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Retirees and former employees of UNISYS, Lockheed Martin, and their Twin Cities heritage companies.
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 Club, Pg 1  IT Legacy, Pg 10   People, Pg 30   Engineering, Pg 40   Computers, Pg 50   Systems, Pg 60   Facilities, Pg 70   Contacts & Links, Pg 80    
  Site Design & Map, Pg 0  About Us, Pg 2  Calendar, Pg 3  Club History, Pg 4  Membership, Pg 5  Club Hosts, Pg 6  Newsletters, Pg 7  Periodic Groups, Pg 8  Recreation, Pg 9 

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. 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. Click here for a printable VIP Club summary and membership form. Unisys currently has facilities in Roseville and Eagan while Lockheed has an Air Traffic Management engineering facility on Trapp Road in Eagan - all host meetings for us.
     This web site is a living document, i.e. updated fortnightly. 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 7/16/15
  6. Directions to Event Venues
  7. Disclaimer

*Announcement changes are not listed in section 5


VIP Page 01 updated July 22, 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 http://www.ubbrg.org, their newsletter link is available here.

2. Announcements:

  • August 5, 10 AM to noon: Club Board meeting at UNISYS, Roseville; Club members, not on the board, are welcome to visit as we begin to plan for 2016.
  • August 12, 11:45: The Club has planned a Mississippi River Cruise, details are in section 3 below. Note that we needed reservations before before July 10 as we had to pre-pay to receive a discounted group rate. 94 people had signed up as of the deadline date!
  • August 12 News AlertThe UNISYS Retiree Breakfast Group will not meet at the New Brighton Eagles Club the second Wednesday of August because of a pre-scheduled employee (cooks) meeting. The 284th meeting of this group will be on September 9th at 9:00 AM. 
  • September 8, 6:30 PM: A private showing [Club members, invited guests, and museum staff] of exhibit USS Minnesotaposters and artifacts plus a view of the five-workstation photo-identification area while enjoying wine and cheese refreshments at the Lawshe Memorial Museum. No participation fee, however we do request pre-registration by 27 August to facilitate food and drink quantity and nametag printing - please email the treasurer or webmaster. See the May 'Article for the Month' for background about the exhibit development. One of the many posters has a picture of the christening of the USS Minnesota, SSN 783 shown on the right. The St. Paul designed AN/UYQ-70 S/N 8,000 is installed on this ship.
  •  Serving your fellow retirees! The VIP Club Board has a vacant Director position - we'd appreciate a UNISYS Roseville volunteer retiree as members from that facility are under-represented on the board. If at all interested; contact the President or Vice President then attend a Board meeting before committing to one year term.
  • Roseville Good Old Days: The eighth Good Old Days reunion for people that used to work at Univac/Unisys in Roseville was another success between 380 and 400 people attended.  Event pictures were taken by the photographer, David Wilhelm. To view, go to https://picasaweb.google.com/dewilhelm53/RosevilleGoodOldDays2015?feat=email.  The date for next year’s Good Old Days reunion has been set for Friday, 6 May 2016. 
  • CLOSED: We are saddened by the May closure of the Ft. Snelling Officers' Club. Our Annual UNIVAC Old Timers gathering had met there the first Thursday of December for about three decades and our Annual Christmas dinner/dance had been there for five years. The Old Timers is now scheduled for the Lost Spur on December 3, the Club's annual Christmas dinner/dance will also be at the Lost Spur on December 10. [6/15/15] LABenson 
  • IT Legacy is International: [translations and postings with permission of the VIP Club Board as requested by the translator]
    1. The Home page introduction and the IT Legacy page, Pg 10 have been translated into the German Language, by Dieter Hoffmann. 
    2. Our Systems, Pg 60 translated to the Polish language, http://cheap.de/science/1-wprowadzenie-do-inzynierii-systemow.
    3. Our Computers, 16-bit page 54 has been translated into the Bulgarian Language, browse http://www.fatcow.com/edu/cp-16bit-bl/.
    4. Our Computers, Pg 50 is on the web in the Slovenian Language, browse http://nextranks.com/informacijska-tehnologija-pionirji/

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3. Next Event Summary

August 12, 11:45 AM boarding time: We will enjoy a cruise on the Mississippi river with retirees from Unisys and Lockheed EntrywayMartin on the Jonathan Padelford. The historically narrated sightseeing cruise runs 1 ½ hours starting at 12 noon. Sights along the way include: the St. Paul High Bridge, Pig's Eye's Cave, Minnesota River mouth, Pike Island, and the timeless splendor of the mighty Mississippi River. The cruise offers a full 'cash' bar as well as snacks such as hot dogs and popcorn. No outside food or beverage can be brought onboard.

Boarding will start at 11:45 AM, so plan to arrive early to pickup your ticket at our event table by the entrance! We needed reservations before July 10 as we now have pre-paid to receive a discounted group rate for those who signed up before the deadline. Remember to bring your camera and capture great scenery or wildlife along the river. Please advise Tom by August 4th if you have to cancel as the final payment is due that date. We already have a pencil list of standbys should there be cancellations. Arrangements and UNISYS pre-printed nametags by Tom Turba.   Section 6.11 below has GPS and driving directions

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4. Article for the Month: Please send labenson@q.com your candidate articles for October or November consideration.

September: An Eighteen Bit Computers paper is being drafted, will be posted in mid-August.

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.

June: MATCALS - A 30- Year Life - submitted by Ron Irwin

May: "Legacy Preservation Partnerships". Lowell Benson's paper describes Club partnerships with our hosts, the Charles Babbage Institute, and the Dakota County Historical Society. A CBI published short version of this paper is on-line at www.cbi.umn.edu/about/nsl/v37n1.pdf#page=23.  

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*

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.

June 28: Archived the May newsletter link and updated the Blue Bell retirees' newsletter issue link on that page.

June 10: Updated section 2 of the documents page and section 4 of this page with July and August article links. Also updated the next event information and archived the April newsletter. .

May 28: Updated section 3, Next Event Summary of this page and updated the Calendar page.

May 12: Added section 6.4 to the Legacy, Exhibits page 19. Added a link to the CBI published variation of the May 'Article for the Month'.

May 1: Posted the June 'Article for the Month' in section 4 above and on the IT Legacy, Documents page 15. In section 3 of page 15, posted a link to a 1976 AN/UYK-20 thesis paper by Joyce.

 

October 2007 through April 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 Ft. Snelling Officers' Club:  Sadly, this facility was closed in May of 2015. Set your GPS unit to St Paul MN, 5512 Post Road.

6.7 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.

6.8 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. 

6.9 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. 

6.10 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.

6.11 Harriet Island in St. Paul: From the North, go to downtown St Paul then get onto Robert St going south to cross the bridge. Turn right onto Plato Blvd, then drive past Wabasha and turn right on Dr. Justus O' Hage Blvd. From the South, take Hwy #52 then exit right toward Plato Blvd. Turn left onto Plato then drive past Robert St, past Wabasha, then turn right on Dr. Justus O' Hage Blvd.

6.12 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 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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