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Information Technology (IT) Pioneers

Retirees and former employees of Unisys, Lockheed Martin, and their heritage companies

Web Site Contents

VIP Club Pages

Page # Page Name Sections of the Club Pages
0 Site Map THIS PAGE! Club Pages, Design Framework, Site Navigation, Legacy Chapters' contents, File folders, and revision history. 
1 Home Search this Site, Welcome, Announcements, Prior Notices, Zoom Meeting Request, Club Calendar, FAQs, Browsing Tips, and the Site Disclaimer.
2 About Us Introduction, The Board, Committees, Elections, and Revision History Log.
3 Activities, Social What's Happening; Periodic Group Gatherings; Last Event Report; Recreation groups; Histories of the Geek Squad, Old Timers, Roseville Good Old Days, Syttende Mai, Unihogs/Uniturkeys, and Volunteer Luncheons; plus Venue Locations.
4 Membership Dues, Link to a printable form, membership benefits, membership qualifications, and membership catagory definitions.
5 Newsletter Introduction, Archive of Club newsletters since 2004 plus links to the most recent CBI newsletter.  Links to the final Blue Bell retirees group newsletters.
6 Recreation Inactive, see Social Activities Golf League, Bowling League, Electronics Club, and a linked listing of the Twin Cities' area senior centers.
7 Club History History, Milestones, Previous Officers, Origination by Millie Gignac.
8 Contacts-Links Board Contacts; Twin Cities Links; Associated Retiree Web Sites; Technology Research Sites; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM); and Links Submitted by Club Members.
9 Gallery This is a new page of pictures replacing the previous 'who is it page". Introduction, Recent Additions, Special Events, and Who Is It?
10 Picnic Form Annual announcement, reservation form, and venue directions - annual update
11 Volunteer Form Announcement, survey/reservation forms, and venue directions - annual update
12 Thanks 2 U A thank you page that pops up after a person has submitted the Membership data change form from page 4.
13 Cruise Form Introduction, driving directions - registration form - Change per event desired.
14-16   Reserved for new Club items. Old page #s, i.e. page 15 was documents before we started Our Stories
17 Test pages Page to experiment with embedded membership change scripts. Or volunteerism survey on-line form. Or old membership form.
18 Blank Page Blank template for the build of new Club pages, uses master.dwt.
19 Blank Chapter Blank template for the build of new Legacy Chapters, uses master2.dwt.

