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April 9th, 2002
Summary of responses to our little prank ... ;-)

> The Tuesday, April 9th meeting of the Rocky Mountain Internet > Users Group (RMIUG) will feature a special presentation by Dean > Kamen, inventor of the Segway Human Transporter (HT) -- the first > self-balancing, electric-powered transporter designed to enhance...

Unfortunately, Dean Kamen's publicist, Ms. April Feuhls, has notified us that Dean regrettably won't be able to make it due to a sprained wrist he suffered when the Segway HT he was riding lost balance and tipped over. ;-)

We will resume our regular RMIUG meeting schedule (second Tuesday, odd-numbered months) in May at our regular location, stay tuned. Mr. Kamen has tentatively committed to speaking to RMIUG next year on April 1st, 2003 at the Boulder Innovation & Technology Center...

To answer a request from one of our members, we have decided to share selected replies we received from some members who reacted to our initial posting. Names have been removed to protect the innocent, the guilty and everyone else. Enjoy!

Happy April!

The RMIUG Committee rmiug-comm@r...

comments from members: ----------------------

saw the segway thingy.....very cool....

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Nice April Fools Joke. Let me know how many people show up for this one ;)

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For the location of the next meeting, can I assume that Broadway and Foothills means the north end of Broadway where it terminates at US 36? US 36, north of Boulder is sometimes referred to as "North" Foothills Highway. The more common "Foothills" parkway does not intersect with Broadway and South Foothills Highway (State Highway 93) does not "intersect" with Broadway, it more simply "becomes" Broadway. I tried through Yahoo to find a URL for the Boulder Innovation & Technology Center, but had no luck.

*** (same person after reply from us)

Grrrrr, how many fish on your stringer now? Hope I'm not the only one :-)

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I just want you to know that you got me! Thanks!!!! (*chuckle*)

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It was great! I got to thinking Broadway and Foothills... Huh?!?!? You had me almost the entire way through. I loved the "pass the hat" line. I was thinking, "Wow! Those guys are really coming up in the world! To get Kamen to Boulder?!?!!"

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Cool event. Is there a need to RSVP for this, or do you just show up? What about the 4pm dinner?

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Just read your Segway announcement. A very funny April Fools' joke. Had me going for a while.

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Um...where exactly does Broadway intersect with Foothills? And how does one reserve a spot at the catered dinner? I expect this event to be mobbed.

*** (same person, 15 minutes later with no intervention from us)

Cruel! Cruel!

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Is there a street address for this? I wasn't aware that Broadway intersected Foothills...

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Quick question: 1. How do I RSVP or get invited to the dinner?

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Oh, you *are* gonna regret this... were you on the list when the April Fool's joke was an announcement of a debate between Al Gore and Bill Gates on technology? Someone passed it onto all their friends all over the country?

Don't let this happen to you! :-)

(note, for more details on this reference from the RMIUG archives, see "Al Gore and Bill Gates Speak at RMIUG" http://www.rmiug.org/meetings/96_04_01.html) ***

Can you be more specific on the location - as far as I know, if you're talking about foothills pkway, it doesn't intersect w/ B'way. If you're talking about foothills hghwy, it intersects at the top of b'way by the fun park. Is there another foothills?

Thanks for putting together a great program!

*** (same person after reply from us)

Thanks. Yes, I fell for that hook, line and sinker. But see, it just goes to show what I think you're capable of doing. ;-)

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Come on! Dean isn't REALLY showing up at the "intersection of Foothills and Broadway"...

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Is this the secret transport device that had a year of advance publicity? The device that the US PostOffice has signed up to test?

*** (same person after reply from us)

This is a joke? Really? Oh you meanie!!! I was all excited...

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Google found NO info for "Boulder Innovation Technology Center".

As the stated location is "the intersection of Broadway and Foothills" (which are parallel roads that do not intersect), perhaps this is an April 1st prank "hack" of the RMIUG website ?

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Is this for real? If it is -- great job lining up such a cool event!

I'm guessing this is just 04/01 material though, since as far as I know Broadway and Foothills don't intersect and companies don't give away $160K items as door prizes. I'm hoping I'm wrong though as I would love to test drive one of those Segways!

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Sounds extremely cool. How does one get into the dinner? Additionally, I never heard of the Boulder Innovation & Technology Center although I know where the intersection of Broadway and Foothills is. Can you clarify?

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Hey! That was not nice! Dean Kamen is our hero; We were really excited about it. Wouldn't it be great if we could get him to speak here in Boulder.

Am I the only one to fall for it?

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Very nicely done.

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You got me good on this one... One of our board members let me know that it was all April Fools fun... tell you the truth, I didn't even think of it being April 1st.

Hope to see you at the next meeting... Bring your Segway! :D

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You know... being straight from the horses mouth, I didn't even question it.

I was a fool for forgetting what day it was ;)

At least you reminded me to check my sources.

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I thought this was an April Fool's Day joke at first--they're really going to give one away? You've posted this on the RMIUG website as well so I guess this is legitimate. I look forward to additional coverage in the local press and anticipate an enormous turnout, especially if the giveaway is publicized (few can really afford one). How do you lock up an HT i.e. at the grocery store etc.? I will forward to RMIEC (Rocky Mountain Inventors and Entrepreneurs Congress).

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Thanks for the good laugh! I figured it was a joke by the time you replied. I admit it--I bit, but because I wanted to believe it was true!

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Question: For the next presentation, where exactly is: Boulder Innovation & Technology Center at the intersection of Broadway and Foothills

Is this at N. Broadway? Do you have a numerical address so I can look up on mapquest.

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I have a question for you regarding this meeting. Is this an April Fool's day joke or is it for real? We have a few people who would love to see the Segway in action, but we suspect that this is a hoax. Where is the new Boulder Innovation & Technology Center at the intersection of Broadway and Foothills? I've lived in Boulder for a long time and as far as I know Broadway and Foothills don't intersect.

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AWESOME! How did you swing this? More importantly, how do I get into the catered dinner?

*** (same person after reply from us)

HA! A little too subtle for my dull wit... ;)

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your directions on the announcement says it will take place where Broadway and Foothills intersect. I don't thing they do...... is this a trick? Or do we need to use the 'device' to get there.

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