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July 14th, 1999

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[2:31 PM]
Campaign To Stop Mac Teen's Dad From Forcing PC Conversion
We got word from a couple of creative youngsters looking to help keep a friend of theirs from being forcibly converted to a PC. More importantly, this Mac using teen is Jon Claydon, the webmaster at MacTeens. According to the letter, this campaign is designed to get 1,000 names from Mac users who think Jon's dad is making a mistake by trying to force this conversion. The plea from the Save Jon Campaign:

If you read the newspaper or watch the news these days, you'll likely hear about teens doing horrible things.  School shootings, graffiti, violence, and all sorts of unimaginable things are seen as the norm for teens in America.  Is this the world's future? It's not easy for toady's teens to achieve under the pressure of stereotypes.

Luckily, there is lots of hope for the future in the form of those who can.  As they say, today's kids are tomorrow's adults.  And not all of today's teens are bad; in fact, if you look even at the Macintosh media arena, there are tons of creative teens spending time on worthwhile projects (instead of raising the crime rate!). One of these teens comes in the form of Jonathan Claydon, Webmaster at MacTeens, MacAddict Readers Club Senior Editor, MacAddict Forums Moderator, and all around great guy. Unfortunately, the Wintel PC blob is gaining ground - and not with newbie consumers, but rather with one of the Mac's core users, Jonathan.  And no, Jonathan isn't leaving the Mac of his own volition. Rather, he is losing his faithful Mac this summer in exchange for a PC because he is moving and his dad thinks a PC would be a better computer. As good friends of Jon, we can't bear to let this happen to him. (Plus, it might mean the end of the MacTeens site and the downgrading of quality at some other sites he writes for, as well as the fact that Jon is an all-around nice guy and a PC just wouldn't do!)

We went searching for a way to get Jon's dad to get a Mac instead of a PC - and this is our plan. What if over 1000 people told Jon's dad to buy a Mac instead of a PC?   No, we don't want to da a mass e-mail spam on Jon's dad.  We just want to show him that Jon is an integral part of the Mac community, and we don't want to loose him!  This is what we are setting out to do - find at least 1000 people to "electronically" sign a petition in favor of the Mac.  After 1000 people sign, we will deliver a printed read-out of the list to Jon's dad.

The HQ for The "A Mac For Jon Campaign" is hosted on the MacAddict Readers Club server (http://www.macaddictreadersclub.com/savejon/). On the site, we tell people how they can help.  The number one way is to sign the petition - all anyone has to do to sign it is to send an email to savejon@macaddictreadersclub.com.

The Mac Observer Spin: Isn't this a clever concept? It could work. Perhaps a long list of names will show the PC loving father of Jon that his son has chosen a platform with a future. Heck, it could even make him realize that MacTeens is a viable business. In any event, you have to admire the effort that Jon and his friends are going to try and keep Jon on a Mac!

Save Jon Campaign



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