Legacy Anthology Chapters and sections therein 

  • Chapter 1 - IT Anthology: Search Box, Introduction, Committee, Project Successes, Thank You, Acronyms
    • Chapter 2 - ERA to LMCO; 75-year Introduction, Corporate Name History, General Managers,
    • Chapter 3 - EMCC to UNISYS; Philadelphia Introduction, UNISYS Corporate Genealogy, UNISYS Milestones, UNISYS Computers, Networking History, and UNIVAC III pictures. 
    • Chapter 4 - Burroughs, etc.: Introduction, Burroughs bought Sperry, RCA,  {place holders for other predecessors}
    • Chapter 5 - Minnesota's Technology Wellspring Milestones, 1946 to 2017
    • Chapter 6 - Commerative Plaque, Spinoffs of ERA and CDC 1953-1994; Northport Engineering; and Printware Inc.
    • Chapter 7 - Artifacts: Models, Printed Circuit Cards, Memory Modules, and Power Supply.
    • Chapter 8 - Mementos: Service Awards, Plaques, and Trinkets.
    • Chapter 9 - Place holder for future topic
  • Chapter 10 - People: Introduction; Listing of Career Summary submittals; 9/11 experiences by Doll, Taipale, Halls, Roselle, and Reischel; plus, Diversity tidbits by Soquist, Benson, Chin, and Unke.
    • Chapter 11 - People A-B: Article contributors; Career Summaries by Abbott, Alton, Andrews, Arnold, and Allen; and Summaries by Becker, Behnke, Benjamin, Benson, Blackmer, Blattie, Block, Bohne, Bolton, Bougie, Bro, Bukovich, Burns, Burrell, Butler, and Bower. 
    • Chapter 12 - People C-F: Article contributors; Career Summaries by Casey, Chapine, Chappelear, Christ, Covington, and Cross; Summaries by Davis, Devlaminck, Doll, Donaldson, Dotzler, Duncan, and Debelak; Summaries by Edwards, Enstad, and Esch; and Summaries by Fedor, Lyle Franklin, and Les Flugum.
    • Chapter 13 - People G-H: Article contributors; Career Summaries by Geiger, Gignac, Gildemeister, Giles, Goulding, Granberg, Gregory, Grendzinski, Grewenow, Gunderson, Gunderson, and Gunther; and summaries by Halverson, Hambleton, Hanson, Hartmann, Heiden, Hileman, Hoffman, Horne, Hove, and Hyslop.
    • Chapter 14 - People I-L: Article contributors; Career Summary by Irwin and Iskos; Summary by Jurgens; Summaries by Kenny, Kistler, Kloner, Klugherz, Kolling, Kratz, Kuhns and Koltes; and Summaries by Lahti, Langer, Lantto, Lovely, and Lundgren.
    • Chapter 15 - People M-O: Article contributors; Career Summaries by Mager, Manning, McCarthy, McKenna, Michaud, Miller, Moe, Mortison, Mozak, K. Myhre, P. Myhre, and Bob Myller; Summaries by Nellis, Curt Nelson, Ed Nelson, Ken Nelson, Les Nelson, and Neumann; and Summaries by 'Ole', Jim Overocker, and Jim Olijinek.
    • Chapter 16 - People P-R: Article contributors; Career Summaries by Pagac, Parkins, Petschauer, Patton, Pejsa, Phipps, Pickering, Plait, and Prokop; Summary by Quiggle; and Summaries by Rapinac, Raveling, Reiter, Roberts, Roessler, and Rougier.
    • Chapter 17 - People S: Article contributors; Career Summaries by Sandstrom, Sandusky, Santoski, Sater, Scholz, Schwitters, Sinkula, Soller, Spearing, Spitzmueller, Stephenson, Svendsen, Sloan, Schmidt, Suckstorff, and Spring.
    • Chapter 18 - People T-Z: Article contributors; Career Summaries by Tilford, Tofteland, and Taipale; Summaries by Valentini and Vraa; Summaries by Walzer, Weidenbach, Weinhold, Westergren, Widenkopf, Widdoss, and Wold; and Summary by Yahr.
    • Chapter 19 - Deceased: Introduction; Obituary Logs; and Testimonials for Arndt, Bergum, Blixt, Casey, Champine, Cohen, Frank, Hargesheimer, Higgenbothem, Hill, Homan, Huberty, Joseph, Keye, Kiesling, Kucera, Markfelder, McDonald, Ream, Reid, Rubens, Tomash, Wesslund, Zimmer, and Williams.
    • Chapter 20 - They Flew: Oscar Lundbeck; Ensuing ASW flyers Tomisch, Barness, Kratz, Nickell, and Ronneberg; Noyes; Jack Anderson and Lowell Benson; Quent Fabro; Ron Handy; Tricia Myhre; John Enstad; Special Program flyers Cady, Bezdicek, and Ken J. Nelson; Hydrofoil flying Cady, Herbster, and Benson; and ABCCC flyers - Svenson, Rossman, Vitale, and DuBrall. 
    • Chapter 21 - Anecdotes: HSA Recollections by Ole and Benson, Musings by Rapinac, John Alton's Recollecions, Legend of Jerry Green, John Markfelder, Marketing by Franklin, Environmental Laboratory, NTDS software, and SHINPADS by Ron Schroeder.
