I wished I had a picture of Bill to include on that page and spent a good deal of time trying to locate Bill or his family all to no avail. (It turns out that Bill passed away in 2002 in the Coeur dAlene Idaho area). I wasn't even sure of the correct spelling of his last name. But as luck would have it, today I came across a picture of Bill and the PP&L tape subsystem.
I was browsing The Oregonian website for some family history information. The Oregonian does not participate in the major newspaper archive sites that are so easily searched and show up in response to Google searches; they have their own archive with a rather clumsy interface and sell access by the day for low volume users such as I. After finding my relative's obituary, I did some computer history searches looking for the words "computer" and "bank." This turned up some useful history of a pioneering U.S. Bank project to automate account posting.
From January of 1957 in The Oregonian:
John N. Raleigh of the bank's "methods" department had developed a branch posting system on an IBM 650 - he called it SONIA. (System of Numeric Integrated Accounting, likely inspired by BofA's ERMA acronym) SONIA was good for the bank and very good for Raleigh - he was later to become president of the San Fernando Valley Bank.
Announcement that the U. S. National was making use of the electronic computer on an experimental basis in connection with the operations of its Sheridan branch was made in The Oregonian last November. At that time it was believed to he the first bank in the world to start posting its checking accounts with an electronic brain.
As I later read a 1960 article that also mentioned the bank system, my eye was drawn to two accompanying photographs. My eye naturally went first to the five young ladies in bathing suits who were marveling at the the IBM RAMAC disk drive. Have you noticed that the 1950s computers always featured an attractive damsel at the console? Jantzen, the Portland swimsuit manufacturer, went them one - no, five better! Jantzen's was most likely the most popular booth at the Business Machine Show.
But there, just below the ladies and the RAMAC, stands Bill Oller with his hands on a Datatron pluggable unit in the Tape Controller. I now have my picture for the maintenance page.
The Jantzen picture will doubtless reappear on a disc storage page on the site in due time.