Q: How can one obtain a copy of VbClassic and see what it is all about, if Microsoft no longer offers it?
A: Microsoft does offer a free copy of VB5 control edition as recent as Feb 2004. Also if your company has a license for VbDotNet you may qualify to get a copy of VbClassic version 6 from MicroSoft. They provide this backdoor in case the DotNet stuff you are doing cannot address problems to integrate / interface with your existing legacy applications.
This link no longer works - and it does not seem to be available anywhere for download (just spent 30 minutes Googling for it). 9th October 2007.