    • Chapter 22 - People Interviewed Introduction; Interviewee Snippets of Rapinac, Hargesheimer, Shoquist, Jack Hill, and Larry Debelak; Interview questions by Ole; ERA Old Timers - recordings of Bill Butler, Jim Wright, Jerry Williams, Ed Nelson, Jack Ross, Bernie Jansen, Bob Wesslund, Leo Bock, Alden Allen, Phil Phipps, Chuck Homan, Gale Jallen, and Warren Burrell; Additional videos of Myron Lecy, Roy Valentini, Manny Block, and a 2nd of Phil Phipps.
    • Chapters 23 thru 28 - These are place holders for new people stories or to resize some of the larger chapters of 11 thru 18.
    • Chapter 29 - People Index: 1) Alphabetical index of people mentioned within Legacy chapters and 2) Chapter by chapter of names of people who have contributed to the chapter. This chapter needs verification.   
  • Chapter 30 - Locations - Introduction; Original ERA buildings summaries by Benson, Lundgren, and Wise plus NSTR by Michaud and Nilsson. 
    • Chapter 31 - Twin Cities': Introduction; 1987 facilities listing; Descriptions of Plant 1, Plant 3, Plant 4, Plant 5, Plant 6, Plant 6 the second, Plant 7, Plant 8, and the MACS building.
    • Chapter 32 - United States sites: Introduction; Manufacturing Facilities in Salt Lake City UT, Clearwater FL, Pueblo CO, and Clear Lake IA; Customer sites in Rockville MD, Valencia CA, and San Diego CA; TSD offices; and Marketing Offices.  
    • Chapter 33 - International sites: Introduction; Canada; Europe's Bad Godesberg and Paris; Pacific Rim; and Australia, Africa, and Asia.
    • Chapter 34 - Blue Bell history: Introduction; List of ENIAC firsts; UNIVAC I, II, and III; Technical Publications; Other design efforts; and Stories from Blue Bell Pioneers Chapline, Bartik, Gehring, Smoliar, Wilson, and Chintz; plus the UNIVAC Magnetic Tape plating facility.
    • Chapter 35 - place holder for Clearwater, FL.
    • Chapter 36 - place holder for Pueblo, CO.
    • Chapter 37 - St. Paul Operations: An Emmett Johnson organization chart -
    • Chapter 38 - Winnipeg Operations,: Introduction, 2012 Reunion, People, Facilities, and Products
    • Chapter 39 - place holder for tbd.   
  • Chapter 40 - Engineering - Introduction; Frank Kline tidbits; PC Design by Bob Langer; Maintenance Panels by Larry Bolton; Embedded Processors by Harry Wise; and Computer Aided Design (CAD) by Earl Vraa, et al.   
    • Chapter 41 - Couplers & ERA Products: Introduction, Antenna Couplers, Crosley GSE, Doppler Wind Drift Indicator, and other ERA products.
    • Chapter 42 - Component Engineering: Introduction, Component Analysis, Pulse Transformers, Motley Crew, Procurement, Product Assurance, and Semiconductor Development.
    • Chapter 43 - Field Service: Introduction, History of Field Service by Dick Roessler, Johnston Island and Vandenberg AFB by Neumann and Sandusky, and Refurbishment by Koltes..
    • Chapter 44 - Interface engineering: Introduction, Low Level Serial, Fiber Optics, 1773, SHINPADS, and communications systems.
    • Chapter 45 - Memory Engineering: Introduction, Drum Memories, Braided Wire Memory, Plated Wire Memory, Bubble Memory, Film Memory, Core Memory, and Semi-conductor Memory.
    • Chapter 46 - Patents: Introduction, Archi Lahti, Lee Granberg, Gary Grundy, Charles Kiesling, Gerald Williams, Cost Savings, and Dockets.
    • Chapter 47 - Peripherals: Introduction, DEAC by Kuhns, Commercial I/O consoles, Ruggedized I/O Consoles, Magnetic Tape Units, Display Units, Repertoire cards, and Technical Manuals.
    • Chapter 48 - Software: Introduction; Athena; MAPPER Stories by Del Fiacco, Schlueter, and Thalhuber with Code Cards; NTDS by Byrne; Simulation Development by Pluimer, Navy Compilers by Clyde Allen; and 1103 Software by Ross.
    • Chapter 49 - Training: Introduction; Recollections by Lyle of TAC, File Computer, Technician Training, and UNIVAC Scientific; and People stories of Glen Kregness and Gary Holthusen.
  • Chapter 50 - Computers: Introduction; Level 2 Chapter summaries, NTDS Computer Models, Computer Genealogy, and Genealogy Comments by Harry Wise.
