- Welcome to new Board Officers for
2017: Ben Manning as Secretary and Paul Hove as
Treasurer. Thanks to Frank King for 4-yrs volunteering as
Secretary - he plans to continue supporting the annual volunteer
recognition luncheon as a Board Associate (non-voting title).
Thanks to Harvey Taipale for 8-years as Treasurer - he
volunteered to be Vice President and accede to president in the
future. Thanks to Dale Phelps for 8-yrs of programs
coordination. Keith Behnke continues as president for a second term.
- Mea Culpa! If you are
reading page 5 of our December 2016 newsletter, the section
thereon labeled "Future Social Activity Dates" should have noted
that the dates there are all for 2017 and should not be mistaken
for the 2016 December 1 and December 8 activities listed
hereunder. LABenson, November 21,
- December 1 @ 11:00 AM:
Annual UNIVAC Old Timers' Reunion, again this year we
will be at the Lost Spur in Eagan. See section 3 below.
[~80 ate last year]
- December 8 @ 3:30: Annual
VIP Club Christmas Dinner at the Lost Spur, see section 3 below.
- December 10 @ @ 7:30 PM:
The Eagan Men's Chorus was the
Sperry-aires when originally formed in the 70s. →
- December 13 @ 9:30 AM: Legacy Committee meeting @ UNISYS, Eagan - see 6.2
directions, coffee will be hot. You are invited to listen in
even if you been an active "LEGACY" initiative participant.
- Membership Renewal Time:
Membership 'paid through' year is on the US mail
newsletter address line or in the subject line of the
electronic distribution messages - use the newsletter form
or see on line page.
- Vintage Computer Federation:
We were the Mid-Atlantic Retro Computer Hobbyists (MARCH) from 2004-2015. That group was
just a computer club. In 2015, we disbanded and reformed as a national non-profit, the Vintage Computer Federation (VCF),
which obtained 501(c)3 status. VCF then formed a Mid-Atlantic chapter to replace the old hobbyists group. The VCF local
chapter operates as before, however the national organization is doing far more activities. For example, we acquired the Vintage
Computer Festival West (to supplement our existing Vintage Computer Festival East), and we also acquired Vintage Computer
Forum which is our hobby's largest discussion site. See
group in NJ has a Univac 1219B that was originally at Johns
Hopkins. We recently
started doing some real work on it. Specifically, we made
progress on a paper tape I/O console. Next, we're having power
circuits installed to let us run the CPU and tape drive via its
motor generator. We also want to build custom forklift pallets,
do some cosmetic restoration, and build a modern educational
exhibit for the systems. To accomplish this (and other projects
related to our organization overall), we're hoping to raise
$5,000 - click on the
contribute tab of their site, of course, it's tax-deductible. Thank you, Evan Koblentz; Director, Vintage Computer Federation, a 501(c)3
webmaster to post items in this section.
3. Next Event (s) - Both at the Lost
Spur in Eagan
Annual UNIVAC Old Timers' Reunion, December 1st from 11
AM to 2:30 PM:
This event continues the yearly gathering on the 1st
Thursday of December that began at the Officer's Club about 4
decades ago. Electronic reminders have been transmitted to
~500 previous participants. As of Nov. 20, 152 had not
responded. If you plan to participate please send a message to
firstname.lastname@example.org before November 23rd. Include your
lunch preference, ___ none or ___ Beef or ___ Ham or ___
Turkey sandwich. The 23rd date is requested so that the
kitchen has time to order food and make the sandwiches. Also,
we pre-print nametags to facilitate check-in time congestion.
FYI, Lowell's cell is 612-850-2299 if you ordered a sandwich
and can't make it that day.
Annual VIP Club Christmas Dinner, December 8th from 3:30
to 7 PM:
We request either a pre-paid reservation or a 'pay at
door' call (702-767-0603) before December 1st so that
the kitchen can have enough food stocked. The reservation
form has been in the last two newsletters or is printable from
our web site page 84. That page
also has instructions on small group seating, i.e. reserved
table with John and Mary Doe and the three entree' choices. The
member charge is only $20 per plate including tax and tip.
Our agenda for the afternoon/evening is:
3:30 PM –
Initial social time with nametag check in, hors
d’oeuvres, & cash bar;
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM Enjoy an elegant sit
down dinner with salad, vegetable, your choice of entrée,
and dessert selection;
5:30 PM – 5:45 PM
Introduction of guests and the 2017 VIP Club Board; and
5:45 PM – 8:00 PM Background music for your
listening pleasures while conversing.
We have had 50 to 70
attendees each year over the last decade, hope to see you
Section 6.10 below has GPS address and driving directions or use Google Maps:
4. Article for the Month:
June, ..., November: Nothing in the works; please send something to
Lowell, he will transcribe your notes 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 121 'Article for the Month' items are listed and linked on the Legacy Project, Documents
5. Site Update Log*
November 21: Updated section 3 above and added to section 5
Contacts & Links page. Updated section 3 of the Club
History, page 4.
November 11: Archived the October newsletter as the December
news is now in the print shop. Continued the transition from 'IT
Legacy' wording to 'Legacy' wording because our systems and innovations are more
than Information Technology. Added the 2016 list to the
deceased, chapter 39.
November 4: Revised the membership application/renewal form
on page 5. Added an introduction to section 3 of chapter 27,
They Flew. Archived April through August of this section.
Removed chapter/page numbers from primary tabs. Renamed the main
Facilities tab as Places. Began removing IT from section titles
as our Legacy includes more than just Information Technology.
October 17: Archived the September newsletter, see section 3
of page 7.
October 14: Rewrote section 6.4 of
Exhibits to be Vintage Computer Federation. Added a
Cyber-Security link to
5 of page 80. Updated section 3 above for the November
program with the UNIHOGS/UNITURKEYS annual luncheon. Updated the Christmas
dinner reservation form on site page
# 84. Updated the membership form on
page 5 to include a
check spot for our 90+ Life members.
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.
The October 2007 through August 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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