- Found Video Camera: Someone
left a small video camera at the June Picnic! Call Lowell at
651-483-3709 if you are the owner.
30 years since Burroughs bought Sperry to form UNISYS!
The Eagan and Roseville UNISYS facilities' employees paused this
week for a celebration with cupcakes and coffee. A similar
recognition ceremony was held at all UNISYS facilities through
- September 21, noon: Hear
Dale Weeks talk about an initiative to get a Computer History
Museum in Minnesota. Click
for details and registration. If you miss it, see Nov. 18
- October 5 @ 10 AM:
Prospective 2017 board candidates should attend this VIP Club
board meeting at the UNISYS, Roseville facility.
- October 11th: Deadline for
registration for the 10/26
UNISYS/LMCO employees/retirees Golf League Annual banquet at
Mancini's. Details are on their web site,
- October 12th @ 6:30 PM:
See next event for Program, Pie, and Ice Cream
details at the Roseville
Masonic Center on 1321 Co. Rd. B2 (Hamline Ave
exit from Hwy 36, north.)
- November 18 @ 11:00 AM:
Annual Unihogs/Uniturkeys luncheon w/2017 VIP Club board elections -
speaker will be Dale Weeks, see
- Early UNIVAC history talk:
VCF East 7.0 -
Development at UNIVAC and Unisys - Al Rollin and Joe LaViola
[Both are/were UNISYS Blue Bell Retirees' Group board
- The August 17th St. Croix River Cruise was
great, attended by 92 of us. See the report and a Nick Benson collage in the
- November Club Elections:
Your Club needs volunteers for the 2017 board; Secretary, Vice
President, Director, Director, ... please contact us if you have
6 to 12 hours per month to help lead our organization into the
future; talk to Lowell at
651-483-3709 and/or Keith at 651-894-2182.
Lowell to post items in this section.
3. Next Event - October 12, 6:30 PM at
the Roseville Masonic Center
- The UNISYS, Roseville facility is no longer
available for the Club's evening use so we
have an alternate location in Roseville.
- Program topic
is Drones, Drones, Drones -
Sentera, a local company with roots going back to Lockheed Marin
in Eagan, makes small drones that help farmers make good
decisions on managing their crops, and helps cell phone and
broadcast tower operators stay on the air safely and
efficiently. Sentera was recently described as the "premier"
drone company in Minnesota by the local press.
Speaker will be the
Sentera President Eric Taipale
[son of Club Treasurer Harvey] and former LMCO employee who
also worked on the LMCO 'Desert Hawk' program.
We celebrate the fall harvest and Halloween with
pumpkin pie and ice cream - thanks to volunteers
Tom Turba and Lynn Lindholm who buy and prepare
Section 6.11 below has GPS and driving directions or use Google Maps:
4. Article for the Month:
June, July, August, September, October: Nothing in the works; please send something to
Lowell, he will transcribe if you don't have an electronic copy.
May: We have two people items this month; the
2007 oral interview of Marc
Shoquist by John Westergren and
experiences to complement his 2007 oral interview.
The April web site article is a
paper listing the artifacts
transferred from Lowell's temporary basement repository to the Lawshe Memorial Museum in July
2015. Each of those listed items illustrates or describes bits and
pieces of our extensive Information Technology Legacy.
March: This is a compendium of the
which have appeared in our newsletters since 2006 - the
Previous 'Article for the Month' items are listed and linked on the Legacy Project, Documents
121 items since April 2007.
5. Site Update Log*
September 18: Archived the July/August newsletter. Posted the
Unified Golf League banquet notice on the Recreation page 9.
September 10: Changed venue for the 2nd Wednesday Ladies'
group. Posted the 2017 announcement link for the
Unihogs/Uniturkeys in section 4.1 of the Home, Social Groups
September 8: Added section 4 to chapter 69,
http://vipclubmn.org/syscomml.html#Reservations. Posted the
Unisys Blue Bell Retirees Group September 2016 newsletter link
on the top right of
changing site tab numbering to be chapter like versus page
numbers. Added section 6.11 below.
August 24: Archived the June 2016 newsletter. Added section
3, Precision Agriculture to chapter 69; Systems, Commercial. Continued tab
title re-numbering as chapters versus page numbers. Archived the
February-April entries of this section.
July 16: began revision of tab titles to resemble book
chapters, i.e. 10. IT Legacy is chapter 10 of this web site.
July 11: Began to remove page numbers from selection tabs.
Archived the April newsletter and posted the BBRG June
newsletter link on the Newsletter page.
June 23: Updated section 2 of page 4. Updated section 3
May 15: Added a Steve Lindfors' 2016 book to section 3 of page
documents. Updated section 2 of page 8,
Periodic groups. Added a River
Cruise registration form as page 95. Updated section 3 above.
Archived the January & February 2016 entries from this section.
Added three more research web site links to page 80, section 6.1
and then moved section 6.9 to and entry in section 5. Added a
new section 6.9 with a site from Dave Shelander. Updated
page 0 with a link to page 95 and an asterisk indication as to
which pages have been translated to foreign languages.
May 1: Updated page 68, Systems ASOC with a note in the
introduction that the page is now available in the Latvian
The October 2007 through April 2016 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. Venues, GPS Locations, and Driving 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. 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.
LMCO: 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.
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.
6.11 Roseville Masonic Center
Set your GPS to Roseville, MN 1321
County Rd B2 W. From Eagan:
take I-35E north to the Hwy 36 exit west. Exit Hwy 36 at
Hamline avenue and proceed North ~1/4 mile to Co. Rd. B2
then turn right (East). Drive ~ 200 yards then turn left
into Center's parking lot. From
Anoka or Arden Hills: Take 694 to Snelling Ave, exit
going south to Co. Rd. B2 (This is the Rosedale Mall
exit). Turn left and drive 1/2 mile to cross Hamlin Ave, the
Center will then be on your left.
From Roseville anywhere: The RMC is on the north side
of Co. Rd. B2 just east of the Hamline Ave. intersection. If
you get to the Roseville Area HS, turn around and go back
toward the west ~1/2 of a block.
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