    • Chapter 51 - 24-bit CPUs: Introduction; Genealogy Chart; CPUs Classified, ATLAS 1101, ATHENA, 1824, CP-818, CP-823, and Speed Tally; Repertoire Cards; and Technical Manuals.
    • Chapter 52 - 30-bit CPUs: Introduction; Technologies; Browser Comments, CPU summaries for the 1104, USQ-17, M-460, USQ-20, CP-642A, CP-642B, CP-808, CP-823, Phoenix, 1230, CP-890, CP-901, 1830B, UYK-8, 1530 MTC, FAA IOOP, and ARTS III IOP; Repertoire Cards; and Technical Manuals.
    • Chapter 53 - 18-bit CPUs: Introduction; Computer Family; Type 580, Unit descriptions of 1218, U1500, 1219B, 1219C!, 1818, 1819, UYK-11, and 418 computer series; Repertoire Cards; and Technical Manuals.
    • Chapter 54 - 16-bit CPUs: Introduction; Genealogy; Unit descriptions of 1616, UYK-15, MPC16, 3760, UYK-20, AYK-14, UYK-5056, 1834, UYK-44, and UYK-507; Repertoire Cards; and Technical Manuals.
    • Chapter 55 - 32-bit CPUs: Introduction; Computer Family; Unit descriptions of UYK-7, AYK-10, CP-140, S-3B, and UYK-43; Memory Processor; Repertoire Cards; and Technical Manuals.
    • Chapter 56 - 36-bit CPUs: Introduction; Unit descriptions of 1103, 1105, and CP-667; Repertoire Cards; and Technical Manuals.
    • Chapter 57 - AF Units: Introduction; Genealogy Chart; and Unit descriptions of 2052, RMF-400, WASP, B-2, YF-23, and JSF (Joint Strike Fighter).
    • Chapter 58 - Special Purpose: Introduction; 1624; Unit descriptions of UDT, NIKE, RISC, CP-2044, USQ-69 & UYQ-70, T3067 suitcase, and CLC; Special Purpose by John Alton and Wayne Olson; and MOD 0 by Lyle Franklin.
    • Chapter 59 - Commercial Computers: Introduction; Computer Tree 1950-63; Early Customer Lists; Early Computer References; Computer Tree 1962-80; Design Standardization; Beyond 1980; Repertoire Cards; and Technical Manuals. 
  • Chapter 60 - Systems: Introduction; Systems Evolution; and Tactical Air Command.  Many of these systems used our computers, software, and other products as described in the following level 2 tabs.
    • Chapter 61 - Air Traffic Control: Introduction; Genealogy of systems; Locations; Hardware descriptions; Software descriptions; Systems descriptions; Documents; Associated sites; and ZKSD
    • Chapter 62 - Airborne: Introduction; ASW stories by Blixt, Clement, Hunter and others; P-3 to S-3A by Rapinac; ABCCC by Debelak; Quicklook by CW4 Nesheim; and others such as LAMPS and Drone Systems.
    • Chapter 63 - Government Systems: Introduction; NEXRAD by Pickering, Lang, and Nelson; Postal; Agricultural; and Intelligent Vehicle Highway Systems.
    • Chapter 64 - International: Introduction: Canadian by McCarthy; Japanese by Lovely and Francis; Egyptian Navy by Booher; and European, Australia, Africa, Taiwan, and Thailand country summaries by Lundgren.
    • Chapter 65 - Marines: Introduction, TPQ-27 demonstration, MTDS, MATCALS, and TERPES.
    • Chapter 66 - Aerospace: Introduction, Vandenberg AFB, Johnston Island, AF Missile Tracking, Australia tracking station, Remote Tracking, NASA in Houston, and Others. 
    • Chapter 67 - Navy Systems: Introduction; Surveillance Systems; Systems' descriptions; Submarine systems; a Carrier Ride, TRANSIT GPS; and two NTDS Service Test stories from Pickering. 
    • Chapter 68 - ASOC: Introduction, System Chart, and Product Evoloution - thanks to Lauren Cady. 
    • Chapter 69 - Commercial Systems: Introduction, Topical info, Precision Agriculture, and Flight Reservation Systems.
  • Chapter 90 - Legacy Exhibits: Lawshe Memorial Museum in S St Paul; Unisys in Eagan; Charles Babbage Institute in Minneapolis; Minnesota Historical Society Museum in St. Paul; and The Computer History Museum, the USS Midway Museum, American Computer and Robotics Museum, the Vintage Computer Federation, Vintage Technology Association, the Southwest Museum of Engineering, Communications and Computation, System Source Computer Museum (SSCM), and the Hagley Museum.
  • Chapter 100 - Our Stories: Introduction, Monthly Articles, Slide Shows, and a listing of Books - each of which tells parts of our story.

