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Retirees and former employees of Unisys, Lockheed Martin, and their predecessor companies

Planning Ahead!

See Social Activities for event information.

  • Nov 17, 11 AM: Unihogs/ Uniturkeys at Casper's in Eagan
  • Dec 7, 11 AM: Annual UNIVAC Old Timers' Reunion at the Lost Spur in Eagan
  • January 7, 1:00 PM: Holidays' celebration dinner & concert at the Lost Spur in Eagan.

Board Meetings:

  • December 6, 10 AM @ 3026 Highpointe Curve, Roseville. 
  • 2018 meetings will be at 10 AM on the 1st Wed. of Feb., Apr., June, Aug., Oct., & Dec. - sites are tbd. 

Welcome to the VIP Club

Members are retirees, former employees, spouses, and retirement eligible employees of Unisys, Lockheed Martin (LMCO), and their Twin Cities legacy companies. Join us, the remainder of this year if free if you pay $7 for 2018 or $18 for 2018-20.

Announcements*

  • Membership Renewal: Members' recent newsletter (Nov/Dec issue) distribution included membership expiration year in the address label or in the subject line. If your's is 2017, please renew before January 1st to assure newsletter continuation.  Electronic delivery was last weekend when the final was sent to the print shop for distribution - if not on electronic distribution list, your copy is in the mail. [10/17/17]
  • Have U read: Almost Silicion Valley by Tom Webb - http://quid.us/ceridian/newsitem.html - posted on the Ceridian [CDC] retirees web site, http://quid.us/ceridian/index.html. Submitted by DCHS Trustee Dale Weeks. [10/16/17]
  • Vintage Computer Federation had a very successful UNIVAC workshop in that they were able go get their restored 1219B computer to operate for short periods of time. Click for Photos. We are able to load UPAK and diagnostic programs. We loaded and executed the memory test program but did not get a full 10 passes to get a good printout. After about 5 to 8 passes we get a program fault. We think due to overheating. We also were able to load and run “Hunt the Wumpus” game program. Submitted by Duane Craps [10/12/2017]
  • Mark Greenia, Author of "History of Computing", has established a Computer History Archives Project video library YouTube channel containing over 40 videos on vintage computers, including ENIAC, UNIVAC System/80, UNIVAC 1050-II, UNIVAC 1103A and many others. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOyJD0RHtF_77_oAf5tT1nQ [10/1/17]
  • Blue Cube: Were you one of the engineers or programmers who worked at the Sunnnyvale Blue Cube?  Take a look at http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/08/15/blue-cube-exhibit-planned-at-sunnyvale-museum/, they are looking for stories, etc. about their space tracking history (some classified in the 70s & 80s.) Submitted by Joe Paige II, ret. AF officer.  [9/19/2017]
  • Another Career Summary: 33 years developing Navy systems software by Dale Suckstorff, see http://vipclubmn.org/People6.html#DaleS.  [9/13/17]
  • Latest Legacy Article: Trip report about the installation of two 1104 computer systems from Curt Nelson, see http://vipclubmn.org/OurStories.html#2017. [9/13/17]
  • Unihogs/Uniturkeys November 17th flyer is now available; Dr. Jeffrey Yost, Acting Director of the Charles Babbage Institute at the University of Minnesota will be our guest speaker. [8/22/17]
  • Thanks Sue: About 300 former UNISYS, Roseville enjoyed a last walkthrough of UNISYS plant 4 on June 15th. Administrator Sue Carrigan arranged to have Francoise Malek make the group photo, scroll down past the site search box. [7/20/2017]
  • Thanks to Dave Wilhelm:  he has posted 31 nostalgic photos from the 6/15 open house of Unisys Roseville (plant 4, Building 3) facility before its final closing. The plant was in operation form 1964 until June 23rd 2017. https://get.google.com/albumarchive/100060900510377257166/album/AF1QipNNIW2qr62321rMGQCjzkye61a7TJlQWkhQzdjR?source=pwa [6/22/17]
  • Quality Control: The format conversion to 'what you see now' is complete for all pages and chapters. I have not 'tested' every button nor blue highlighted link on each page and chapter. Please, if a button/tab/link doesn't work for you, send me a note - webmaster@vipclubmn.org. Thanks, LABenson! [5/19/2017]
  • UBBRG last Newsletter: The Unisys Blue Bell Retirees' Group final newsletter is linked from our newsletter page. [12/20/2016]

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Help our Historians

  • Refer to the General Manager's table at http://vipclubmn.org/lmcolegacy.html#Mgrs - The webmaster would like to know what year the commercial operations of UNIVAC started reporting to Blue Bell versus to the listed Twin Cities general manager. Who led the Plant 4 operations when it opened in 1961? [5/1/17]
  • The volunteers working Tuesday mornings at the Lawshe Memorial Museum still need help - once a week or once per fortnight or once a month or your choice based on your 'volunteerism' time.  Just drop in on any Tuesday morning [9 to 11:30] and chat with the crew on the second floor for an explanation of what they are doing and how you could help. [5/17/2017]

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