TONMOCON I: Monterey Bay, CA 2005

by Tony Morelli 8/9/05 held its first Conference in Monterey, California on August 5, 6 and 7, 2005. Check out our dedicated forum (with lots more pics). So, here's my account:

Friday: me and my family arrived in the afternoon, and basically took it easy. Went out for ice cream in Monterey, did not do anything cephy. I did not attend the MBARI tour, so someone else will need to post about that!

Saturday: The events on Saturday, August 6th took place at the Monterey Conference Center. My family and I got there just before 8am, and people started milling in between 8 and 9:30 as requested. I did not get a total head count, but my guess is somewhere around 35 to 40 people (??).

Pipsquek (Jonathan Roberts) showed up with "Big Red", which is his outstanding (and very heavy) bronze sculpture of a male octopus.

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After we got situated we started -- I spent a while going through my presentation. The event began with acknowledgement for Rob Williams, a.k.a. OctoBloke on, who passed away earlier this year. The event was dedicated in his memory, as he was very excited about the community, and our first conference.

Geoff Von Saltza, a teacher from MAOS, got up and showed a video clip about the school, spoke about the programs, and answered some questions from the audience. His presentation gave insight into student activities and focus of study...
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Tony converted into an octopus and cephalopod interest site in May 2000. (Find out more about how TONMO started by reading this blog entry.) He began his career in the online services industry in 1992, working for companies such as Prodigy,, Reuters and Comcast. Tony and his wife Tania are the owners of Deep Intuition, LLC, which is an entity they created to support their entrepreneurial hobbies and pursuits. He graduated from St. Bonaventure University with a B.A. in Mass Communication and lives in Pennsylvania.

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