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From: Mary Douglass <>
Subject: Re: [TGF] projectors!
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2008 11:32:55 -0600
Harold, et al,
I used an overhead projector for years for presentations. I picked up a
used one somewhere. It was heavy, bulky, and awkward to carry, but the
price was right! I started thinking about digital projectors after a
speaking experience in which my slides decided to leave before I was
quite done with them. After I got over my technophobia, I learned to use
PowerPoint in a limited way. The learning curve wasn't that steep. Our
public library has a technology lab and staff that helped me get
started. I put off purchasing my projector until I had enough speaking
engagements in one year to justify to myself that I would actually use
the thing. I don't regret that decision. Prices and sizes are coming down.
My two cents'--go with your comfort level and budget. The technology
isn't as important as what you have to say. Just have a good handout for
participants to take home.
FYI John Colletta is SRO wherever he goes and for whatever topic he
chooses. And he did a spoof on PP at one of the dinners that had all of
us in hysterical laughter. Helen Leary also used overhead projectors
because she wrote on the slides. Only after her stroke limited her
physical abilities did she learn to use digital presentations.
> I would love to hear from anyone who can recommend a good portable overhead
> projector for giving talks at local and perhaps regional levels. I am
> researching online in spare moments but could use some wise counsel, especially
> as to the lingo and the essential but hidden things to know, if any. (Please
> reply on list in case someone else is wondering too.)
> I also wouldn't mind hearing from anyone who thinks this is a bad question to
> be asking -- that is, who can explain why it is worthwhile to incur the extra
> expense (!) and complication and learning curve of a digital projector for
> PowerPoint or similar programs. (FYI John Philip Colletta used an overhead
> projector for his excellent presentation on 19th century newspapers, which was
> SRO at NGS in Kansas City in May.)
> Harold Henderson
> Research and Writing from Northwest Indiana
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