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Page 1 updated 11/19/2017. Next planned update is 12/9/17.

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See Social Activities for event information.

  • 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. Dine, then listen to the Eagan Men's Chorus.
  • April 11, 11 AM: Volunteerism Recognition Luncheon at Joseph's in St. Paul.

Board Meetings:

  • December 6, 10 AM @ 3026 Highpointe Curve, Roseville. 
  • 2018 mtgs, 10 AM:
    Feb. 7 @ UNISYS Eagan
    Apr. 4 @ tbd
    June 6 @ Unisys Eagan
    Aug. tbd
    Oct. @ Unisys Eagan
    Dec. tbd

Welcome to the VIP Club

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. This is a living web site*, updated fortnightly with new Club info and Legacy Anthology contributions.

  • Decide NOW! The Lost Spur needs the preliminary sandwich type/count for the December 7 event on 1 Dec. and final on 4 Dec. Register on-line. [11/19/17]
  • 2018 Elections: Volunteering to lead the VIP Club next year are: Harvey Taipale, President; Steve Koltes, Vice President; Paul Hove, Treasurer; Boni Westberg, Secretary; Directors Joe Schwarz, Lowell Benson, Gish Devlaminck, & Jim Andrews; and Keith Behnke, Immediate Past President.  Greet, meet, and thank them at the December or January event. They will be supported by a few Members Emeriti, several Board Associates, and spouses. [11/18/2017]
  • Hello: My name is Dominique Carlier, I live in Belgium. I contact you because I'm trying desperately to repair for three months now an old fellow: my UTS 40 Sperry Univac, http://www.zeltrax.com/classiccmp_forum/2.jpg. If you (the reader) have any technical documents about the UTS 40, send a note to LABenson for book/information transfer specifics. [11/11/2017]
  • Heads Up: The Eagan Men's Chorus' Christmas Concert is scheduled for Saturday, December 9th at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Eagan starting at 7:30PM.  This men's chorus started over 4 decades ago as the Sperryaires.  One of their missions is to bring our music to those in Senior Residences, Veteran Homes and hospitals.  By Jim Andrews & Dave Senechal [11/11/2017.]
  • Membership Renewal Time: Members' recent newsletter (Nov/Dec issue) distribution included membership expiration year in the address label or in the email subject line. If your's was 2017, please renew before January 1st to assure newsletter continuation. [10/20/17]
  • 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 systems' user 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]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • If you see an error or find a link that doesn't work within our Legacy Anthology chapters - please notify the webmaster@vipclubmn.org. [10/21/17]

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