- April 15, 11:00 AM:
Volunteer Recognition Luncheon at Joseph's Grill in St. Paul,
see section 3, Next Event. - The March and April newsletters
had survey forms for your 2014 volunteer hour submittals or click
for the on-line survey.
Driving directions are in
section 6.10 below.
- April 24, 10:30 =>
3:30: Roseville Good Old Days - the 7th
annual gathering of former and current Roseville
employees will again be held at the
Mermaid in Moundsview.
icon below for history. An entry fee of $1 is needed to cover the room
rental, everything else is 'Dutch Treat.' A cash
bar and a selection of foods will be available
at a reasonable cost. Please send a note to
firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate whether
you'll be there and if you plan to have lunch.
This will give them an estimate for their
kitchen and give us a list for name tag
pre-printing. If you cannot attend but would
like to keep in contact, we will have a bulletin
board on which messages can be posted [mail to
VIP Club, attn RGOD P.O. Box 131748
Roseville, MN 55113-0020 (include a recent
photo of yourself.)] Driving directions are in section 6.8 below.
- Did you work on
ABCCC? browse to
– the retirement of an ABCCC platform is a tacit tribute to
our heritage of systems engineering aboard a Lockheed aircraft.
by Tim Johnson !!!warning,
if you are there taking
snapshots, there is heavy
equipment moving about!!! [2/16]
- Old Plant 8:
Demolition of the vacated LMCO
Eagan facility started this
week [2/9]. Les Nelson copied the
following from the internet: "Johannson said
asbestos is being removed from the
620,000-square-foot vacant Lockheed building and
demolition could begin this month. "Crews
have salvaged 8 million pounds of steel, 58 tons
of copper, and 60 tons of aluminum from the old
Lockheed facility," Johannson said. Another 100
million pounds of concrete will be recycled as
aggregate for the retail project." Mark
Wilson took this photo.
Computer History video from the University!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4tHC4FxxlA. 1102 Project Engineer, Warren Burrell, and Speed Talley engineer Don Weidenbach are shown in the 2nd half of this video about ERA.
Submitted by Keith Myhre.
- May 12 - The board will
not be hosting a program meeting on this
date as previously announced. Rather, we
strongly suggest that Club members consider
attending the Syttende Mai luncheon on May 15th
at Casper's in Eagan. See page 8 for 40+ year
history of 'UNIVAC
- Exhibit posters under
review: The first of these is
available for your perusal - send your comments to
- Site updated! As of
March 1st, 2015 our HOME page is named the CLUB
page. Also, we've combined the Contact Us and
Links page and updated the footer quick link
line. If you notice any unusual structure on any
page, please contact the webmaster to effect a
- Volunteer Opportunities:
The Legacy Committee needs periodic volunteers for the DCHS Lawshe Museum, contact
Bernie Jansen or
Harvey Taipale. The
is to help write exhibit storyboards. Primarily on Tuesday mornings, however after a brief
task introduction by lead volunteers, museum public open days are ok.
- The VIP Club
Board has a
position - we'd
prefer a UNISYS
on the board. If
then attend a
Board meeting or
one year or more
- IT Legacy is International:
[translations and postings with permission of the VIP Club Board as requested by the translator]
- The Home page introduction and the IT Legacy page, Pg 10 have been translated into the
German Language, by Dieter Hoffmann.
- Our Systems, Pg 60 translated to the Polish language,
- Our Computers, 16-bit page 54 has been translated into the Bulgarian Language, browse
Our IT Legacy, Pg 10 was translated into the Romanian Language, now off of the net
- Our Computers, Pg 50 is on the web in the Slovenian Language, browse
Contact Lowell to post items in this section. TOPΔ
3. Next Event Summary
April 15, 11:00 AM:
On Wednesday, April 15th the VIP Club
will host the annual Recognition Event for VIP
Club members who performed volunteer services in
2014. This year the Board approved a “Tuscany
Buffet” luncheon at Joseph’s Grill in St.
Paul. April is National Volunteer Month and our
Recognition Luncheon honors all VIP Club members
who perform volunteer services wherever they
Last year, the 98 VIP Club members who responded
to our 2013 Survey, donated over 22,700 hours to
various organizations in Minnesota, Arizona,
Illinois, and Texas. The estimated value of
these services in 2013 exceeded $520,000.
Please, if you haven't already done so, click
for the on-line survey of your volunteer
hours even if you can't make this luncheon.
Section 6.10 below has GPS and driving directions
Future VIP Club hosted programs and events are listed on our calendar page. TOPΔ
4. Article for the Month: Please send email@example.com your articles for
June and July consideration.
