Early Computer Days


In Minneapolis on Monday, June 29, 1959, Dale wrote, “Cool, high 63°.  Went to a store in St. Paul and bought Dalene some shoes.  Stan’s first day on his Santa Monica job.  He called at night to ask about his work history.  Helen and I looked up in my old diaries for his record of jobs.”  I needed that information for a security clearance questionnaire.  Above: the control console of the IBM AN/FSQ-7, the first computer I learned to program.  It filled a large room, employed vacuum tube technology, and was used by the Air Force SAGE system in the North American air defense program.

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