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2013 IT Legacy Logo 1. Welcome to our Site:

  The VIP CLUB was created in 1980 as the Sperry Retirees Club, a non-profit, social and service organization. From 75 initial members, we've grown to over 1,000 retirees, former employees, and retirement eligible employees of Unisys, Lockheed Martin (LMCO), and their Twin Cities 'heritage’ companies illustrated in the icon at the left. For a printable VIP Club summary flyer and membership form, click here. Unisys currently has facilities in Roseville and Eagan while LMCO has an Air Traffic Management engineering facility on Trapp Road in Eagan.
   This web site is a living document of our continuing IT Legacy. With two levels of web page select tabs, we provide Club information as sub-tabs under this Home page and the Contact Us tab. The other page select tabs are an anthology of our Information Technology (IT) Pioneering.  This IT Legacy consists of People who Engineered Computers and Systems at Locations in the St. Paul MN environs and throughout the world. 

   Our volunteers are preserving documents of this IT Legacy at the University of Minnesota's Charles Babbage Institute in Minneapolis, MN and with an exhibit of artifacts, hardware, and posters at the Dakota County Historical Society's Lawshe Museum located in South St. Paul, MN.   Welcome continued at right =>

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  1. Welcome to our web site [left]
  2. Announcements*
  3. Next Event Summary
  4. Article for the Month
  5. Site update log* as of 1/31/2014
  6. Directions to Event Venues
  7. Disclaimer

*Announcement changes are not listed in section 5

     VIP Page 01 updated January 31, 2015.

Some aspects of our IT Legacy were coupled with corporate sister divisions, i.e. click these two page links to read about EMCC and Unisys Blue Bell in PA. Their Retirees' Club web site is

2. Announcements:

  • Interesting Computer History video from the University! 1102 Project Engineer, Warren Burrell, and Speed Talley engineer Don Weidenbach are shown in the 2nd half of this video about ERA.
  • February 11, 7:00 PM (Note that this is a Tuesday evening): 'The Blue Zone', see next Event Summary below. 
  • March 10, 7:00 PM: Navy Command Center by Brent McMurray at the LMCO, Eagan Air Traffic Mgmt engineering facility.
  • April 15, 11:00 AM: Volunteer Recognition Luncheon at Joseph's Grill in St. Paul - The March and April newsletters will have survey forms for your 2014 volunteer hour submittals or click here for the on-line survey.  
  • Old Plant 8 - Courtesy of Dan Carlson - Plant razing may occur beginning in January of 2015:

    Brian Kleinke (LMCO IS & GS Eagan) has assembled a pictorial history of the facility starting over 2  years ago. Looks like the old Eagan facility will have a destiny with the wrecking ball, here is the link to Brian’s pictures to date.

    Volunteer Opportunities: The Legacy Committee needs periodic volunteers for the DCHS Lawshe Museum, contact Bernie Jansen or Harvey Taipale. The needs are to help with photo identifications and to write exhibit storyboards for the various equipments and artifacts in storage. Primarily on Tuesday mornings, however after a brief work intro by lead volunteers, museum public open days are ok.
  • IT Legacy is International: [translations and postings with permission of the VIP Club Board as requested by the translator]
    1. The Home page introduction and the IT Legacy page, Pg 10 have been translated into the German Language, by Dieter Hoffmann. 
    2. Our Systems, Pg 60 translated to the Polish language,
    3. Our Computers, 16-bit page 54 has been translated into the Bulgarian Language, browse
    4. Our IT Legacy, Pg 10 was translated into the Romanian Language, browse
    5. Our Computers, Pg 50 is on the web in the Slovenian Language, browse

Contact Lowell to post items in this section:

3. Next Event Summary

February 11th, 7:00 PM: Please join us at the Unisys, Roseville facility. Amy Tomezyk will present The Blue Zone, pockets of people in city and state enjoying long lives.  Valentine cookies and de-caf coffee will be available.  

Section 6 below has GPS and driving directions

Future VIP Club hosted programs and events are listed on our calendar page. TOP

4. Article for the Month: Please send your articles for March and April consideration.

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.  

December: Donald L. Ream has been nominated as a name of a future US Navy Ship. Most people knew Don as our Navy customer - a few know that he was an ERA employee in Washington DC for a period of time in the early 50s.

November: Two articles for this month from Lawshe Museum employees. First, a report on 'Accessioning in View' by Andrew Fox then LMCO volunteerism by Sally Anderson. These two articles were extracted from a recent DCHS publication by Lawshe Museum Trustee, Bernie Jansen. Posted herein “Courtesy of Dakota County Historical Society”.  

Previous 'Article for the Month' items are listed and linked on the Legacy Project, Documents page; over 100 items since April, 2007.  TOP

5. Site Update Log*

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. Add directions to the Eagan LMCO facility to section 6 below.

November 26: Updated the Next event section of this page and archived the October newsletter, see the Newsletter page. Transferred the May through July update log to the chronology document.

November 8: Posted the December 'Article for the Month'.  Added the planned club event schedule to the Calendar page.

October 20: Archived the September newsletter, updated section 3.4 of page 31, continued some update work, updated the next event section of this page, and posted the Christmas Dinner reservation form on the Contact Us page.

September 20: Archived the July/August newsletter.

September 18: Posted the October and November 'Articles for the Month' in section 4 above and on the documents page. Also updated the Next Event Summary in section 3 above.

September 5: Updated the Periodic Groups, Page 8.

October 2007 through August 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.   TOP

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 third sentence from Roseville area 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: Directions are pending  


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