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Re: Gary's Recollections of Delta


>(And yes, I'm still kicking myself for not scrounging enough cash to buy
>the Bendix G-15 at Selectronics, which was an electronics junk yard in
>south Philly with a dead dog in the parking lot [literally] that mostly
>dealt in scrap electronics from the Navy yard.  I still have a few of the
>modules from it that I got after they scrapped it, and I gave some of them
>to The Computer Museum long ago.)

Ah yes.  I remember the trip to Selectronics.  I remember
when you yelled out that you found the G-15.  We had to 
literally climb over all sorts of junk to get to it.  I wanted to
buy the manuals, but the guy wouldn't sell them to me 
without the computer.   I was more curious about the
software and instruction set, than I was the hardware.
I think Ron Minnich was the one that told us about 
Selectronics and drove us there.  If I recall right, the
dead dog was there a few weeks earlier when Ron M
first went, and it was still there when we went.

>No, I didn't go back.  I think I already said something on the list about
>removing the names of the people that had worked on a program from the

I was one of the victums of name removal.  Someone showed
me that Ed Boas had taken my name off, and put his name on some
of the programs I had written.  I confronted Ed about it, and then
let it drop.  It was kind of silly because everyone knew that Ed didn't
know how to write code.

Another strange story from that period in time was when they went
on the kick that we needed to vacuum everything in 360 DuPont
hall.  One of the College of Education people
directed Doug Barton and I to thoroughly vacuum
under the raised floor in 360.  He gave us a really strange lecture about
force vectors and dust and how this was going to destroy the
computer.  The tone of the lecture was, we were Engineering students
and we should know better about this force vector and dust stuff.

Regards, Gary