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Old 12-22-2004, 09:06 PM   #1
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I'm a former Sperry CE. I know there are lots of you people out there retired now and traveling. I worked in Salinas, CA out of the San Francisco branch for 25 years...Two years in SLC Utah.
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Old 12-22-2004, 09:06 PM   #2
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I'm a former Sperry CE. I know there are lots of you people out there retired now and traveling. I worked in Salinas, CA out of the San Francisco branch for 25 years...Two years in SLC Utah.
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Old 12-23-2004, 04:33 AM   #3
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I was with Sperry Univac for 2.5 years in the late 70's. I was the Software Support Manager for the BC7 group in Western Canada.

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Old 12-23-2004, 07:28 AM   #4
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Old "EMR" Sperry bought us 1972, Moved to Roeville Minnesota plant in 1972, retired in March 2000. Started with ASI in 1966, (the company changed names 7 times) Sperry changed names 7 times, worked with some of the same people 34 years, retired with 7 of us left in 2000.

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Old 12-23-2004, 07:29 AM   #5
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Forgot to say "Sperry bought us (EMR) in 72"

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Old 01-06-2005, 08:31 PM   #6
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CalgaryCowboy...Worked a little on BC7...I think the hard drives were a pain???
Went thru Calgary 3 years ago on a trip to
Edmundton Mall in our Nash trailer.I know what Canola looks like now when it is growing!!
RVDriver...Went to St Paul for training in 1970 on a DLT communcations box. Then last year we went to Mall of America on a trip with our Komfort trailer.
We on our last day of a trip to Yuma,AZ in our new coach. Bought a Suzuki xl7 toad in Yuma...tows good!!!
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Old 01-14-2005, 11:12 AM   #7
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Well, I did work for the "other side", i.e. Burroughs Corporation (Before Burroughs and Sperry became Unisys). Worked out of Santa Barbara CA and then Camrillo CA.

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Old 01-19-2005, 10:03 PM   #8
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Dave You are a lucky person. We always wanted to live in Santa Barbara. Very nice area. We have visited there many times.
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I worked for a San Diego company that installed a Univac 9000 Series (9400, if my memory is correct). The San Diego Univac office was very service minded, and we had a successful installation. Wrote programs in COBOL and Fortran IV. Year was 1970
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I retired after 30 yrs at NCR. I'll bet we survived some of the same technologies and experiences. Today I was talking with a young lady who was having trouble with a new windows based computer system and I commented that my first computer had vacuum tubes. She gave me a blank look and said, "What's a vacuum tube?"
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Old 02-28-2005, 09:21 PM   #11
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Sam, vacuum tubes sure brings back old memory's of when TVs had tubes in them, and when the TV would quit working we would pull the tubes and head to Harvey Baird's drug store and use the RCA kiosk to check them over and buy the new ones we needed.
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Hi Ho: I worked for Sperry (later Unisys) in Salt Lake City as a EE from 1973-1978. Prior to that I worked for Sylvania Electronic Defense System and ESL in Silicon Valley. Vacuum tubes were the thing back then. We had an analog computer at Sylvania that used vacuum tubes for he op amps. It took a whole room and one person dedicated to keep it running. I did some good work with non-linear circuit simulations using a Univac 1108 in Palo Alto.

We got out first camper in 1975 and have been traveling ever since.

By the way, I still do R&D in wireless systems, but one of these days will give it up. It is still fun to solve new problems and the tools are great these days.
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My first job with IBM was maintaining the Semi Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) air defence system.

If memory serves me it contained about 60,000 vacuum tubes and one of the four stories was an air conditioning plenun to keep the system cool.


It weighed several tons but had such great diagnostic aids that most problems were repaired in minutes. Course we were young and faster then.

A search on the web will show many articles and pictures of the beast.

I worked 5 years on this at Reno, NV, Stead AFB and then went into programming. We worked 4 weeks of 3rd, 4 weeks of 2nd and 4 weeks of 1st shift. 24/7. Don't think my body could adjust to that schedule today. Art
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">My first job with IBM was maintaining the Semi Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) air defence system. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Right on Art, been there done that 4 1/2 years, 1959-63, then from there to "Sperry", retired from "Unisys" in 2000

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