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Page 1 updated 7/10/18. Next update about 7/27/18.

*60 topical chapters.

Click Social Activities for near term event details:

  • August 8th, 8:15 AM: Tour to Fagen Museum, Granite Falls
  • September 13, 6:30 PM: Legacy display etc. at the  Lawshe Memorial Museum.
  • November 14, 11:05 AM: Unihogs/ Unitrukey's reunion at Casper's in Eagan
  • December 6, 11:00 AM: Univac Old Timers' Annual Reunion at the Lost Spur in Eagan.

Board Meetings:

  • Aug. 1, 10 AM @ Unisys Eagan
  • Oct. 3, 10 AM @ Unisys Eagan
  • Dec. 5, 10 AM @ Highpointe Curve, Roseville

Welcome to the VIP Club

Friendships that started during working days continue as we've retired or transitioned to other opportunities.  We are proud of our heritage companies, our technology innovations, and our teamwork accomplishments while working - an intriguing legacy.  Join us, as of June 8th '18 we have 767 active memberships - 82% in Minnesota. 
This is a living web site*, updated fortnightly with new Club and Legacy Anthology items.

  • 45%: The August 8th excursion to the Fagen Museum registration deadline is July 20!  As of 7/10, we only have 25 people for the 56 passenger bus.  The Board will cancel the excursion if not 85% full.  Have you ever seen a real WWII glider (reconstructed) that delivered troops to France on D-Day? 1,500 of these were manufactured in St. Paul, MN! There are several other WWII planes as well as a Holacost display.  See you on the bus?  [7/10/18] 
  • An educational overview of UNIVAC 1 basic components. Intro segment includes higher quality images than are contained in the original film. Original 1953 film begins at index 5:52, followed by brief photo gallery - created by the Computer HNistory Archives Project led by Mark Greenia. [7/3/18]
  •  Posted a 1974 Sperry Open House informational booklet as the July article.  Browse to Our Stories, 2018 for recent Legacy Anthology stories. [5/16/18]
  • Thanks Dave: Here is a link to Dave Wilhelm's May 4th snapshot album, 2018 edition of Roseville Good Old Days.  Some prior year albums are linked from the Social page.  [5/9/18] 
  • Burroughs before UNISYS: The Computer History Archives Project has combined a history videos and associated information slides. Sit back and enjoy! [5/9/18]
  • Volunteer Extraordinaire: At the April 11volunteers recognition luncheon, the Club awarded the fourth Volunteer Extraordinaire certificate to Allan Douglass recognizing his 1,000+ hours of annual service to Boy Scouts' camping and his church's organizations. The Board also voted the fifth certificate to Tom Turba, presented to his family on 4/15 at his Celebration of Live. [4/16/18]
  • FASTRAND: The Computer History Archives Project pays tribute to this mass storage drum - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luPM6XaKZuU - thanks to Mark Greenia [3/23/18]
  • Grandfather of 8-bit machines?  Watch and listen to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KojS1ezQIY [3/21/18]
  • A 1st Business Computer: Read about the Remington-Rand '1951 Model 409' created in Rowayton, CT. [2/27/18] 
  • UNIVAC II slide rule, etc.  Look at the page and video, https://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-history/silicon-revolution/a-slide-rule-for-real-programmers. Submitted by Les Nelson via Keith Myhre.   [2/1/2018]
  • AWARD: At our winter dinner on January 7th, the Club Board named Dale Phelps as Member Emeritus in recognition of his many years of service to our Club. [1/8/2018]
  • UBBRG last Newsletter: The Unisys Blue Bell Retirees' Group final newsletter is linked from our newsletter page. [12/20/2016]

*Contact webmaster to post items here [item post date in brackets] or to contribute an article or to report a broken link or to correct factual errors in any Legacy story. Thanks, LABenson

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