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2013 IT Legacy Logo 1. Welcome:   

    The VIP CLUB  was created in 1980 as the Sperry Retirees Club, a non-profit, social and service organization [IRS cat 501C(7).] From 75 initial members; by 2012 we had grown to over 1,500 members. Members are retirees, former employees, spouses, and retirement eligible employees of Unisys, Lockheed Martin (LMCO), and their Twin Cities 'heritage’ companies illustrated in this Legacy icon.  

    Club details are in the sub-tabs under this Home page. The other tabs are an anthology of our Information Technology (IT) Pioneering. This Legacy consists of People Engineering Computers and Systems at Facilities in the St. Paul, MN environs and the throughout the world. The Contacts & Links tab also has event registration sub-tabs.

    In addition to this web site, volunteers are preserving our 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 Memorial Museum located in South St. Paul, MN.

   This Legacy is coupled with a corporate sister division; see notes from Unisys Blue Bell and EMCC history in Pennsylvania. The Unisys Blue Bell Retirees' Group web site is Our Newsletters, page 7, has links to their NEWSBITS.

On This Page:

2. Announcements 3. Next Event 4. Article for Month 5. Recent Updates 6. Event Locations 7. Site Disclaimer

HOME, Page 01 updated 1/4/2017.

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2. Announcements:

  • Stadium Tour: At noon on February 22 we will have a private tour of the US Bank. Details and registration form are at [12/27/16]
  • Mobility International is seeking volunteers according to Rich Daly, a former ERA employee. Point your browser to
    --- BTW, Jim Conn who runs the local affiliate used to work at UNISYS/LMCO. [12/26/16]
  • Site Redesign: Please note that a complete new structure is underway for 2017 to make the site easier to read on tablets, smart phones, etc. Pages will be reformatted and the select tabs re-connected 'sort of on the fly' as the webmaster has volunteer time available. I hope to be done and have a celebration 'beer' at the June 14th picnic. LABenson  Look at it? [1/5/2017]
  • Final UBBRG newsletter: The Unisys Blue Bell Retirees Group December 2016 newsletter is archived on page 7 with our newsletters. [12/20/16]
  • Arizona VIP Directory: Some of you who live in Arizona or winter there would like to know who the other Arizona snowbirds are to arrange golf outings, coffee gatherings or other social events. To address this need the VIP club will create an Arizona VIP directory. It would include the names and contact information of those of you that winter in Arizona and live there permanently. If you would like to be included the Arizona VIP directory, send an email entitled VIP Arizona, to, text 651-470-8905 or call 651-470-8905. The directory shall be distributed only to those who asked to be listed in directory. [12/10]
  • Welcome to new Board Officers for 2017: Ben Manning as Secretary and Paul Hove as Treasurer. Keith Behnke continues as president for a second term. Thanks to Harvey Taipale for 8-years as Treasurer - he volunteered to be Vice President and to accede to president in the future. Thanks to Dale Phelps for 8-yrs of programs coordination. Thanks to Frank King for 4-yrs volunteering as Secretary - he plans to continue helping Bernie Jansen with the annual volunteer recognition luncheon.   [11/20/16]
  • New Book: Space Launch Complex 10: Vandenberg’s Cold War National Landmark, by Joseph T. Page II.  Former air force space and missile officer Joseph T. Page II introduces these amazing stories of dedicated men and women who led the American military effort to explore space.  It includes some work done by employees of our heritage companies at Vandenberg AFB and Johnston Island. Check it out at[12/10]
  • Membership Renewal Time: Membership 'paid through' year is on the US mail newsletter address line or in the subject line of the electronic distribution messages - use the newsletter form or see the on line page.
  • 2017 Event Planning: During any month, considering going to one of the Social Groups, meet old friends and make new friends!  May will be Roseville good Old Days and Syttende Mai.  June will be our picnic followed by a river cruise in August.  [12/10]
  • Vintage Computer Federation: We were the Mid-Atlantic Retro Computer Hobbyists (MARCH) from 2004-2015. That group was just a computer club. In 2015, we disbanded and reformed as a national non-profit, the Vintage Computer Federation (VCF), which obtained 501(c)3 status. VCF then formed a Mid-Atlantic chapter to replace the old hobbyists group. The VCF local chapter operates as before, however the national organization is doing far more activities. For example, we acquired the Vintage Computer Festival West (to supplement our existing Vintage Computer Festival East), and we also acquired Vintage Computer Forum which is our hobby's largest discussion site. See for details.
    Our museum group in NJ has a Univac 1219B that was originally at Johns Hopkins.
    We recently started doing some real work on it. Specifically, we made progress on a paper tape I/O console. Next, we're having power circuits installed to let us run the CPU and tape drive via its motor generator. We also want to build custom forklift pallets, do some cosmetic restoration, and build a modern educational exhibit for the systems. To accomplish this (and other projects related to our organization overall), we're hoping to raise $5,000 - click on the contribute tab of their  site, of course, it's tax-deductible. Thank you, Evan Koblentz; Director, Vintage Computer Federation, a 501(c)3 educational non-profit 

Contact our webmaster to post items in this section.

