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The DEC Connection is an association dedicated to preserving the unique culture of Digital Equipment Corporation by reuniting the Digital family through face-to-face events, intra-personal and group communications, and joint activities. We want to preserve Ken Olsen's cultural, technical and management legacies. We promote events of local ex-DEC clubs. Membership is open to all former employees and contractors - JOIN HERE!   To submit content, email webmaster.


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Webinar: Medicare 2021 Update 

This webinar will address the Medicare changes for 2021 as well as the Massachusetts Medigap, Medicare Advantage and Drug [Part D] Plans for next year.  Q&A will follow the presentation. The presentation will not repeat the basic information presented in our June 23, 2020 Medicare Webinar which can be reviewed at 

Our expert speaker is Jerry Shusterman, a former Digital employee who, as a Massachusetts *SHINE Certified Medicare Counselor, has counseled thousands of individuals on Medicare options and services for over 10 years.  For biography, go to the original announcement at above link. 

    *SHINE = Serving Health Insurance Needs for Everyone (eligible for Medicare)


WHAT:         Webinar:  Medicare 2021 Update 

WHEN:         Wednesday, Oct 28, 2020 11:00 AM  Eastern Std Time

PROCESS:  Zoom link sent to email of registered attendees on Friday, October 23, 2020 


Participants will receive handouts before the webinar and be able to send in questions at the time of registration as well as during the webinar.  Post-webinar communications with the speaker will be made available. 


Registration: To register, send your name, email address, phone number to by Friday, Oct 23, 2020.


Maynard MA 150th Birthday (Sesquicentennial)

We have been speaking with the planners of the Maynard Sesquicentennial for which many activities have been delayed thru Sept 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The DEC Connection made a generous contribution towards the signage for permanent display in the Ken Olsen Plaza at the corner of Main and Walnut. See photos of plan, on our website, here.  You can see that the entire 3rd panel is devoted to Digital. Here is a recent article about the panels.


Announcement of Stan Olsen's passing

We are saddened to report the passing of Stanley C. Olsen, 92, Gilford NH and Tierre Verde FL.  Our condolences to Stan's wife Betty and their family, and to their many Digital friends. Stan was employee 3 of Digital, after his brother Ken and Harlan Anderson.  Stan was an eclectic entrepreneur and visionary, a pioneer in the computer business and, following his 25-year Digital career, a transformative real estate developer in Citrus County, Florida. Stan served on the boards of many companies and several colleges. He received honorary doctorate degrees from Saint Anselm College and Northeastern University. He didn't retire until 82 years old.

A private Memorial Service will be held on Friday, October 9, 2020, at 11 AM and will be live-streamed on the "Bedford Presbyterian Church NH" YouTube page for anyone who wishes to attend virtually.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Community Food Bank of Citrus County, 5259 W. Cardinal Street, Building B, Homosassa, FL 34446, or the New Hampshire Food Bank, 700 East Industrial Park Drive, Manchester, NH 03109.

Link to full obituary.



  • Phoenix AZ luncheons - ON HOLD pending safe covid-free environment for get-together.  info:




click on link above for details

  • Stanley C. Olsen, 92, Gilford NH, 30 Sep 2020

  • Tom Specht, 64, Woodland Park CO, 7 Sep 2020

  • Bill Picott, 81, Lakewood Ranch FL/Harwich Port MA, 3 Sep 2020

  • Norm Smith, 82, Colorado Springs, 28 Aug 2020

  • Glenn M. Rosander, 77, Lancaster MA, 23 Apr 2020

  • Frank C. Hassett, 88, Nashua NH, 26 Mar 2020

  • Michael Ohrmundt, 61, Colorado Springs, 5 Mar 2020

  • John F. Procopio, Woburn MA and Naples FL, 17 Jan 2020

  • Jarvis ("J") Bailey, Methuen MA, 5 Mar 2019


Where to Sell or Donate your old Digital hardware



It's that time of year when you may be thinking of donating older electronic equipment to a Charity.  For those who have already done this, let us hear from you on the organizations you would recommend.   For Massachusetts readers, it has come to our attention that there is a local cancer charity that you may want to put on your list.  This charity is 100% run by volunteer cancer scientists, survivors, and information technologists.

The name of the organization is Recycle Computers4 Cancer []
and it donates all proceeds to help Cancer patients and their families through the SMCAC (Scientific & Medical Coalition Against Cancer). They have securely erased all data on hard drives that are donated for the past 12 years, including major pharmaceutical companies, banks, individuals, law firms, and financial institution. Also, all computer donations are tax deductible with no donation considered
too small or large.  Equipment can be dropped off or arranged to be picked up. Items accepted for donation are listed at

For free pickup, fill out and send in the donation form at 

The contact for RC4C is Eric Grund at


November 2018:  Thanks to Jackie Kahle for submitting this article about Admiral Grace Hopper’s long association with DEC, and about her experiences when Adm. Hopper was her customer at DEC in Washington, D.C.


VAX and PDP-11 still live!

  -Thanks to Sue Yarger for sending in this note from the UK Register:

NASA dusts off FORTRAN manual, revives 20-year-old data on Ganymede - Analysing Galileo's Jovian moon results

  -And thanks to Jack MacKeen for this gem, same source:

Das blinkenlights are back thanks to RPi revival of the PDP-11 Retro computing fans wrap classic DEC fascia round world's fave hobby machine


HAPPY 60th ANNIVERSARY DIGITAL!  See article in the Telegram for pics and nostalgia.


HP Connection

and click on the link under “US Alumni Product Purchase Program”. Then follow the instructions to register for the program.


     HP Alumni also suggests reading feedback:

There are lots of moving parts involved in HP product discounts (and discounts on non-HP products). Suggest you refer your members to the HP Alumni Association pages on discounts:
  • Know someone who is leaving HP? Please pass the word to anyone leaving HP to use the HP Alumni Association's "ASAP Checklist" immediately. It has advice and mutual help -- developed by HPAA members -- on the many things you have to do before you lose access to HP's internal systems. Thanks to Curt Gowan for this info. Go to (HPAA membership not required.)




The first PBS showing of Digital_Man/Digital_World was 21 Feb 2012 in Indianapolis - here is a link to the 57-minute video on their website to watch on your computer!


The DVD of Digital_Man/Digital_World is no longer available.

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