June 15 @ 3:00 PM: Annual
Picnic at the Highland Park Pavilion in St.
Details in section 3 below.
August 17 @ 11:00 AM: Cruise on
the St. Croix River with an included lunch - see
New Book: A History of the
Computer Industry: From Relay computers to the
IBM PC paperback was released in February
by retired UNISYS employee Steve Lindfors, check
on Amazon. A unique approach in that Steve
covers ancillary devices, electronic device
evolution, software languages, and prominent
people over half a century. LABenson reviewed
and commented on the draft contents in 2013.
Interesting technology web site,
click on later Military, then scroll down
to see AN/UYK-44 entry.
Sadly, the Unisys Blue Bell
Retirees' Group (UBBRG)
has announced that they will just be a memory
after December 2016. Story in our
Videos on Line:
The "Computer History Archives Project"
- Other people,
organizations are also documenting parts of our IT Legacy. Dr. Mark Greenia developed an 1103 history
vignette; look for our site reference near the end.
Transitions: 1) Lockheed Martin
is in the process of spinning off their Air
Traffic Management engineering operations
presently located in Eagan, specifics will be in
our newsletters as we learn them. 2) The IT
Legacy Committee in conjunction with UNISYS in
Roseville formed a task team to find a new
location for the History Wall
firstname.lastname@example.org if you have ideas or
would like to participate; next team meeting @10:30
7/13 in the plant 4 old nurses
THANK YOU! In December the
board distributed a 'performance' survey to the
85% of our members for whom we have database email addresses. 65% of those looked at the survey
questions and 35% completed the survey. We are reporting survey specifics
with a series
of newsletter articles, April thru July issues. Thanks again to all who
Lowell to post items in this section.
3. Next Event Summary - June 15 at 3:00
Annual Summer Picnic - Our retirees and friends
have been gathering at the Highland Park Pavilion for an
afternoon of reminiscing and reconnecting for three decades. The
registration form is available for printing on page 93 as
are the details. Brats, burgers, soft drinks, tapped beer keg, and
side dishes for $5 per member or $10 per non-member. Please
mail your registration before June 6
so that we can have sufficient food and drink
available. Coordinator is John Westergren, many others have
volunteered to cook, help serve, and to clean!
Section 6.5 below has GPS and driving directions or use Google Maps:
4. Article for the Month:
June: Nothing in the works, please send something to
May: We have two people items this month; the
2007 oral interview of Marc
Shoquist by John Westergren and
experiences to complement his 2007 oral interview.
The April web site article is a
paper listing the artifacts
transferred from Lowell's temporary basement repository to the Lawshe Memorial Museum in July
2015. Each of those listed items illustrates or describes bits and
pieces of our extensive Information Technology Legacy.
March: This is a compendium of the
which have appeared in our newsletters since 2006 - the
February: 70 Years Ago, February 1946 - The
Army dedicated the ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and
Computer) at the Moore School of engineering. In
recognition of the event we've posted Ron Q. Smith's presentation
slides, Unisys and the Growth of Computing.
Bill Mauchly is coordinating several ENIAC recognition displays
in the Philadelphia area.
Previous 'Article for the Month' items are listed and linked on the Legacy Project, Documents
now 121 items since April, 2007.
5. Site Update Log*
May 15: Added a Steve Lindfors' 2016 book to section 3 of page
documents. Updated section 2 of page 8,
Periodic groups. Added a River
Cruise registration form as page 95. Updated section 3 above.
Archived the January & February 2016 entries from this section.
Added three more research web site links to page 80, section 6.1
and then moved section 6.9 to and entry in section 5. Added a
new section 6.9 with a site from Dave Shelander. Updated
page 0 with a link to page 95 and an asterisk indication as to
which pages have been translated to foreign languages.
May 1: Updated page 68, Systems ASOC with a note in the
introduction that the page is now available in the Latvian
April 21: Archived the March newsletter as we are
distributing the May news to our membership. Updated section 3
above to show details of the Syttende Mai luncheon on May 13.
De-activated the Volunteer Survey form, page 91.
April 8: Section 3 above, the buffet lunch will be hot food
versus previous cold sandwiches. Posted the May Article for the
Month. Revised this pages top right navigation section with
buttons. Added section 2.3 to page 38, Oral Interviews
and updated section 2.1 thereon.
April 1: Updated the picnic registration form, page 93.
Did some minor editing of the Introduction on this page, i.e.
added a highlighted JOIN US line and link.
March 24: Added section 6.9 to page 80. Added a Jacob Philips
submittal to section 5 of page 80.
March 20: Added a 'Get Directions' box to section 3 above.
Added section 2.2 to page 12. Last year Keith Myhre scanned the
repertoire cards we'd been
gathering before they were donated to the Charles Babbage
Institute. These are all now linked from the applicable computer,
software, peripheral, engineering, and IT Legacy pages.
March 18: Updated section 6.1 of page 19. Added the Google
'Get Directions' to section 3 above.
March 15: Updated section 3 above. Posted the April Article
for the month with links from page 15 and section 4 above.
Archived the January/February newsletter on page 15.
March 4: Updated section 1 above. Updated Club pages 2 and 5
with 2016 information. Archived the December 2015 newsletter,
see section 3 of page 7.
The October 2007 through February 2016 chronology
of previous updates is in printer definition format (pdf).
As of November 2009, changes to the Announcements section of this home page are not listed.
