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RE: Project DELTA
Thanks for the reply. Yes, those were some great times! All I can remember from
TECO is that if you did ht<ESC><ESC>, it would print the whole
buffer. I'm not sure why I remember that and nothing else, but I'm sure about
that command. So, I wonder when were you involved in Delta? I must admit that I
don't remember you by name. Of course, you know the memory is the first thing
to go. Anyway, I was involved from around 77-80.
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,
retired in Delaware. She was able to 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!
Anyway, I'll have it all compiled in the Delta web site soon. Hopefully, we'll
be able to recover some actual files from that time. 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!
As for me, I'm married but no kids (4 cats). Living in Philadelphia. Been
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.
Regards for now...
From: Stephen G. Mentzer/The Core Group Inc.
Sent: Saturday, April 25, 1998 2:17 PM
Subject: Re: Project DELTA
Yes, I am the Steve Mentzer in question. Forgive me for not remembering you,
but I have trouble remembering what I did last week, let alone 15 years ago.
As for what I'm doing now: I'm President of The Core Group Inc., a company that
provides service and support for a manufacturing software package. We're based
in Pittsburgh, PA. I'm now 32 and (still) single.
The only memorabilia I know I have is printouts of some e-mail messages from my
account in a box somewhere. If I find it, I'll forward anything potentially
relevant to your project.
As I write this, I'm recalling a few things:
1. We were messing around with the operating system tables one weekend and
caused the system to crash in a bad way. I think they had to restore it from
2. Late one night I found someone was accessing the system through a "back
door" so I decided to change the priv password. It was quite late and I didn't
know who to call, so I waited until morning. This upset a few people.
3. Ed Boas (I think that's how it's spelled) routinely used ALL CAPS IN
PORTIONS OF HIS MAIL MESSAGES. I still don't know if he intended to convey
yelling by doing this or not.
4. The OS would let you "garbage collect" by opening a file and allocating
space for it. The unallocated space would be filled with whatever was in the
system memory at the time, so if you just closed the file it would often
contain pieces of other people's mail messages and other fragments of things.
5. I used to do a lot of funky stuff in TECO, the system text editor. But I'm
sure if I looked at it now I wouldn't have a clue about it.
Feel free to ask questions if you need to. Maybe something will jog my memory
... I think my account was [1,42]. Does that sound right?
The Core Group Inc.
>Is this the same Steve Mentzer who once who worked at Project Delta?
>If that's you, please respond with what you've been up to and your
>current vital stats. I'm trying to update the Delta alumni list. I'm
>also hoping to put together a Project Delta alumni web page including
>various pictures and writings as well as a PDP-11 emulator running
>RSTS/E. If you still have any Delta memorabilia, pictures, or backup
>tapes (I can read them!), please let me know! If you know of any
>deltoid e-mail addresses send them along!
>Bob Mader [1,50]