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Retirees and former employees of UNISYS, Lockheed Martin, and their Twin Cities heritage companies.
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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. For a printable VIP Club summary flyer and membership form, click here. Unisys currently has facilities in Roseville and Eagan while LMCO has an Air Traffic Management engineering facility on Trapp Road in Eagan.
  This web site is a living document of our continuing IT Legacy. With two levels of web page select tabs, we provide Club information as sub-tabs under this Club page and the Contacts tab. 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 throughout 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 Museum located in South St. Paul, MN.   Welcome continued at right =>

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*Announcement changes are not listed in section 5


VIP Page 01 updated March 1, 2015.


Some aspects of our IT Legacy were coupled with corporate sister divisions, i.e. click these two page links to read about EMCC and Unisys Blue Bell in PA. Their Retirees' Club web site is http://www.ubbrg.org.

2. Announcements:

  • March 10, 7:00 PM: Navy Command Center by Brent McMurray will be presented at the LMCO, Eagan Air Traffic Mgmt engineering facility, see next event below.
  • April 15, 11:00 AM: Volunteer Recognition Luncheon at Joseph's Grill in St. Paul - The March and April newsletters will have survey forms for your 2014 volunteer hour submittals or click here for the on-line survey.  Driving directions are in section 6 below.
  • Demolition videos' Blog by Tim Johnson !!!warning, KEEP BACK, if you are there taking snapshots, there is heavy equipment moving about!!! [2/16]
  • Old Plant 8: Demolition of the vacated LMCO Eagan facility started this week [2/9]. Les Nelson copied the following from the internet: "Johannson said asbestos is being removed from the 620,000-square-foot vacant Lockheed building and demolition could begin this month.  "Crews have salvaged 8 million pounds of steel, 58 tons of copper, and 60 tons of aluminum from the old Lockheed facility," Johannson said. Another 100 million pounds of concrete will be recycled as aggregate for the retail project." Mark Wilson took this photo.
    Mark Wilson Photo 2/11/2015
  •   Interesting Computer History video from the University! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4tHC4FxxlA. 1102 Project Engineer, Warren Burrell, and Speed Talley engineer Don Weidenbach are shown in the 2nd half of this video about ERA. Submitted by Keith Myhre.
  • April 24, 10:30 => 3:30: Roseville Good Old Days - the 7th annual gathering will again be held at the Mermaid in Moundsview. An entry fee of $1 is needed to cover the room rental, everything else is 'Dutch Treat.' A cash bar and a selection of foods will be available at a reasonable cost. Please send a note to tnturba@comcast.com and indicate whether you'll be there and if you plan to have lunch. This will give them an estimate for their kitchen and give us a list for name tag pre-printing. Click icon for history. If you cannot attend but would like to keep in contact, we will have a bulletin board on which messages can be posted [mail to VIP Club, attn RGOD  P.O. Box 131748  Roseville, MN  55113-0020 (include a recent photo of yourself.)] Driving directions are in section 6 below.  
  • Site updated!  As of March 1st, 2015 our HOME page is named the CLUB page. Also, we've combined the Contact Us and Links page and updated the footer quick link line. If you notice any unusual structure on any page, please contact the webmaster to effect a correction. Thanks, LABenson [3/1/2015]
  •  Volunteer Opportunities:
    1. The Legacy Committee needs periodic volunteers for the DCHS Lawshe Museum, contact Bernie Jansen or Harvey Taipale. The immediate need is to help write exhibit storyboards. Primarily on Tuesday mornings, however after a brief task introduction by lead volunteers, museum public open days are ok.
    2. The VIP Club Board has a vacant Director position - we'd prefer a UNISYS Roseville retiree as members from that facility are under-represented on the board. If at all interested, contact the President then attend a Board meeting or two before committing to one year or more serving our membership.
  • 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 IT Legacy, Pg 10 was translated into the Romanian Language, browse http://webhostinggeeks.com/science/vipclubmn-imcolegacy-ro.
    5. Our Computers, Pg 50 is on the web in the Slovenian Language, browse http://nextranks.com/informacijska-tehnologija-pionirji/

Contact Lowell to post items in this section:


3. Next Event Summary

March 10, 7:00 PM: Note that this is a Tuesday evening!

Join us at the LMCO facility in Eagan to hear what the Navy is doing in Minnesota.

