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Information Technology Pioneers

Retirees and former employees of UNISYS, Lockheed Martin, and their Twin Cities heritage companies.
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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 [IRS cat 501C(7).] 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. Unisys currently has facilities in Roseville and Eagan while Lockheed Martin has an Air Traffic Management support facility in Eagan - all support Club meetings. Click here for a printable VIP Club summary flyer including the join/renewal membership form.
     This web site is a living document, i.e. updated monthly. With two levels of web page select tabs; we provide Club information as sub-tabs under this Club page. The other page select tabs are an anthology of our Information Technology (IT) Pioneering. This IT Legacy consists of People Engineering Computers and Systems at Facilities in the St. Paul, MN environs and 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 Memorial Museum located in South St. Paul, MN.   continued at right =>

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  1. Welcome to our web site [left]
  2. Announcements*
  3. Next Event Summary
  4. Articles for the Month
  5. Site update log* as of 9/30/15
  6. Directions to Event Venues
  7. Disclaimer

*Announcement changes are not listed in section 5

VIP Page 01 updated September 30, 2015.

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

2. Announcements:

  • Serve your friends! The VIP Club Board has a vacant Director position, soon to be two! We'd appreciate at least one UNISYS Roseville volunteer retiree as members from that Unisys facility are under-represented on the board. If willing to volunteer, contact Past President Bob 'RC' Hanson [] 651-633-4259.  
  • Tuesday October 13, 6:30 PM: Pie & ice cream social plus a DVD, "Our Mighty Mississippi" as seen through the cameras of Steven Marking. Please note that the September newsletter had the 14th in one place and the 12th another place! The UNISYS, Roseville Superior Conference Room is scheduled for the 13th. Scroll section 3 for details.
  • November 20, 11 AM: The Club Board and Unihogs planning committee invite Club members and the computer industry to the Annual UNIHOGS/UNITURKEYS luncheon at Casper's in Eagan. Our speaker will be Dr. Tom Misa, Director of the Charles Babbage Institute at the U of MN, speaking about "Women in Computing." Election of the Club's 2016 Board will follow the talk. See the Announcement for specifics.
  • Mark your calendar/electronic device: December 3 will be the Annual UNIVAC Old Timers' Reunion at the Lost Spur instead of the Ft. Snelling Officers' Club. December 10 will be the Annual Christmas Dinner/Dance at the Lost Spur instead of the Officers' Club. Sign-up and Reservation information will be available in mid-October.
  • Wine & Cheese Recap: Over 60 people viewed our IT Legacy Exhibit while mingling with volunteers, staff, and invited guests at the Lawshe Memorial Museum on September 8th. Nick Benson has created a nice event collage for the Club.   
  • River Cruise Recap: We had a very nice sunny day when 89 participants cruised on the Jonathan Padelford stern wheeler. Not all of Lowell's cruise snapshots made the newsletter collage. See all at  

Contact Lowell to post items in this section. TOP Δ

3. Next Event Summary

October 13 (Tuesday), 6:30 PM: The Board invites our members to the Club's October social gathering. It will be in the Superior conference room at the UNISYS Roseville facility. The dessert entertainment  is "Our Mighty Mississippi" as seen through the cameras of Steven Marking. Director Dale Phelps has provided us with the DVD "A magical journey of song, storytelling and visual imagery celebrating America's greatest river." The snapshot at the right is from the 2013 program when we had a travelogue presentation.

 LABenson.   Section 6.1 below has GPS and driving directions


4. Article for the Month:

Please send your candidate article for December or future consideration.

October: This month we have a doublet; the 1980 Clyde Allen engineering organization (when the VIP Club started) and the 1961 Noel Stone engineering organization (when Lowell was hired).  

September: An Eighteen Bit Computers paper is a collection of inputs from almost a dozen people who recall applications for NASA, the Navy, the Marines, and others.

August: Larry Bolton found and transcribed an engineering organization structure paper from February, 1977. 

July: We've found and scanned the VIP Club membership invitation letter and flyers printed by UNISYS; before Paramax, Loral, and Lockheed Martin.

Previous 'Article for the Month' items are listed and linked on the Legacy Project, Documents page 15; over 100 items since April, 2007.  TOP Δ

5. Site Update Log*

September 30: Updated the UNIHOGs/UNITURKEYs flyer linked from section 2 above and from section 4.1 or page 8.

September 17: Posted the October 'Article for the Month' links in section 4 above and on page 15. Posted the next event summary in section 3 above.  Redefined section 5 of page 80 as IT Technology Education and shuffled links accordingly. Removed old venues from section 6 below. Added section 4.1.5 to page 54, 16-bit Computers.

August 17: Added Rowayton, Connecticut link to section 6.3 of the Contacts and Links page. Posted the September 'Article for the Month' in section 4 of this page and in section 3 of page 15. Archived the June newsletter.

July 15: Updated the next event section of this page. Updated the IT Legacy, pg 10 Introduction. Updated section 4 of the Systems, Airborne page. Update the People, A-B with section 2.4; Alden Allen's career summary. Added section 6.12 to this page. Archived February thru April, 2015 of this Site Update Log.

July 4: Added ICU to section 4.3 of the Computer, 16-bit page.


October 2007 through June 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 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.

6.7 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. 

6.8 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. 

6.9 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. 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 Mendota Heights:

Set your GPS to St Paul, 2750 Sibley Memorial Hwy, 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.  


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