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Best of Show Awards
Direct From The MacWorld Expo Show Floor To You!
I'm Your Best Of Show Guy: Tom Carrolan

At MacWorld Expo Boston 1994, I was looking for an angle to review the show that had more of a focus than 'what I did at the trade show.' I called my article "Best of Show." It was published in The Active Window, the magazine of the Boston Computer Society's Mac User Group. When companies I mentioned in the article inquired about their "award" [!] AND it dawned on me no one else was handing out such a thing, I created one, popped it in an acrylic "L" frame and handed it out in San Francisco at MacWorld Expo 95.
It's caught on a little more since then. Best of Show winners have displayed our award with their Mac advertisements in the likes of MacWorld, MacUser, MacWeek, MacAddict, Wired, and Internet World magazines. Software boxes, product info sheets, and web sites have used N.E. Mac's [formerly BCS Mac's] Best of Show award. Although the Boston Computer Society has been destroyed by the clueless, N.E.Mac ["any Mac"] -- the New England Macintosh Conspiracy -- carries on and the original Best of Show awards are alive and well.
Check it out:

2000: SanFrancisco
1999: New York

1999: San Francisco
1998: New York
1998: San Francisco
1997: Boston

1997: San Francisco
1996: Boston
1996: San Francisco
1995: Boston
1995: San Francisco
1994: Boston

Best of Show Press Room 

 

Enter the Best of Show Press Room

For that first Best of Show [Boston '94], I drew up some marching orders for myself and what later evolved into a team [operatives and unindicted co-conspirators]. As follows:

Here are the cool things I saw at my eighth Boston MacWorld Expo... but first the criteria. Stuff had to be:

1. New in Boston [if it's cool but it already showed at MacWorld San Francisco [January '94], you'll find it after the newest of the new].

B. Fun and affordable: the big mags will tell you about the $1000 stuff for which only the high tech companies and George Lucas will have a practical use. It's got to have a street price of under $200 to be here.... and have an everyday practical application for the rest of us.

III. The uncool stuff is also here - at the end.



While these guidelines are more or less still true today, I moved from a narrative to a tabular format with the advent of the N.E.Mac ["any Mac"] virtually publication era, so a bit of the color [aka, my bad writing] and the uncool subjects have been left behind. But beginning with NYC '98, the first from NYC, I've returned to a lengthier style really just so I could include some different color: digital photographs.

The Best of Show articles are presented just as they were written after the Expo including things that have changed and I know it -- so check your chronometer. For example, "Ceneca Software's PageMill" from Boston 1995 quickly became an Adobe product... probably before the show doors closed. While the company name is wrong, PageMill's impact is correct. But I've left "Ceneca software" and other outdated facts and comments for that time capsule effect!

The web links have been inserted after the fact and are current as of 1/1/98. So when you click on "Ceneca Software's PageMill," you'll be whisked off to Adobe's home page. I didn't go directly to a particular product page for two reasons: they get renamed/relocated/removed [link rot] and, in some cases, the product is no longer available but the company is still around.

I tried to get the web links right but at any moment in time or quite permanently a link may be down... such is life on the Internet.

Check it out:

2000: SanFrancisco
1999: New York

1999: San Francisco
1998: New York
1998: San Francisco
1997: Boston

1997: San Francisco
1996: Boston
1996: San Francisco
1995: Boston
1995: San Francisco
1994: Boston

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