Folders containing documents, images, etc.

This 4th level level consists of documents which open in their own window for easy return to the linking page. These are Print Documented Format (pdf) documents, Power Point slides, or jpg charts that supplement topics on the individual level 1 and level 2 chapters/pages.

  • Articles => This folder contains the Articles for the Month linked from the Our Stories chapter.
  • ATCntl => This folder contains the doc, ppt, jpg, and pdf files linked from the Systems, Air Traffic Control chapter.
  • BitsBakUp =>We have copied the ERA/UNIVAC/Sperry/UNISYS documents from for quick linking from our site and as a back up should their site disappear.
  • cgi-bin => This folder contains the script files referenced by the on-line forms.
  • ClubForms => Contains forms used by the board for awards, newsetters, etc.
  • CodeCards => Volunteer Keith Myhre has scanned over 100 code cards/repertoire cards for linking from various chapters. 
  • Documents => This folder contains the data files linked from the About Us and Contacts-Links pages.
  • EngDocImg => This folder contains the files linked from the Engineering and Computer chapters. 
  • images => This folder contains the icons and pictures linked from Club pages and icons common to multiple pages and chapters.
  • Gallery => This folder contains images for the photo gallery.
  • LegacyDocImg => This folder contains things associated with the Legacy Anthology chapter and its' sub-chapters not otherwise noted herein.
  • Newsletters => This folder contains the Club newsletters' print file links dating back to 2004.
  • PeopleDocImg => This folder contains the documents and image files linked from the People and Locations chapters.  This also has the archive of the annual 'deceased' listings. 
  • Photos => This folder contains the hardware artifact snapshots linked from the Legacy, Artifacts chapter; thanks to Larry Bolton for the listing and snapshots.
  • SysDocImg => This folder contains the files linked from the Systems and Locations chapters.
  • Temp => This folder contains images and documents which are in use temporarily. 

Revision History

  • 2023, included a CHAP section in the Legacy Anthology chapter.
  • 2022, Updated page and chapter layouts from three columns to a primary and right sidebar column. This eliminated the left side navigation tabs in favor of top only tabs. Also, added navigation links into footers - different for Club pages and Legacy Chapters.
  • 2021, Suspended use of embedded Perl scripting for on-line forms, cleaned up broken links and duplicate images. 
  • 2019, Began the webmaster transition from Lowell Benson to James Andrews
  • 2018, Revamped page numbering to use Page #s for the Club information foci and to use Chapter #s for Legacy Anthology information.
  • 2015, Transitioned from Sharepoint Designer to Microsoft Web Epression 4 web editing software.
  • 2011, When Microsoft started charging for their URLs, we evaluated hosts and chose as best meeting our cost and editing ease needs. Transitioned from .aspx formats to .html scripting language using Microsoft's Sharepoint Designer editing software.
  • 2008 through 2016, journeled the site updates as the Legacy Anthology grew.
  • 2007, We merged the Club and Legacy pages onto a 'free' Microsoft site, using FrontPage. 
  • 2006, Lowell Benson started a Legacy page on his personal site, used Microsoft's FrontPage editing software.
  • 2002, Joe Schwarz started a VIP Club web page on Yahoo.

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Site Design

Our four design levels are:

  1. Level 1, the three primary pages tabbed as Home, Legacy Anthology, and Contacts & Links;
  2. Level 2, the pages and chapters under the Level 1 tabs, i.e. About Us or Milestones, Newsletters, etc. 
  3. Level 3, the sections within the Level 1 and level 2 pages and chapters,
  4. Level 4, folders containing the articles, documents, images, and newsletters linked from the text within level 1, 2 and 3 sections.

Each right sidebar has the date of the last edit.
The webmaster uses Microsoft Expression Web 4 software to manage the site's content.

Site Navigation:

We've implemented features to aid reader's and browser's navigation:

  • In this sidebar column we provide quick links to topics within the Club pages or Legacy chapters. Also, page or  chapter supplemental information.
  • All of our footers have tabs to Level 1 pages plus several pages of interest, i. e. the site map.
  • All footers have a "TOP" icon for a quick scroll up. 
  • On longer pages, there are "TOP" icons at the right of several sections.
  • Google 'Search' blocks to find items or names on this site are on the Home page, the Legacy Anthology chapter, and the Contacts and Links page.
  • Occasional 'send message' links to Club personnel.