3. Next Event 

February 22 at noon:

The Board planned a tour of the US Bank Stadium, details are with the registration form,

 to: 401 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN.


4. Article for the Month:

June, ..., December: please send something to Lowell, he will transcribe your notes if you don't have an electronic copy.

May: We have two people items this month; the 2007 oral interview of Marc Shoquist by John Westergren and Rapinac's army experiences to complement his 2007 oral interview.

April: The April web site article is a paper listing the artifacts transferred from Lowell's temporary basement repository to the Lawshe Memorial Museum in July 2015. Each of those listed items illustrates or describes bits and pieces of our extensive Information Technology Legacy.

March: This is a compendium of the 'Legacy' articles which have appeared in our newsletters since 2006 - the Legacy Committee's biography.


Previous 121  'Article for the Month' items are listed and linked on the Legacy Project, Documents chapter 15. 

5. Site Update Log*

December 26: A site reconstruction is now underway, changing from a table driven structure via a Div html controlled layout with a new Cascading Style Sheet. This will also effect some separation of the Club information tabs and the Legacy tabs

December 10: Updated section 3 above and corrected an error on our membership renewal form.

November 21: Updated section 3 above and added to section 5 of the Contacts & Links page. Updated section 3 of the Club History, page 4. 

November 11: Archived the October newsletter as the December news is now in the print shop. Continued the transition from 'IT Legacy' wording to 'Legacy' wording because our systems and innovations are more than Information Technology. Added the 2016 list to the deceased, chapter 39.

November 4: Revised the membership application/renewal form on page 5. Added an introduction to section 3 of chapter 27, They Flew. Archived April through August of this section. Removed chapter/page numbers from primary tabs.  Renamed the main Facilities tab as Places. Began removing IT from section titles as our Legacy includes more than just Information Technology.

October 17: Archived the September newsletter, see section 3 of page 7.

October 14: Rewrote section 6.4 of Chapter 19, Exhibits to be Vintage Computer Federation. Added a Cyber-Security link to section 5 of page 80. Updated section 3 above for the November program with the UNIHOGS/UNITURKEYS annual luncheon. Updated the Christmas dinner reservation form on site page # 84. Updated the membership form on page 5 to include a check spot for our 90+ Life  members.

September 18: Archived the July/August newsletter. Posted the Unified Golf League banquet notice on the Recreation page 9.

September 10: Changed venue for the 2nd Wednesday Ladies' lunch group. Posted the 2017 announcement link for the Unihogs/Uniturkeys in section 4.1 of the Home, Social Groups tab-page.

September 8: Added section 4 to chapter 69, Posted the Unisys Blue Bell Retirees Group September 2016 newsletter link on the top right of Finished changing site tab numbering to be chapter like versus page numbers. Added section 6.11 below. 


The October 2007 through August 2016 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.

6. Venues and Driving Directions:

6.1 Unisys Plant 4 in Roseville: 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: 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: 130 Third Avenue.  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 LMCO in Eagan: 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 Lockheed Martin 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 in 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 Casper's Cherokee House in Eagan: 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.

6.7 Mermaid in Moundsview: 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. 

6.8 Charles Babbage Institute in Minneapolis:  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. 

6.9 Joseph's Grill in St. Paul: 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.

6.10 Lost Spur in Eagan: 2750 Sibley Memorial Hwy, 55121 or take exit #98 off I-35E onto Lone Oak Road. Go west across Pilot Knob Road and then down the hill to Hwy 13. Turn right and proceed north ~ ½ miles to the Lost Spur (City View) entrance on the right.

6.11 Roseville Masonic Center (RMC):

1321 County Rd B2 W.  From Eagan: take I-35E north to the Hwy 36 exit west. Exit Hwy 36 at Hamline avenue and proceed North ~1/4 mile to Co. Rd. B2 then turn right (East). Drive ~ 200 yards then turn left into Center's parking lot. From Anoka or Arden Hills: Take 694 to Snelling Ave, exit going south to Co. Rd. B2  (This is the Rosedale Mall exit). Turn left and drive 1/2 mile to cross Hamlin Ave, the Center will then be on your left. From Roseville anywhere: The RMC is on the north side of Co. Rd. B2 just east of the Hamline Ave. intersection. If you get to the Roseville Area HS, turn around and go back toward the west ~1/2 of a block.  

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