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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 [IRS cat 501C(7).] From 75 initial members, we've grown to over 1,300 retirees, former employees, spouses, and retirement eligible employees of Unisys, Lockheed Martin (LMCO), and their Twin Cities 'heritage’ companies illustrated in the icon at the left. Unisys currently has facilities in Roseville and Eagan while Lockheed Martin has an Air Traffic Management support facility in Eagan - all host Club meetings. Click here for a printable VIP Club summary flyer including the join/renewal membership form.
     This web site is a living document, i.e. updated monthly. With two levels of web page select tabs; we provide Club information as sub-tabs under this Club page. 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 the 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 Memorial Museum located in South St. Paul, MN.

  Some aspects of our IT Legacy were coupled with corporate sister divisions; i.e. read about Unisys Blue Bell and EMCC in Pennsylvania. The Blue Bell Retirees' Club web site is Our Newsletters, page 7 has links to their recent NEWSBITS newsletters.

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  1. Welcome to our web site [left]
  2. Announcements*
  3. Next Event Summary
  4. Articles for the Month
  5. Site update log* as of 2/8/16
  6. Directions to Event Venues
  7. Disclaimer

*Announcement changes are not listed in section 5

Page 01 updated 2/8/2016.

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2. Announcements:

  • Grace Period (one month): Our usual Club practice is to deliver the January/February newsletter to those who have not renewed membership. SO, if your US mail delivery address has 2015 after your name - you won't receive a March issue delivery unless the club received your renewal form before 10 February. Also, if your electronic news has 2015 in the message line you won't receive the March issue available notice unless the club received your renewal form before 10 February. [2/8/2016]
  • February 10, 2016: Social time and program in the Superior Conference room at UNISYS, Roseville - see section 3 below.
  • Monday, Feb. 15 2016, at the University of Pennsylvania and around Philadelphia at tbd locations - celebrations of the 70th Anniversary of the 1946 dedication of ENIAC, coordination is by Bill Mauchly. [11/21/2015]
  • March 9, 7:00 PM: Social time and program at the LMCO facility in Eagan. Steve Koltes will speak about the future of Air Traffic control.
  • You can help! CBI is interviewing women who worked in industry 1960s-90s ... what did computing get right? CBI is interviewing ladies about their work & career at your home, office, or the Babbage institute on the U of MN west bank. Contact (612-624-5050) to schedule an appt. [11/21/2015]
  • For your 2016 calendar/electronic device:  April 20 will be the Volunteer Recognition lunch at Joseph's. May 6 will be the Roseville Good Old Days at the Mermaid. May 13 will be Syttende Mai luncheon at Casper's. June 15 is picnic at Highland Park.  November 18 will be UNIHOGS at Casper's.  [1/12/2016]  

Contact Lowell to post items in this section.

3. Next Event Summary

February 10, 7:00 PM (Wednesday): The VIP Club Board invites you to the first social gathering of 2016, in the UNISYS Roseville Superior Conference Room. We have an interesting presentation scheduled: Don Anderson will speaking about AMTRAK!  His PowerPoint presentation focuses mainly on the Empire Builder route which runs through the Twin Cities between Chicago and Seattle. There will also be a bit of a historical narrative since the train has run continuously since 1927 and is considered by many to be a railroading icon and a part of our national hagiography.  He also have sample fares and route maps  The presentation will describe different classes of service available and highlights of the route. 

  LABenson.   Section 6.1 below has GPS and driving directions

4. Article for the Month:

March: This is a compendium of the 'Legacy' articles which have appeared in our newsletters since 2006 - a decade biography of the Legacy Committee.

February: 70 Years Ago, February 1946 - The Army dedicated the ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer) at the Moore School of engineering. In recognition of the event we've posted Ron Q. Smith's presentation slides, Unisys and the Growth of Computing. Bill Mauchly is coordinating several ENIAC recognition displays in the Philadelphia area.

January: 70 Years Ago, January 1946: ERA opened their business doors. In recognition of the event we've posted William 'Bill' Norris, WWII Experiences that lead up to that historical month.

December: We've posted a letter to Ole and Measuring Success = Volunteer Hours!  Recapping a Decade of IT Legacy Committee Accomplishments.

November: Employed 60 Years! - James Bacon, innovation legend personified. This paper includes the 1991 organization chart of VP Bill Marberg.

Previous 'Article for the Month' items are listed and linked on the Legacy Project, Documents page 15; now 116 items since April, 2007. 

5. Site Update Log

February 6: Posted the March Article for the month, section 4 above and section 2 of the Legacy, Documents page 15. Posted section 11 of People, Anecdotes page - thanks Ron.


January 25: Updated page 15, section 4 with links to two magazine articles. Restructured section 3 of page 48 in order to add a section 3.4 for MAPPER code card links. Added NTDS software info links to section 8 of page 48, Engineering-software. 

January 20: Updated pages 15, 47, 51 through 59, and page 74 with links to Bit Savers' on-line publications and links to Code Card pdf files.

January 14: Archived the November 2015 newsletter on page 7. Posted the February 'Article for the Month.' Continued some header cleanup. Updated the page 9 senior citizen center site links.

January 6: Updated the Legacy, Documents page 15 section 3 with a link to an electronic copy of the ERA 40th Anniversary booklet. Continued format updates to third level titles. 

January 4, 2016: Posted the Club's 2016 calendar on page 3. Added a 'Google' site search box in the Click Scroll section of the Contacts & Links page, in this page, and in the Introduction Section of the people index page. Archived the September and October entries of this section. Updated page 19 with links to posters developed at the Lawshe Memorial Museum. Updated section 3.2 of page 58. Added photos from Craig Neudahl to section 6.2 of page 19. Updated the 2016 Club contacts on page 80.


December 24: Added section 5.1 to page 36, updated sections 1 & 3 of page 30, and then updated page 28 accordingly. Updated the Club History Page with links to certificates awarded to individuals.

December 14: Updated sections 2 and 3 of Club History, page 4. Posted the January article for the Month and updated this page's Introduction with a link to our 2016 information flyer. Updated the Next Event Summary on this page.

November 21: Updated the next event section 3 above. Also, fixed a couple of typos on two ENIAC discussion pages.

November 10: Did some error corrections and archived the October 2015 newsletter, see page 7 section 3.

The October 2007 through October 2015 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. 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 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. 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.

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.

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