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

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Page 1 updated 11/11/19. Next update about 11/25/2019.

*60 topical chapters.

Club's Calendar:

Social Activities tab at left has details. 

  1. December 5th: Annual Old Timers' Reunion
  2. January 5th: Holiday party
  3. April 8th: Volunteerism Recognition Lunch
  4. May 1st: Roseville Good Old Days
  5. May 15th: Syttende Mai
  6. June 10th: Annual Picnic

Board Meetings:

  • December 4th, 10 AM: 3026 Highpointe Curve in Roseville.
  • 2020 dates are yet tbd.

If you as a Club member want to sit in, notify the President the day before.

Welcome to the VIP Club

VIP Club members' personal friendships started during our heritage company working days then continued as we've transitioned into retirement or other work.  *Join us!  As of October '19 we have 741 active memberships - 83% in Minnesota and 17% in 41 other states plus one each in Canada and Greece. 
We are proud of our heritage companies, our technology innovations, and our teamwork accomplishments while on the job - an intriguing and continuing legacy.  This is a living web site**, updated fortnightly with new Club information and Legacy Anthology articles.

  • Urgency: The Club has an immediate need for a WORD savvy Chief Editor to produce our 2020 newsletters - contact President Harvey Tailpale by December 3rd to discuss a possible stipend. [11/11/19]
  • *** NOTICE - Evite emails are not SPAM!!! ***  Most future VIP Club event announcements/registrations will use the Evite email system.  This provides many benefits to the board , event organizers, and attendees.  Please do not trash the Evite emails, respond to them.  Yes, Maybe, or No are acceptable responses; the most recent Evite was for the December 5th Old Timers' event.  If you didn't get the invite or inadvertantly trashed it, see Social Activities for event coordinator contacting. [11/6/19]
  • Membership Renewals: If your November/December newsletter had 2019 printed after your address label or if your electronic newsletter emessage had 2019 in the subject line, your membership is about to expire.  Clip the form from the newsletter's page seven or download and print, http://vipclubmn.org/Documents/MEMBERSHIP_FORM.pdf. [10/19/19]
  • Documentary live streaming link: https://www.tpt.org/solid-state/video/solid-state-minnesotas-high-tech-history-35848/. The following VIP Club interviewees appear in this "Solid State: Minnesota's High-Tech History" video:  Don Weidenbach, Bernie Jansen, Harvey Taipale, Millie Gignac, Keith & Patricia Myhre, Dick Erdrich, Mike Svendsen, and Lowell Benson.  We've collected links for the 'out-take' clips into a paper, posted as #260 of our stories.  [10/13/19]
  • Wintertime Legacy viewing: A collection of Computer History Archives Project video links, plus others. Twenty-one YouTube videos, the first with the ERA parts of our IT Legacy.  Posted as #259 of Our Stories. [10/13/19]
  • UBBRG last Newsletter: The Unisys Blue Bell Retirees' Group (UBBRG) final newsletter is linked from our newsletter page. [12/20/2016]

*Within this site, text in blue is a link to another website page/document, or a scroll down on the current page, or email software to send a message.  
**Contact webmaster to post items here [item post date in brackets] or to contribute an article or to report broken links or to correct factual errors.  If you have an address, phone, or email change, please send it to membership@vipclubmn.org.  If you have a newsletter article or an obit to share with our membership, send it to newsletter@vipclubmn.org

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