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RE: Project DELTA...
Thanks for the reply. The response to my spamming initiative has had me quite
overwhelmed. I've gotten in touch with many Deltoids and have gathered quite a
number of nice stories about those good old days. Teresa Green is still alive
and well... She was able help fill in the history of the founding of Delta and
the early years. It's really amazing what Delta was able to do at that time.
The notion that somebody would fund this really expensive computer system and
then let a bunch of high school kids loose on the thing. Teresa Green pushed
hard to make sure that Delta would be run by the students (a radical view both
then and now).
Also have a lengthy unofficial history of the final years from Alan Flippen
(now working for the NY Times). His story and a few others tell of the more
mischievous side that many Deltoids remember fondly. There are several stories
of how "so and so" breached system security and a week later, was made a
privileged staff member. What an experience. But it's amazing to see how that
environment led to the many successful and happy lives of all the Deltoids I
have heard from. I think most of us have finally grown up!
I don't remember what we were doing in the Rabbit at the Newark shopping
center. Maybe we were in a hurry to get to Radio Shack? But I don't think
you're imagining it having happened.
Anyway, I'll have it all compiled in the Delta web site. Hopefully, we'll be
able to recover some actual files from that time. Yes, COMMUN was a fine
program... the ultimate utility war command console. And remember all those
GRIPES and MESSAG.TXT's. And how about the ASCII art library? Anyway, here's
the list of folks as of this date. Let me know of anyone we may have missed!
Glad to hear you are doing well! Regards for now...
From: Eric Thayer [SMTP:email@example.com]
Sent: Thursday, April 02, 1998 10:56 AM
To: 'Bob & Cecelia'
Subject: RE: Project DELTA...
It'd be great just to know what everyone is up to these days. Is Ed Boas
still going strong? Last I heard he was at Cecil County Community College
in MD or something similar to that. How about Ed Jones?
It'd be great to see some old code listings if anyone has them. Still got
I remember taking a ride in a (yellow?) diesel VW Rabbit that you owned and
bottoming out when going to that shopping plaza w/ the movie theater on
Main St. Newark. Could that have possibly happened or am I remembering
Maybe people can remember anecdotes that might be good for the page.
On Wednesday, April 01, 1998 8:35 PM, Bob & Cecelia [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Hi Eric,
> Okay, we got you on the Delta alumni list... it's starting to come
> together. Glad to hear you are doing fine! So I'm going to make a Delta
> web page if I can dig up some content. I'm looking for any old
> documentation, photos, backup tapes (I can read them), etc. Let me know
> if you have anything!
> I'm married with 4 cats but no kids. Living in South Philadelphia.
> Working at Digital for almost 10 years now. Doing mostly Unix
> consulting for various clients. Should be interesting when we get
> bought by Compaq, but I'm not worried. Other hobbies: ham radio, home
> brewed beer, and keeping the 100 year old house in shape.
> Keep in touch...
> Bob and Cecelia Mader
> 910 S. Bodine St.
> Philadelphia, PA 19147
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Eric Thayer [SMTP:email@example.com]
> Sent: Monday, March 30, 1998 7:38 AM
> To: 'Bob & Cecelia'
> Subject: RE: Project DELTA...
> Same guy. Good to see some of us are still hanging around!
> I'm in Pittsburgh, PA in the CMU ARPA Speech group. I got married and
> have three kids and two cats.
> On Saturday, March 28, 1998 9:51 PM, Bob & Cecelia
> [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org] wrote:
> > > Eric Thayer (email@example.com)
> > > Thu, 7 Aug 1997 09:57:33 -0400
> > >
> > > Sorry for the newbie question, but hopefully someone else wanted
> > ask
> > > the same question. Does a program exist for the PC that prints a
> > skymap
> > > w/ a satellite track w/ position times? Or better yet, a
> > > planetarium-type program with the satellites position against the
> > > background sky noted. I've been using quicksat, stsplus and
> > to
> > > help me find targets, but unless the object is quite bright I
> > frequently
> > > miss them.
> > >
> > > BTW, the skies have been great here in Vermont (5-6 Aug). I can
> > easily
> > > see the Milky Way (it is usually too light polluted in
> > to
> > > see it). Some of the Perseid meteors have been well worth the
> > as
> > > well.
> > >
> > > ...eric
> > I like Traksat... http://www.hsv.tis.net/~wint
> > So I wonder, is this the Eric Thayer that hung around Project Delta
> > Delaware? Trying to find folks for the big 25th anniversary
> > Please report on your life, etc.
> > -Bob Mader