story of Mel

Mike Stein mhs.stein at
Thu Feb 23 14:31:21 CST 2017

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ethan Dicks" <ethan.dicks at>
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Sent: Thursday, February 23, 2017 3:08 PM
Subject: Re: story of Mel

> On Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 3:02 PM, Fred Cisin <cisin at> wrote:
>> I love the wisdom of Allison's remark, that
>> what some of us still see as "recent current events"
>> is "ancient history" for the youngsters.
> Indeed.  That break-point is entirely relative to one's own age and
> experiences... for me, "ancient history" is either pre-PET/Apple
> II/TRS-80 stuff or perhaps just "8-bit home micros", depending on the
> context.
> -ethan

My "ancient history" is running a system consisting of an IBM 082, an 085, a 604, a 402 and a 514, the original "sneakernet"; later, after promotion to run the statistics department, a relatively rare 101.

Even made the 402 multiply (albeit slowly) when "they" said it couldn't be done; many happy memories...


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