- November 2 @ 10 AM:
Prospective 2017 board candidates should attend this VIP Club
board meeting at the UNISYS, Eagan facility (SEE section 6.2
- November 18 @ 11:00 AM:
Annual Unihogs/Uniturkeys luncheon w/2017 VIP Club board
elections - See section
3 below or info
in the flyer.
- November Club Elections:
Your Club needs volunteers for the 2017 board; Secretary, Vice
President, Director, Director, ... please contact us if you have
6 to 12 hours per month to help lead our organization into the
future; talk to Lowell at
651-483-3709 and/or Keith at 651-894-2182.
- December 1 @ 11:00 AM:
Annual UNIVAC Old Timers' Reunion, again this year we will be at
the Lost Spur in Eagan. If you didn't get a reminder, sent a note to
Lowell. BTW, $8 sandwiches will be available, please pre-order
or turkey to have one available for you.
[~80 ate last year]
- December 8 @ 3:30: Annual
VIP Club Christmas Dinner at the Lost Spur, see the November and
December newsletters for details, registration form, etc. OR
point your browser to the printable form on
page 84 of this site.
- December 13 @ 9:30 AM: IT
Legacy Committee meeting @ UNISYS, Eagan - see 6.2 below for
directions, coffee will be hot.
- 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
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
webmaster to post items in this section.
3. Next Event - November 18, 11:00 AM at
Casper's Cherokee House in Eagan
- 11:00 AM to 11:45 -
check in, cash bar, and mingle with other
HOGS/TURKEYS (Hogs' history is section
4.1 of page 8)
- 11:45 - VIP Club
election of 2017 officers and directors led
by Club President Keith Behnke; UNIVAC 1959
=> Lockheed Martin 2001
- 12:00 - Sit-down lunch
Please send your $19.00 check payable to
Casper's to Fred Vihovde* at 2162 Water Lilly
Lane, Eagan, MN 55122
Caesar Salad; cup of soup,
bread/rolls, beverage or
Steak sandwich with fries;
house salad, bread/rolls,
with fries; house salad,
- 12:45 - PROGRAM, emcee
Lowell A. Benson; Univac 1960 => UNISYS 1994,
U of MN 1994-2001.
Memoriam; Head Hog Fred
Vihovde reads the listing
of colleagues who have
passed away this year. Prior
lists are on line, see
section 2 of our
Speaker; Dale Weeks,
Acting Executive Director of
Computer Industry and
Technology Learning Center;
his topic is "Planning a
Minnesota Computer and
Technology Industry History
Open microphone for attendee
questions and comments
- 1:30 - Social half-hour
or so ... volunteer for next year's
*Fred's IT career spanned 4 decades at UNIVAC, CDC, ...
Section 6.6 below has GPS address and driving directions or use Google Maps:
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
experiences to complement his 2007 oral interview.
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
which have appeared in our newsletters since 2006 - the
Previous 121 'Article for the Month' items are listed and linked on the Legacy Project, Documents
5. Site Update Log*
October 17: Archived the September newsletter, see section 3
of page 7.
October 14: Rewrote section 6.4 of
Exhibits to be Vintage Computer Federation. Added a
Cyber-Security link to
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'
group. Posted the 2017 announcement link for the
Unihogs/Uniturkeys in section 4.1 of the Home, Social Groups
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
changing site tab numbering to be chapter like versus page
numbers. Added section 6.11 below.
August 24: Archived the June 2016 newsletter. Added section
3, Precision Agriculture to chapter 69; Systems, Commercial. Continued tab
title re-numbering as chapters versus page numbers. Archived the
February-April entries of this section.
July 16: began revision of tab titles to resemble book
chapters, i.e. 10. IT Legacy is chapter 10 of this web site.
July 11: Began to remove page numbers from selection tabs.
Archived the April newsletter and posted the BBRG June
newsletter link on the Newsletter page.
June 23: Updated section 2 of page 4. Updated section 3
May 15: Added a Steve Lindfors' 2016 book to section 3 of page
documents. Updated section 2 of page 8,
Periodic groups. Added a River
Cruise registration form as page 95. Updated section 3 above.
Archived the January & February 2016 entries from this section.
Added three more research web site links to page 80, section 6.1
and then moved section 6.9 to and entry in section 5. Added a
new section 6.9 with a site from Dave Shelander. Updated
page 0 with a link to page 95 and an asterisk indication as to
which pages have been translated to foreign languages.
May 1: Updated page 68, Systems ASOC with a note in the
introduction that the page is now available in the Latvian
The October 2007 through April 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.
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.
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
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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