Our Premier Event of 2011: "Ken
Olsen Tribute Day" in Maynard at the Mill ...
featuring the 1st Screening of
the PBS documentary Digital_Man/ Digital_World
watch 2-min. movie trailer here
When: Saturday, October 22, 2011, 2-7:30 PM
Where: Cafeteria (entrance across Blue Coyote
Restaurant near post office on Main St.) and Auditorium at
Clock Tower Place (The Mill), near 146 Main Street, Maynard MA.
Enter thru patio of cafe, pass white fence - look for
- 2 and 3 PM: Clock Tower Place (The
Mill) - 20- minute Walking Tours
- 2 - 4 PM: Maynard Historical Society/Gordon
Exhibits of Ken's Memorabilia
- 4 - 5:30 PM: Preview showing of the PBS Special on Ken Olsen,
Digital_Man / Digital_World will be in
Clock Tower Place, courtesy of Gordon
College and Covenant Productions. Special Panel Discussion after the movie will
include the producer of the film, Don Boggs; Dan Tymann, VP
Gordon College, and Rod Sutherland, our own Corporate Ambassador.
- 5:30 -7:30 PM: DEC Connection Social party
Society and Gordon College Exhibits of Ken's Memorabilia
Link to photos in Gallery
• Variety of magazine articles, newspaper clippings,
and Digital internal publications featuring Ken.
• Digital 25th anniversary memorabilia (from both Digital and the
Town of Maynard)
• Sampling of Digital publications spanning 1960s through the 1990s.
• A wooden "Digital Truck" from Ken's office.
• A few of Ken's Digital ties.
• A selection of Ken's personal notebooks from MIT, Digital, and
• A sample of magnetic core memory
• DEC Modules (first products sold by Digital)
• A sample System Building Block (2nd generation module sold by
• A PDP-8 front panel.
• A Digital PC signed by Intel founder Andy Grove.
• A StorageWorks cabinet designed by Ken (one of the final projects
before departing Digital)
• A helicopter tail rotor blade signed by Digital Aviation
• A paddle from Ken's office.
• Plaque: IEEE Founder Medal
• Plaque: National Medal of Technology
• Rotating slideshow of photographs, some photo albums.
Thanks to Dave Griffin of the MHS for putting these
exhibits together. Dave can be reached at
Maynard Historical Society meets in the lower level of Maynard Town
Hall, 195 Main Street, the 4th Monday of each month. The meetings
start at 7pm and are open to the public. Light refreshments and some
social time are available after the meeting.
Click here for photo slide show from Jack
Photos from Historical
Society Exhibit, Movie/Panel Discussion, and Reception
Special thanks to Rod Sutherland for taking
Reception photos following his Panel duty.
watch 2-min. movie trailer click here
Welcome to the Tour of Clock Tower Place (the “Mill”)
A Bit of History
The Mill was built in the mid-1800s and, among other things, was a factory
that made blankets and uniforms for the Union Army during the Civil War.
Before Digital established itself, most of us remember the historical photos
and stories of the Assabet Woolen Company and its successor, the American
The town of Maynard was carved out of the Towns of Stow and Sudbury. The
boundaries of the town were formed by measuring the walking distance to the
Mill by its workers.
After the departure of the American Woolen Company in the early 1950s, the
Mill became the location of many diversified companies and organizations.
Digital was founded in Bldg 12 (the main entrance) in 1957. Eventually,
Digital expanded so much that it purchased the Mill outright and occupied it
Finally, the Mill was bought by Wellesley Companies, a privately held, 86
years old Real Estate Development and Management Company. The “Mill” was
renamed “Clock Tower Place” as of Jan 1, 1998 and is now almost fully
occupied by more than 100 companies with more than 3500 employees.
Currently there is space for lease in Clock Tower Place.
Contact Joe Mullin for information.
History of Some of the Mill’s Buildings from Digital’s
Bldg 12: This building was where Digital was founded.
Ken Olsen had his offices there for many years.
Bldg 10: Eventually, this became where Ken had his
HQs and offices and the Board Room.
Bldg 2: Many of you probably remember that there were
chicken wire and storage spaces along several floors of this building.
However, its most famous Digital heritage is this is where the VAX/VMS
team developed the most successful minicomputers of its time.
Bldg 4: This is where the existing Ken Olsen
(formerly the Gen. Doriot) Conference Center is located.
Bldg 5: Bldg 5 was occupied by manufacturing, the
board shop, Software Engineering, Product Lines, and others.
Bldg 3 (formerly Bldg 1): Bldg 1 was primarily a
Manufacturing facility, although it was later occupied by elements of
Central Engineering, and others.
Bldg 1 (formerly Bldg 21): was home of SW Maintenance