April: Blue Bell to LMCO
employee, Harry Goldbacher [1965-2007] has bits
of his career summary in a hardware paper [wired
up] and in a personal paper [Mentor
March: George Gray has
extracted several pages of NSA use of
computers during the 60s and 70s.
February: Craig Solomonson wrote about his found treasure, perhaps the world's first 8-bit microcomputer built by UNIVAC in 1972! Thanks to Steve Newcomer and others for the development history.
January: Our B-2 Stealth Bomber processor development - project engineer Jim Inda has written a paper with some inputs from Mike Wold, one of the program managers.
Previous 'Article for the Month' items are listed and linked on the Legacy Project, Documents page; over 100 items since April, 2007. TOPΔ
5. Site Update Log*
March 21: Added an Iron Ore weighing tidbit from
Larry Bolton into section 5 on page 41. Added
info about Harvey Taipale into section 2 of page
37. Added folder definitions in section 3.3 of
Site Design & Map, Pg 0. Continued house
March 18: Posted Larry Debelak's career summary
as section 3.6 of page 32. Archived the Jan/Feb,
2015 newsletter on page 7, section 3. Ran a
software link check then either repaired or
removed all broken links.
March 17: Updated page 0 and did some associated
housekeeping of the Club and Club sub-tab pages.
Updated section 3.3 of page 57 with a link to
project engineer Jim Inda's story.
March 13: Posted the April 'Article for the
Month'. Updated the Next Event section on this
page. Updated sections 2 and 3 of page 19, IT
Added the Mark DiVecchio site link to section 5
of page 80.
March 5: Combined the Links and Contacts pages.
Updated the footer quick link string
accordingly. Added the UNIVAC Products - St.
Paul, 1947-1959 pdf file link to section 3 of
page 15. Added Ginger Carter's comments to page
16, section 2. Updated the Calendar page with
Syttende Mai substituted for a Club May program.
February 21: Added a new section 7.0 to Systems,
Aerospace page 66. Added Denny English's
comments to section 2 of page 16. Added a 1990 1100/2200 series document
link into section 3 of Documents, Pg 15. Added
section 2.4 to Systems, Airborne Page 62. Began
a transition of navigation tab names: 1) Home,
Pg 1 to Club, Pg 1 2) Board, Pg 2 to About Us,
Pg 2, and Facilities, Pg 70 to
Facilities, Pg70 and started replacing the
footer navigation links with our thematic
February 18: Updated section 1 of People pages
30-37. Added directions to Joseph's as section
6.10 below and corrected section 6.4. Archived
the December newsletter.
February 16: Updated section 2 of
table lists, page by page, people who
contributed to sections within that page. A few
other pages received typo clean ups as I was
reviewing during the the table update.
Also updated the volunteer page to reflect a
luncheon versus a breakfast meeting.
February 11: Posted the March Article for the
Month in section 4 of this page and on the IT
Legacy, documents page. Updated the Next event
section of this page, the Calendar page, and
archived the November 2014 newsletter, see the
Newsletter page. Transferred the August through
November update log (this section) to the
January 31, 2015: Posted the February Article for the Month in section 4 of this page and on the IT Legacy, documents page.
December 29: Updated the URL for the Unisys Blue Bell Retirement Group from .com to .org on this page and on the links page. Activated the 2014 Volunteer Hours survey form page.
December 15: Posted the January 'Article for the Month' on this page and on the IT Legacy, documents page; updated this page's introduction with two links to BLUE BELL associated pages; posted the summary of 2014 deceased persons as reported in the 2014 newsletters on the People, Deceased page; updated the next event section of this page; Updated the contact us page with 2015 officer information; updated section 3.4 of the People, A-B page and the pdf file linked therein; updated the 2015 dates on the calendar page; and posted the 2015 Board on the Home, About page.
December 8: Updated the Calendar page. Added directions to the Eagan LMCO facility to section 6 below.
October 2007 through
December 2014 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. TOPΔ
6. Venue 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 - note map inset at right. 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.
6.4 Lockheed Martin IS&GS-Civil: 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 LMCO 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 Ft. Snelling Officers' Club: Set your GPS unit to St Paul MN, 5512 Post Road, The Club is located on a service road off of Minnesota Highway 5, at the east side of the MSP airport. Take the Hwy 5 Post Road Exit at the southeast corner of the airport, go east then follow the signs to the Officers’ Club. There is ramp access to the building and handicapped parking on the upper level.
6.7 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.
6.8 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.
6.9 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.
6.10 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. Turn
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.
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