 

Do you ever wonder what the Navy is doing in Minnesota?  After all, they were by far our biggest customer (UNIVAC->Lockheed Martin) for decades.  But we are 1,200 miles from the nearest salt water seaport and 150 miles from our annually frozen fresh water port.  We used to have the NAS (Naval Air Station) Twin Cities during which time P3-C Orion ASW aircraft could be seen in flight.  But over time it was transferred to the Air Force Reserve and Minnesota Air National Guard as Minneapolis-Saint Paul Joint Air Reserve Station with Naval Air Reserve Center (now Navy Operational Support Center) Twin Cities as tenant command.  The best way to learn about current Twin Cities Naval Ops is to go to the top.  CAPT Brent McMurry is the Commanding Officer, Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Minneapolis, and he will present "The United States Navy, why being there matters."  His PowerPoint and discussion will center around current events, and current capabilities of the United States Navy as well as touch on future capabilities and future Naval force posturing around the world.  This discussion also enlightens the audience on the large population of Sailors that call the twin cities "home" and just what we are doing here to help defend the liberties of all U.S. citizens. Submitted by Dick Lundgren.

 

Section 6 below has GPS and driving directions

Future VIP Club hosted programs and events are listed on our calendar page. TOP


4. Article for the Month: Please send labenson@q.com your articles for April and May consideration.

March: George Gray has extracted several pages of NSA use of UNIVAC computers during the 60s and 70s.

February: Craig Solomonson wrote about his found treasure, perhaps the world's first 8-bit microcomputer built by UNIVAC in 1972! Thanks to Steve Newcomer and others for the development history. 

January:  Our B-2 Stealth Bomber processor development - project engineer Jim Inda has written a paper with some inputs from Mike Wold, one of the program managers.  

December: Donald L. Ream was been nominated as a name of a future US Navy Ship. Most people knew Don as our Navy customer - a few know that he was an ERA employee in Washington DC for a period of time in the early 50s.

Previous 'Article for the Month' items are listed and linked on the Legacy Project, Documents page; over 100 items since April, 2007.  TOP


5. Site Update Log*

March 1: Combined the Links and Contacts pages. Updated the footer quick link string accordingly. Added the UNIVAC Products - St. Paul, 1947-1959 pdf file link to section 3 of page 15.

February 21: Added a new section 7.0 to Systems, Aerospace page 66. Added Denny English's comments to section 2 of page 16. Added a 1990 1100/2200 series document link into section 3 of Documents, Pg 15. Added section 2.4 to Systems, Airborne Page 62. Began a transition of navigation tab names: 1) Home, Pg 1 to Club, Pg 1 2) Board, Pg 2 to About Us, Pg 2, and Facilities, Pg 70 to Facilities, Pg70 and started replacing the footer navigation links with our thematic sentence links.

February 18: Updated section 1 of People pages 30-37. Added directions to Joseph's as section 6.10 below and corrected section 6.4. Archived the December newsletter.

February 16: Updated section 2 of http://vipclubmn.org/PeopleIndx.html, this table lists, page by page, people who contributed to sections within that page. A few other pages received typo clean ups as I was reviewing during the the table update.  Also updated the volunteer page to reflect a luncheon versus a breakfast meeting.

February 11: Posted the March Article for the Month in section 4 of this page and on the IT Legacy, documents page. Updated the Next event section of this page, the Calendar page, and archived the November 2014 newsletter, see the Newsletter page. Transferred the August through November update log (this section) to the chronology document.

January 31, 2015: Posted the February Article for the Month in section 4 of this page and on the IT Legacy, documents page.

December 29: Updated the URL for the Unisys Blue Bell Retirement Group from .com to .org on this page and on the links page. Activated the 2014 Volunteer Hours survey form page.

December 15: Posted the January 'Article for the Month' on this page and on the IT Legacy, documents page; updated this page's introduction with two links to BLUE BELL associated pages; posted the summary of 2014 deceased persons as reported in the 2014 newsletters on the People, Deceased page; updated the next event section of this page; Updated the contact us page with 2015 officer information; updated section 3.4 of the People, A-B page and the pdf file linked therein; updated the 2015 dates on the calendar page; and posted the 2015 Board on the Home, About page.

December 8: Updated the Calendar page. Added directions to the Eagan LMCO facility to section 6 below.

October 2007 through November 2014 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


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: 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. 

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.

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