting “homes” over the past few years including Bridgeport High School, Eisenhower High School (now Heritage High School), the Saginaw Intermediate School District Administration Building, and now the Saginaw Township Fire Department Station #1.
Jerry served as Chairman from 1986 until 2oo4. One of the members who joined at the second meeting, Bob Schust, has retained membership throughout the years and both he and Jerry are still members.