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2013 IT Legacy Logo 1. Welcome: JOIN US NOW*   

    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 [pages 0 - 9] under this Home page. The other top row tabs [Chapters 10 thru 70] 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 [page 80] 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 http://www.ubbrg.org. Our Newsletters, page 7, has links to their NEWSBITS.

*New members; the remainder of 2016 is free ['new' includes previous/inactive members whose membership had lapsed].

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


HOME, Page 01 updated 11/21/2016.


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2. Announcements:

  • Welcome to new Board Officers for 2017: Ben Manning as Secretary and Paul Hove as Treasurer. Thanks to Frank King for 4-yrs volunteering as Secretary - he plans to continue supporting the annual volunteer recognition luncheon as a Board Associate (non-voting title). Thanks to Harvey Taipale for 8-years as Treasurer - he volunteered to be Vice President and accede to president in the future. Thanks to Dale Phelps for 8-yrs of programs coordination. Keith Behnke continues as president for a second term. [11/20/16]
  • Mea Culpa! If you are reading page 5 of our December 2016 newsletter, the section thereon labeled "Future Social Activity Dates" should have noted that the dates there are all for 2017 and should not be mistaken for the 2016 December 1 and December 8 activities listed hereunder.  LABenson, November 21, 2016.
  • December 1 @ 11:00 AM: Annual UNIVAC Old Timers' Reunion, again this year we will be at the Lost Spur in Eagan. See section 3 below. [~80 ate last year] 
  • December 8 @ 3:30: Annual VIP Club Christmas Dinner at the Lost Spur, see section 3 below.
  • December 10 @ @ 7:30 PM: The Eagan Men's Chorus was the Sperry-aires when originally formed in the 70s. →
  • December 13 @ 9:30 AM: Legacy Committee meeting @ UNISYS, Eagan - see 6.2 below for directions, coffee will be hot. You are invited to listen in even if you been an active "LEGACY" initiative participant.
  • 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 on line page.
  • 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 www.vcfed.org 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 

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3. Next Event (s) - Both at the Lost Spur in Eagan

Annual UNIVAC Old Timers' Reunion, December 1st from 11 AM to 2:30 PM:

This event continues the yearly gathering on the 1st Thursday of December that began at the Officer's Club about 4 decades ago. Electronic reminders have been transmitted to ~500 previous participants. As of Nov. 20, 152 had not responded. If you plan to participate please send a message to webmaster@vipclubmn.org before November 23rd. Include your lunch preference, ___ none or ___ Beef or ___ Ham or ___ Turkey sandwich. The 23rd date is requested so that the kitchen has time to order food and make the sandwiches. Also, we pre-print nametags to facilitate check-in time congestion. FYI, Lowell's cell is 612-850-2299 if you ordered a sandwich and can't make it that day.

Annual VIP Club Christmas Dinner, December 8th from 3:30 to 7 PM:

We request either a pre-paid reservation or a 'pay at door' call (702-767-0603) before December 1st so that the kitchen can have enough food stocked. The reservation form has been in the last two newsletters or is printable from our web site page  84. That page also has instructions on small group seating, i.e. reserved table with John and Mary Doe and the three entree' choices. The member charge is only $20 per plate including tax and tip.

Our agenda for the afternoon/evening is: 

·         3:30 PM – 4:30 PM         Initial social time with nametag check in, hors d’oeuvres, & cash bar;

·         4:30 PM – 5:30 PM         Enjoy an elegant sit down dinner with salad, vegetable, your choice of entrée, and dessert selection;

·         5:30 PM – 5:45 PM         Introduction of guests and the 2017 VIP Club Board; and

·         5:45 PM – 8:00 PM         Background music for your listening pleasures while conversing.

  

We have had 50 to 70 attendees each year over the last decade, hope to see you there!  

Section 6.10 below has GPS address and driving directions or use Google Maps:

 to: Eagan MN, 2750 Sibley Memorial Hwy

 

Thanks to Bill Gale, Dale Phelps, and Lynn Lindholm for greeting you at the check-in table. Thanks to Bill Galle for handling the reservations!


4. Article for the Month:

June, ..., November: Nothing in the works; 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*

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, http://vipclubmn.org/syscomml.html#Reservations. Posted the Unisys Blue Bell Retirees Group September 2016 newsletter link on the top right of http://vipclubmn.org/Newsletters.html. 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, GPS Locations, and Driving 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.  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: 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 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: 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 Eagan:

Set your GPS to St Paul, 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):

Set your GPS to Roseville, MN  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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