- August 13, 1:00 PM - Join us at the
Charles Babbage Institute and learn how they archive documents, support
research, and utilize the subterranean limestone caves for stable
temperature storage. Please send a note to our VP, Bob Pagac is
you plan to attend - see link in
Next Event below.
Lockheed Martin has
released a reprint of the Centennial books. Retirees are now able to
order a copy of the book for an $8 shipping and handling fee.
- September 10, 7 PM - Steve
Koltes will speak about our history of Air traffic Management at
..?.. in Eagan. This will be either at the UNISYS, Eagan facility or
at the LMCO, Eagan facility. Click here to
preview bits of the history.
American Association for State & Local History (AASLH) convention at
the Crown Plaza hotel in St. Paul. Take a look at
for specific information.
The Legacy Committee needs periodic volunteers for the
DCHS Lawshe Museum, contact
Bernie Jansen or
The needs are to help with photo identifications and to write exhibit
storyboards for the various equipments and artifacts in storage.
- IT Legacy is International:
[translations and postings with permission of the VIP Club Board as requested by the translator]
- The Home page introduction and the IT Legacy page, Pg 10 have been translated into the
German Language, by Dieter Hoffmann.
- Our Systems, Pg 60 translated to the Polish language,
- Our Computers, 16-bit page 54 has been translated into the Bulgarian Language, browse
Our IT Legacy, Pg 10 was translated into the Romanian Language, browse
- Our Computers, Pg 50 is on the web in the Slovenian Language, browse
to post items in this section:
3. Next Event Summary
August 13, 1:00 PM
planned a 1:00 PM
visit to the Charles Babbage Institute (CBI) on the
University of Minnesota west bank. CBI is the repository of
over 1000 documents collected by the Legacy Committee; most
now archived in the limestone caves beneath the Anderson
Library building. Erwin Tomash, a former ERA employee, is
credited with being the CBI founder. Our hosts will be Dr.
Tom Misa, CBI Director and Arvid Nelson, CBI Archivist.
Bob Pagac a note by August 7th if you plan to
attend, we'd like a 'head count' estimate for
Set your GPS address to 222 -
21st Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55455 The walking
location is 211 Andersen Library, go up to the 2nd
floor. For parking, the closest is lot C86/the Law School
lot that has shared contract and visitor parking. There
should be sufficient space in August before classes. A
backup is the city parking next to the Marriott Courtyard
hotel, formerly Holiday Inn at seven corners.
We’ll have cookies and
refreshments available. Hope to see many of you there.
Please note that we
changed the start time to
1 PM so that
departing drivers can avoid the Minneapolis rush hour
Future VIP Club hosted programs and events are listed on our
4. Article for the Month:
We add another commercial computer history document with an
hardware design paper from Richard 'Dick' Petschauer.
“History and Evolution of 1100/2200 Mainframe
Technology” is now available on the Internet. It covers
the changing technologies for the logic, memory, and
interconnects used in a number Univac commercial
computer systems from the 1950s to 1990. It was written
by Dick Petschauer in 1990 for the 35th anniversary of
“USE”, the Univac user’s group related to the 1100/2200
systems. The 42 pages provide pictures, diagrams, and
details of the technologies and their evolution plus
insights into some of the challenges in selecting the
technology for the next computer system.
The UNISYS, Roseville facility has a history
wall. One set of shadowboxes thereon shows the computer systems
technology of the '80s. Mike Svendsen and Lowell Benson created this
The UNISYS, Roseville facility has a history
wall. One set of shadowboxes thereon shows the ERA to UNISYS computer systems
technology evolution. Mike Svendsen and Lowell Benson created this
April - The evolution of UNISYS and their primary computer
line is sequenced in this slide set
from Ron Q. Smith
Previous 'Article for the Month' items
are listed and linked on the
Legacy Project, Documents
page, over 90 items since April, 2007.
5. Site Update Log*
July - Added section 3.5 to page
27. Posted the August 'Article for the Month'.
July 21 - Added section 6.9 to
this page. Archived the May newsletter and archived the Jan. '14 => Apr. '14
June 30 - Posted the July
'Article for the Month' and updated the Next Event Summary.
June 1 - Posted the June 'Article
for the Month.' Updated the IT Legacy, Exhibits page 19.
May 20 - Updated the Next Event
Summary and archived the April newsletter.
May 6 - Added a new developmental
page 19, Exhibits.
May 2 - Posted the May 'Article
for the Month.' Posted an updated VIP
October 2007 through April 2014
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.
6.1 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.
6.2 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
6.3 Unisys Plant 4 in
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.
6.4 Roseville VFW:
Set your GPS unit to Roseville, MN,
1145 Woodhill Drive. From the
area take 35E through St. Paul to go west on Hwy 36. Exit to Lexington Avenue then right about a mile to Woodhill – turn left, drive about 100
yards and enter the VFW parking lot on the right. From the Minneapolis area, take 35W to Hwy 36, then exit onto Lexington Ave -
turn left, then drive about a mile to Woodhill – turn left, go 100 yards and enter the VFW parking lot on the right.
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:
Set your GPS unit to St Paul MN,
5512 Post Road, The Club
is located on a service road off of Minnesota Highway 5, at the east
side of the MSP airport. Take the Hwy 5 Post Road Exit at the southeast
corner of the airport, go east then follow the signs to the Officers’
Club. There is ramp access to the building and handicapped parking on
the upper level.
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.
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
A parking alternate site is the city parking next to the
Marriott Courtyard hotel, formerly Holiday Inn at seven
This is about 1.5 blocks to the west of CBI, 1 block
east of the I35W Washington Avenue freeway exit.
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