6. Venues, GPS Locations, and Driving Directions:
6.1 Unisys Plant 4 in Roseville: Set your GPS unit to Roseville MN, 2470 Highcrest Road. From Hwy 35W north; exit onto W County Rd C to go west a mile,
then turn left onto Walnut St. Then turn right onto Terminal Road for half a block, turn right at Highcrest Rd. to building entrance.
From 35W south, exit on Industrial Way / St. Anthony Blvd off ramp, turn left, drive under the freeway, then turn right onto Walnut St.
Follow it 0.8 mi north then turn left on Terminal Road. Go ½ block and enter the UNISYS parking lot on the right.
From Hwy 36 east, drive west until 36 joins Hwy 35W just past Hwy 280, then exit at the Industrial Way / St. Anthony Blvd. off ramp of 35W.
Go north on St. Anthony Blvd. to Walnut St. [the first street on the right]. Turn right onto Walnut Street.
From Hwy 280 northbound, use left lane exit just past County Rd B for Terminal road access [St Croix St.] Turn left at Terminal Rd, then 1.5 mi. to Highcrest Rd.
6.2 Unisys MACS in Eagan: Set your GPS unit to Eagan MN, 3199 Pilot Knob Road. From Hwy 35E take the Pilot Knob Road exit ramp. Then go north on Pilot Knob Road about ½ mile to Tower View Road. We use the Unisys north parking lot and the visitor entrance thereby.
6.3 Lawshe Museum in South St. Paul: Set your GPS unit to South Saint Paul, 130 Third Avenue. From the Roseville area,
take Hwy 36 to I-35E south toward downtown St. Paul. Get into the left lane then take the I-94/Hwy 52 left exit to merge onto Hwy 52 going south. 3.4 miles later, take the Butler Ave exit and turn left. Go 0.7 mi and turn right onto MN156 S. After 1.8 mi, turn right onto Grand Ave. W – Drive up the hill a block and turn left; the parking lot is then 400 ft. on the left. From the Eagan area,
take I494 toward the Mississippi river then take exit #65 onto 7th Ave. Turn left and drive a mile to South view Blvd, turn right at the light. After 0.3 mi, turn left onto 3rd Ave – the museum parking lot is then 0.2 mi on the right.
LMCO: Set your GPS unit to Eagan, MN,
1303 Corporate Center Drive, Suite 100. From Roseville area, take 35E south through St. Paul then exit to the west onto I-494. Then take exit 71 for Co Rd 31 (Pilot Knob Road) and go south.
Turn left onto Corporate Center Drive, then when you see the Lockheed
Martin sign, turn left, start up the hill then turn left into the parking log - drive through the parking lot to the west side of the building and turn left into that parking lot section. Enter the building through the west door. From Minneapolis or Bloomington, get onto 494 going East then take exit 71 onto Pilot Knob Road going south - then follow the
Corporate Center Drive instructions above.
6.5 Highland Park: Set your GPS unit to St Paul, 1200 Montreal Ave. From the Roseville area; take 36 to 35E going south through the city, exit at W 7th (Hwy 5) and turn right. After three blocks angle right onto Montreal Ave and drive uphill ½ mile. The Pavilion is on the left. From the Eagan area take 35E north toward St. Paul, exit at W 7th (Hwy) 5 and turn left. Proceed to Montreal Ave angling right and drive ½ mile. From St. Paul, find Snelling Avenue, drive south to Montreal Ave then turn left. Drive ¼ mile to Pavilion on right.
6.6 Casper's Cherokee House in Eagan:
Set your GPS to Eagan MN, 4625 Nicols Road, From I35E, take the Cliff Road exit and go West to Nicols, turn left. From Cedar Ave, take the Cliff Road exit, go East to Nicols, then turn right.
6.7 Mermaid in New Brighton: Set your GPS unit to Moundsview, MN - 2200 CR 10. From Roseville, Minneapolis, and other southwest points - take I35W north then at exit 28C take ramp right for CR10, cross over the bridge then turn left onto Co. Rd H. From Eagan and southeast points - take I35E north to I694 West, keep in the right lane for Hwy 10, get into the left lane, cross over I35W then turn left onto Co Rd H.
6.8 Charles Babbage Institute: Set your GPS address to 222 - 21st Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55455. The walking location is Room #211 in the Andersen Library second floor. For parking, the closest is lot C86/the Law School lot that has shared contract and visitor parking. A parking alternate site is the city parking next to the Marriott Courtyard hotel, formerly Holiday Inn at seven corners. This is about 1.5 blocks to the west of CBI, 1 block east of the I35W Washington Avenue freeway exit.
6.9 Joseph's Grill in St. Paul:
Set your GPS address to St Paul, MN - 140 Wabasha St S 55107.
From the Roseville area take
35E South toward St Paul, get into the left lane and exit onto
Hwy 52 going south. After crossing the Mississippi river,
take the ramp right for Lafayette Rd toward Plato Blvd.
right onto Plato (west) for 0.2 mi then turn right onto Wabasha
(north). After 1/2 mi, Joseph's will be on the right. From the Eagan area take 35E
north to I494 east to Hwy 52 going north. Take the ramp right for Lafayette Road then turn left (west) onto Plato Blvd.
After 0.7 mi, turn right (north) onto Wabasha, Joseph's will be on the right after 1/2 mi.
6.10 Lost Spur in Eagan:
Set your GPS to St Paul, 2750 Sibley Memorial
Hwy, 55121 or take exit #98 off I-35E onto Lone Oak Road. Go west
across Pilot Knob Road and then down the hill to Hwy 13. Turn right
and proceed north ~ ½ miles to the Lost Spur (City View)
entrance on the right.
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