CD-Rom Conference Scheduled at Myriad

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By Bill May An effort to attract more attention to Oklahoma's computer industry, specifically the multimedia and optical storage products, is bringing a national conference to the Myriad Convention Center.

The CD-ROM (for compact disc-read only memory) & Multimedia Conference is set for April 9-11 in conjunction with the Southwest Computer Conference.

Some of the top names in the computer industry are expected to appear at the show, either as exhibitors or speakers in panel discussions and seminars scheduled for those same dates.

"For years there have been CD-ROM conferences on each coast, one in the summer and one in the winter," said Dr. John Ellis, an Oklahoma City physician whose efforts led to the local convention. "Those were mainly for the industry, not for the end user.

"We decided since Oklahoma has several companies involved in this industry and the consumers and end users wanted to learn more about this technology, we'd try a convention here in middle America to see how it goes over. If it's successful, we plan to have it every year about this time."

Primary organizer was Bob Hall, an executive with Ellis Enterprises, which has published several versions of the Holy Bible, medical text books and periodicals on compact discs, Ellis said.

"He started out with the idea that we'd do this to bring some attention to Oklahoma's industry," Ellis said. "What we thought is that we'd have a few people interested and grow from there. But we've gotten some of the biggest companies and best-known names in the industry to come here.

"This is going to be a good conference."

The idea of connecting with the Southwest Computer Conference came after a statewide industry group was formed, Hall said. …