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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Open Thread - 10/30/09

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6 comments:

Frederic Withington said...

I am Frederic (Ted) Withington. responding to your inquiry via ITHS. I'd be happy to talk with you--your delightful Datatron 205 blog brought back memories!

My email is user978915@aol.com, telephone 212-288-7031. I'll be travelling Aug.22-28

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shanshan said...

Wow! What a treat to run into all this information about the first computer I've ever programmed. I was a 19-year-old Milwaukee female in 1955. No one knew back in back then that women couldn't do that kind of stuff, so I got the job. Three years later when I moved to Chicago and tried to find programming work I was told that women couldn't do that sort of thing. Fortunately, Burroughs hired me and I worked for years in downtown Chicago.

I see that my post follows 3-1/2 years after the last one. At 76 years old, I can imagine there aren't too many of us left. I'm still active, creating websites on my Mac (very old family website is kenshan.com).

T J Sawyer said...

shanshan:
Thanks for stopping by with the interesting comment.

If you haven't previously read it, there is a very interesting article by Adele Mildred Koss on programming at Burroughs and Philco in the 1950s. It is, unfortunately, not available on-line. It was published in the IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, December 2003.

I worked for a woman at Pillsbury who started programming about the same time as you did. This was about 1972. When one of our users discovered that I worked for a woman, he said, "I'd quit before I'd work for a woman."

kristy lucas said...

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Courtney Henrich said...

Hi My name is Courtney Henrich and I'm currently a student working at the SHARE foundation at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. My supervisor, Dr. Les Cory has many documents on the Burroughs 205 that he wishes to donate to someone who will appreciate them. If you are interested or know of anyone who is please email me at: courtney.henrich@gmail.com. Thank you!