- May 15, 11:00 AM - The board will
not be hosting a program meeting on 12 May as previously announced. Rather, we
strongly suggest that Club members attend the
DNA expert presentation at the
Syttende Mai luncheon on May 15th at Casper's in
See Next Event
- June 10, 3:00 PM
- Annual reunion picnic at the Highland Park
Pavilion in St. Paul. We do need registration
for ordering food amount and doing name tags -
Print, fill in, and then mail the form
June 2 - Picnic
you have old documents or hardware artifacts to
contribute to our Legacy preservation, bring
them to the picnic, we'll have a collection
table in the south end of the shelter.
- August 12, 11:45
- The Club is planning a
Mississippi River Cruise, details and
available for printing and mailing. Boarding
time is 11:45 for the noon sailing. We need your
reservation form on or
before July 10 as we must pre-pay to
receive a discounted group rate. Remember to
bring your camera and capture great scenery or
wildlife. Driving directions in 6.11 below.
- Roseville Good Old Days: The eighth Good Old Days reunion for people that used to work at
Univac/Unisys in Roseville was another success with somewhere between 380 and 400 people
attending on April 24. Event pictures were taken by the photographer, David Wilhelm. To view, go to
The date for next year’s Good Old Days reunion has been set for Friday, 6 May 2016.
How to serve your fellow
The VIP Club Board has a vacant Director position - we'd prefer a UNISYS Roseville retiree as
members from that facility are under-represented on the board. If at all interested; contact the
Vice President then attend a Board meeting or two before committing to 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
to post items in this section. TOP Δ
3. Next Event Summary
May 15, 11:00 AM:
On Friday, the VIP Club will
participate at the Syttende Mai luncheon at Casper's in Eagan.
This is more than a Norwegian heritage gathering, an
expert will tell us about what DNA can
tell a person about their ancestral roots.
The cost is $17 per person for a
delightful buffet. Please send a note to
Phelps if you plan to attend so that they can get the food
amount estimate. The first UNIVAC employees Syttende Mai was in
1973 - now mostly retirees and more than just those of us with
Norwegian heritage. See page 8 for 40+ year history of
Section 6.7 below has GPS and driving directions
Future VIP Club hosted programs and events are listed on our calendar page.
4. Article for the Month: Please send firstname.lastname@example.org your articles for
July or August consideration.
MATCALS - A
30- Year Life - submitted by Ron Irwin
Preservation Partnerships". Lowell Benson's
paper describes Club partnerships with our
hosts, the Charles Babbage Institute, and the
Dakota County Historical Society.
A CBI published short version of
this paper is on-line at
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 UNIVAC 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, Hal Rogers, and others for the development history.
Previous 'Article for the Month' items are listed and linked on the Legacy Project, Documents
page 15; over 100 items since April, 2007.
5. Site Update Log*
May 12: Added section 6.4 to the Legacy,
Exhibits page 19. Added a link to the CBI
published variation of the May 'Article for the
May 1: Posted the June 'Article for the Month'
in section 4 above and on the IT Legacy,
Documents page 15. In section 3 of page 15,
posted a link to a 1976 AN/UYK-20
thesis paper by Joyce.
April 20: Added section 6.10 to Pg 80, Contacts and Links. Made the Picnic Registration Form and the Volunteer Survey page a sub tab of
the Contacts and Links page. Corrected the 1532 printer
unit type on page 47.
Posted the Mississippi River Cruise flyer.
Archived the March newsletter.
April 15: Updated section 6 of Exhibits, page 19.
Update the calendar, page 3 and posted the May
'Article for the Month'. Updated
the next event, section 3 of this page.
Also did some general housekeeping of various
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.
October 2007 through
February 2015 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. TOP Δ
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.
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.
6.11 Harriet Island in St. Paul:
From the North, go to
downtown St Paul then get onto Robert St going south to cross
the bridge. Turn right onto Plato Blvd, then drive past Wabasha
and turn right on Dr. Justus O' Hage Blvd.
From the South, take Hwy #52
then exit right toward Plato Blvd. Turn left onto Plato then
drive past Robert St, past Wabasha, then turn right on Dr.
Justus O' Hage Blvd.
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