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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.  There is a new book about the history of Maynard that includes a chapter on Digital.  Info here.

The website for these events is: Maynard 150th Anniversary – 1871 – 2021




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




click on link above for details

  • Dave Streeter, 77, Quechee VT, 25 Mar 2021

  • Phyllis M. DeAngelo, 84, Colorado Springs, 26 Feb 2021

  • Frank P. Brown, 74, Amherst NH, 30 Jan 2021

  • Octavio Diaz, 72, Stow MA, 30 Jan 2021

  • Kevin J. Sullivan, 79, Palo Alto CA, 28 Jan 2021

  • Dick Stevenson, 77, Woodland Park CO, 24 Jan 2021

  • Bill Clark, 78, Chelmsford MA, 20 Jan 2021

  • Geoff Shingles, 81, England, UK, 14 Jan 2021

  • Jill McPhee, 66, Hopkinton/Harvard MA, 8 Jan 2021

  • Ellen Simarano, 80, Concord MA, 7 Jan 2021

  • George Newton, 80, Framingham MA, 5 Jan 2021

  • Susan C. George, 70, Riviera Beach FL, 2 Jan 2021

  • Howard A. Mayberry, 70, Cambridge MA, 28 Dec 2020

  • Ray Michel, 79, Lowell MA, 24 Dec 2020

  • Ellie Gadomski, 92, Leominster MA, 20 Dec 2020

  • Frans Vandermolen, Sebring, FL, July 19, 2020

  • Charlie Scheid, 60, Glastonbury CT, 4 Nov 2019

  • Helen Krysieniel, 87, Acton MA, 11 Mar 2019


Medicare 2021 - Materials updated


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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