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This is a poor substitute for a careful index, and I apologize. I was a charter member of the world's first and largest professional computer society, and the first national president ever elected by membership petition.
If I ever complete the 1967-87 years, which is possible but not too likely, I will then undertake a full index. To look back from that cusp to a younger and happier time, when anything seemed possible and the world of computing was just opening out, is a great privilege, and a very great pleasure. I worked in Monaco and Switzerland and the Netherlands when I was too controversial to be employable in the U.
Well, it looked like a lot of work, and not much fun for me or for the readers. Lewis Carroll is a favorite preceptor for just about everybody in the computer wonderland, and the thought of Watson Senior shouting "Off with her head!
" at every married IBM woman  was very appealing. " as I grew into a manager - oh, the parallels were evocative.
Page numbers appear inline, representing the beginning of the corresponding printed page, as to press.The only restriction I really want is, no alterations, or elisions which change [my] intentions." To this I would add that the definitive, complete, and up-to-date Web copy of this work is to be found in the following location; copies at other sites might be dated, incomplete, or altered: This is a simple, monolothic, and validated HTML file, 1.7MB in size, representing over 500 printed pages, self-contained, fully searchable, and displayable by any browser.The only cautions for viewing, other than sheer size, are the presence of several tables, which browsers such as Lynx might not format correctly, and the fact that it contains a fair number of words in German, French, and other languages containing accented characters, coded in ISO 8859-1 Latin Alphabet 1, properly announced.Perhaps I could do for the computer trade what Casanova did for Venetian diplomacy? Or I could do a history: a history of the computer times I had lived through.I had mountains of books and papers and clippings to help me crosscheck against the increasingly divergent recollections of others, and could certainly make a useful contribution to the unfolding story of that intelligence amplifier everybody now calls the computer.
Watson] the Imperial Presence IBM [International Business Machines Corporation] the empire The SSEC [Selective Sequence Electronic Calculator] 12,000 tubes Betsy Stewart mistress of the SSEC console The ENIAC [Electronic Numerical Integrator And Calculator] 18,000 tubes The ASCC [Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator] first of the giants Wallace Eckert first scientist ever hired by IBM John Mc Pherson IBM engineering director Pete Luhn inventor of relay calculators and much else Pres Eckert [no relation to Wallace] builder of the ENIAC John Mauchly designer of the ENIAC Howard Aiken he upstaged Watson Senior at the ASCC dedication Grace Hopper everybody's favorite naval person, and mother of COBOL The Watson Lab [Watson Scientific Computing Laboratory] at Columbia Rex Seeber master of the SSEC Hilleth Thomas mathematical physicist The NORC [Navy Ordnance Research Calculator] first supercomputer Frank Hamilton builder of the SSEC George Richter Gray Eminence of IBM deliveries L. Comrie [Leslie John Comrie] great English table-maker and computer Becky Jones the Moon on a Friden John Backus father of FORTRAN FORTRAN [FORmula TRANslation] longlived technical computer language Ted Codd lawgiver of relational data bases Richard Courant famous NYU mathematician I. Rabi top physicist at Columbia Dwayne Orton editor of THINK THINK Magazine IBM prestige publication Dorothy [Dorothy Carlson Grosch] Mount Wilson's loss was my gain The Waldorf Astoria Hotel scene of many IBM parties He would be 74 next month, although no one in IBM dared to mention the number to him.