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Reunions & Events

EVENT WRAP-UP: Carol Ehrlich reports on the Management Sciences Consulting Group Reunion, June 2

33 of us had a fantastic time at19 Carter, a new community gathering place in Berlin, MA
We had some gorgeous pictures taken by Andy Weigl Photography that captured the fun, happiness, and excitement of visiting with each other, many of whom we haven't seen in a very long time! Link to photos of Management Sciences Reunion by Andy Weigel Photography Almost everyone looked "exactly the same!" It seemed like Management Sciences was just a few months ago and 35 years ago at the same time.... We're already thinking of our next reunion, so if anyone learns of additional contact information for Management Sciences alumni please contact Carol Ehrlich at 978-779-5439 or or

- DEC Connection Summer BBQ-Picnic on Sat. afternoon, Aug 18, 2018 in Marlboro at the Hunters' house - write up and photos


Other Reunions:


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  • Patty Upton, 65, Colorado Springs, 2 Jul 2019

  • Ed Pring, 77, Greensboro NC, 31 May 2019

  • Greg Kenoyer, 65, Colorado Springs, 28 May 2019

  • William (Bill) Meserve, 79, Nashua NH, 24 May 2019

  • Leo White, Colorado Springs, 23 May 2019

  • Walker Anderson VI, 60, Holliston MA, 11 May 2019

  • Al Gordon, 99, Peoria AZ, 7 May 2019

  • Rob Ayres, 73, Concord MA, 30 Apr 2019

  • Jay Sullivan, 70, Marlborough MA, 30 Apr 2019

  • Gilles Marin, 71, Longueuil (Montreal) Quebec, 26 Apr 2019

  • Bob Difazio, 85, Moultonborough NH, 26 Apr 2019

  • Alan S. Anderson, 72, Scottsdale AZ, 19 Apr 2019

  • Walter Chaffin, 70, Houston TX, 7 Apr 2019

  • David Hartzband, Jamaica Plain MA, 6 Apr 2019

  • John J. Kulik, Maynard MA, 6 Apr 2019

  • Gunter Lenhoff, 79, Henderson NV, 2 Mar 2019

  • John W. Stewart, 75, Sierra Vista AZ, 26 Apr 2018


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.

  • 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 available from PBS; $24.95 plus ship.

Here is a link to shopPBS to purchase.


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