Who we are and what we do: TMUG supports a friendly community of Apple enthusiasts who are interested in learning more about the use of personal computers and the Internet with particular emphasis on the Macintosh and Apple’s iOS devices - iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and AppleTV.
Our members enjoy many great benefits and we hope you will consider joining us to learn more about your Mac and iOS devices and to add your skills and knowledge to our group.
Tucson Macintosh Users Group is a non-profit educational organization based in Tucson, Arizona. Our mission is to help our members to learn about personal computers, portable computing devices, and the Internet with particular emphasis on the use and care of Apple, Inc. products.
TMUG traces its roots back to early 1984 and the original Tucson Apple Core ("TAC"), an Apple II user group. When the Macintosh was introduced in 1984, it seemed natural to expand TAC's purview to include the Mac. In January of 1994, we spun out of TAC into a separate, Mac-only group.
TMUG is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors ("BoD"). We have five elected officers who sit on the BoD as voting members: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Member at Large. Elections are held each year in January.
Also sitting on the BoD are appointed, non-voting members who are in charge of various TMUG activities. The purview of these members changes from time to time as necessary to meet the needs of the group. Currently, non-voting BoD members are in charge of Programs, TMUG Internet Presence, Training and Education, Membership, and Publicity. Many previous BoD members also continue to attend BoD meetings and continue to offer us their expertise.
Although we have formal procedures in place for voting and resolving issues, it is part of our community's tradition to make all decisions by consensus. We are pleased that we have never had to resort to our formal procedures to come to a decision.
All BoD meetings are open. Interested members and observers are invited to attend.
Our current Board Members are as follows:
President -- Bob Wood
Vice President -- Ridge Prevost
Secretary -- Curt Blanchard
Treasurer -- Mark Jaffee
Member at Large -- Roger Harmon
Our first webmaster, Denny Ladwig, put the first TMUG web site on the net early in 1997. Its design reflected the available technology of the time. Browsers were primitive and standards were almost non-existent. Consequently, the site design had to be very simple.
Over the next four years, some decent web standards were developed, but few webmasters paid them any attention because standards support in browsers was so poor. Although the visual design of TMUG's site became more sophisticated, it still used the same outdated web technology. Formatting was done via marked-up tables, resulting in an almost unmaintainable rat's nest of code.
After Denny died in 2003, because we had no replacement webmaster, little work was done on the site for almost two years. However, in Spring of 2005, it was becoming painfully apparent that many things we wanted to do could not be done without a complete rewrite of the site. Fortuitously, Zack Williams was involved at that time in the design of a site for his business, and he convinced several of us that web technology and standards had developed sufficiently that a rewrite would be feasible with the volunteers we had on hand. A new volunteer offered to be webmaster, and after a multi-month, multi-person effort, the first iteration on a new site for TMUG resulted.
We dedicate this website to the memory of Denny Ladwig. He worked with the Internet early on at the Office of Naval Intelligence. After retiring to Tucson, he joined TMUG and, with the help of his wife, Lois, dragged us out of the dial-up BBS era and onto the web. Denny died unexpectedly on September 22, 2003. He is fondly remembered at TMUG, and many of us miss his guidance and expertise, his willingness to speak out against bad ideas, and his drive to adopt methods and programs that would make TMUG a better group in the Internet age.
As with most things in TMUG, this site and TMUG as an organization, is the work of a number of collaborators. We gratefully acknowledge the contributions of:
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This page last updated May 23, 2023