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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
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Town of Maynard MA Sesquicentennial (150th Birthday)
MILL TOUR -- PARADE MARCH -- DEC Connection DINNER
plus other Town of Maynard Events!
Our major event for 2021 is our participation in Maynard's 150th Birthday
Celebration - Founder's Day, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021 - March with friends,
family, and former Digital employees in the town's parade at
(wearing your favorite Digital logo clothes if you still have some
- if not go to www.decswag.com), followed by
Maynard's ceremonies and displays, and then a
private DEC Connection catered 4 pm dinner at the Maynard Elks Lodge.
Digital memorabilia will be raffled off (at no cost) to paid-up DEC
Connection members. Also for paid-up members only, we've arranged a tour of the Mill at 11:30 am.
For details and to register/buy
dinner tickets, click on this link.
Sun., Sept. 19, 2021:
Founder's Day in Maynard - 150th
11:30 am - Tour of Mill for limited # of paid-up
1-4 pm, Parade/Maynard
displays and events
4-7 pm, DECconnection Dinner
at Maynard Elks Lodge, 34 Powder Mill Rd.
luncheons - ON HOLD pending safe covid-free environment for
get-together. info: email@example.com
Fri. July 30, 2021,
summer get-together at Kimball Farms.
Sat., 2 Nov. 2019,
Recap from our
Summer Italian Festa in Marlborough MA at Bob Alessio's home
Sat., August 17, 2019
Sun., 2 June 2019
Management Sciences Consulting Group
Thu, 25 Apr. 2019, Colorado Springs
DEC Connection Summer BBQ-Picnic on Sat. afternoon, Aug 18,
2018 in Marlboro at
the Hunters' house
Maynard Mill get-together at the
Battle Road Brewery House was Sunday, May 20, 2018.
See the writeup and photos here.
Aug. 20, 2017 Kimball's Summer Get-together
Sat., Oct. 8, 2016 BBQ and Tour of
Mill and Main
CLICK HERE FOR RECAP and
10/18/16 Beacon-Villager coverage of our Event
Visit "Mill and Main" online:
click on link above for details
William (Bill) R. Demmer, 87, Bonita Springs FL,
5 August 2021
Pong Ok Chon, 70, Colorado Springs, 31 July 2021
Donald Stafford, 88, Colorado Springs, 13 July 2021
Jim Welch, 81, Colorado Springs, 16 June 2021
Rio Rita York, 89, Peoria AZ, 15 June 2021
Ellen Lary, 80, Colorado Springs, 9 June 2021
Karen W. Hamilton, 81, Clinton MA, 4 June 2021
Paul McGaunn, 83, N. Andover MA, 2 June 2021
Melissa Johns, 56, Colorado Springs, 30 May 2021
Steven Peters, 62, Monument CO, 23 May 2021
Michael Ewing, had worked in DEC Europe, 11 May 2021
Ted (Edmund H.) Damon, Gardner MA, 20 April 2021
Gorge NY, 12 March 2021
Doug Hammond, 77,
Laconia NH, 18 May 2020
David Mark's Zoom lecture on
Digital History (14 June 2021) -
here is link to
recording on YouTube. About 200 DECcies tuned in.
Link to their stories in the zoom chat is on our DEC
Stories web page.
Medicare 2021 - Materials updated
Where to Sell or Donate your old Digital
DONATING OR RECYCLING COMPUTER EQUIPMENT
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%
volunteer cancer scientists, survivors, and information technologists.
The name of the organization is
Recycle Computers4 Cancer [www.recyclecomputers4cancer.org]
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.
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
VAX and PDP-11 still live!
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
to Jack MacKeen
for this gem, same source:
are back thanks to RPi revival of the PDP-11 Retro computing fans wrap
classic DEC fascia round world's fave hobby machine
60th ANNIVERSARY DIGITAL!
See article in the Telegram for pics and nostalgia.
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:
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.