The DEC ConnectionTM
Here's a fun feature on our website! If you have cherished memories regarding some
memorabilia or souvenirs - books, mugs, t-shirts, widgets or gadgets, etc. - take a digital photo of the
item (you can be wearing it) and send the photo (.jpg or .gif) with 1-2
lines of description to email@example.com. Thanks to Mary Cole for this great suggestion - her submissions are
below. Click on an item for a larger image.
December 2020: Public Relations manager and
DEC Connection member Dave Price shares his proud moments with Digital
awards as mementos:
The DEC Connection Online Museum page
requests photos of cherished Digital memorabilia and souvenirs. I was Public
Relations Manager for several product groups at DEC and enjoyed promoting
Digital products for awards. Below are photos of 3 awards I facilitated.
Click on small photos for larger readable photos.
o Byte Magazine's Best of COMDEX Award in 1993 for LinkWorks
o PC Magazine Editors' Choice Award in 1996
for Workgroup Web Forum
o DataComm Magazine Hot Products Award in
1996 for Workgroup Web Forum
When I left Digital the awards went with me to
to my office at the Shandwick Public Relations agency in Boston where I
worked with several product groups at Compaq and was part of the team
that handled Compaq's acquisition of Digital.
December 2019: DEC Connection member
Stephen Jablonsky sent in a photo of his great Digital mug collection.
Click here for larger photo.
January 2017: From Gary Piel,
Software Consultant 1981-1992) at Colorado Springs Customer Support Center.
Just recently moved and uncovered some stuff from my DEC years, so thought I
would send pictures to you if you care to post them.
The T-Shirt and Staff were given to
me when I retired, and I discovered the game rolled up in a tube,
that I was about to throw away!
The reason for the "PIEL RSX WIZARD"
on the staff, is because when our RSX Support Group was formed, I
had named our group "Pie In The Sky Wizard Center".
Click on these game (and wizard staff) photos
(contributed this photo of a
banner commemorating the first in the industry distributor relationship with
Hamilton Avnet in the late 1970s.
Some custom-designed memorabilia from the Phoenix AZ
group (that manufactured printers and CRT terminals):
Steve Georgoulis, November 2015
Robert Schorsch, April 2015
January 2015: Art Clockedile sent
this photo of his 25-year service award, received in 1984. Do the math
and you may appreciate that Art's badge number was among the first 100
employees... in fact, #40! Click on image for larger picture.
December 2014: Gary Carpenter of
Colorado Springs took the following pics of his memorabilia collection of
mugs, buttons, reference and technical guides, manuals, and books before giving it away.
Click on small images to see a larger photo. Thanks Gary!
2014: Arthur Lampert wrote in to share the neat memorabilia below: I
worked in Israel, which was based in Herzliya, north of Tel Aviv, until it
moved to Ra’anana, just to the east of Herzliya. I began in June 1988 and
stayed through the transition to Compaq and then HP, where I still work. My
jobs have changed, of course.
DEC auto decals were used to identify company cars in Israel. The
rainbow decals were very old, used when the standard company car was the
Subaru 1600. Then came the blue logo decals in Hebrew, which were
eventually replaced by the red ones in English.
May 2014: Mary Cole came across an ad for
Digital's sponsorship of Evening at Pops on public TV in a
June 1990 issue of the New Yorker. Great cartoon.
Click this link to
see the image.
From Mary Cole: Just came across this
DEC Unix folder - nothing inside, but thought you'd like the outside!
June 2021: Steve Gray added a lot of
background to Lou Klotz's top photo of the red Children's Hospital block
this link to read and enjoy!
Sept. 2019: Lou Klotz sent in photos: I also have one
of the pens; but, do you remember the Coiling PDP-8 Yardstick. The
block shown in the picture was from the robotics/rapid prototyping lab made
to order as a customer watched then the blocks were sent to Children's
Hospital. In my archive I have a Customer Print Set from the PDP-8
Production line. Blue Lines were marked red/green to reflect as built and
sent to the customer in a leather binder.
Click on each small photo for larger
Mary Cole recently found a pen
commemorating the 40,000th PDP-8, and Dave Ahl added the commentary below:
Actually 40,000 PDP-8s is much more than you might
think. Typically, early straight 8 configurations cost about $30,000 or so
whereas bare-bones 8/e configurations cost about $10,000, so say an average
of $15,000 for a PDP-8 over time. That means that 40,000 machines would have
brought in revenue of about $600,000,000 ($600 million), which is a very
significant chunk of DEC's total revenue from 1965 to 1975 (peak years for
the PDP-8). Heck, total revenue of DEC in 1967 was only $4.5 million, and
that was for everything. But if you want the total number, all you have to
do is got to the Encyclopedia of Computer Science or Encyclopedia.com on
line to find that the total production of PDP-8s was approx 50,000 machines
over its 15-year life span.
Dave Ahl, www.swapmeetdave.com
Thanks to Mel and Nancy Woolsey for
contributing their collection of over 50 pix of promotional mugs and
buttons. Here is their gallery - please send in yours!
Bob Moore sent in these two items: an
ALL-IN-1 portfolio and a really handsome belt buckle of the clock tower:
"I got the belt buckle when I had been at DEC 5
years. I think I got some piece of paper congratulating me on the
achievement. That was 26 years ago. Still wear that buckle when we square
dance and to any DECconnection social fun time event, i.e., NH wine tasting.
The blue ALL-IN-1 nylon bag was a promotion item that I have had forever.
Memories of ALL-IN-1 are another fun trip when I get together with others
who were there. A non-engineered product that did well for Digital a lot of
places including the office of our president. The bag was roughly 11x16x4".
I still bring to our Board meetings with essential stuff I feel I might
Peg Masjoan is the model for this LA50
brochure. Peg worked in Logistics in
the Components Group at the time: It was taken around 1983 or 84 by Charlie
Schramek of Terminals Marketing. He approached me and asked if I'd like to
be in a photo shoot he was doing for a brochure for Select (word processing)
and Multiplan (spreadsheet) to promote the programs for the Rainbow. The
Rainbow they used in the shoot was a prototype - but the LA50 was a
production model and was prominently displayed. I didn't realize until about
6 months later when I went to another building to visit former co-workers
that the picture was used for the LA50 brochure! I happily autographed a few
of the brochures for my friends!
Steve Greenberg offers this Silicon Mountain
mug from the Semiconductor Engineering Group in Hudson, MA. "The graphic
on one side of the cup represents Silicon Mountain which was coined to be
the East Coast balance to California's Silicon Valley. The Hudson location
is at the top of a hill."
Mary Ellen Kennedy found this video on YouTube
it's a DEC ad from 1994 called "Glimpse of the Future."
"MCS on the Move" - submitted by David Fairman of Australia - This is a
promo shirt from the heady days of Multivendor Customer Services "MCS on the
Move" in Japan, circa 1988 or thereabouts. Still looks in pretty good
condition, like most things with a Digital logo, it was meant to last!
VAX VMS at 20 -
by Jim Rainville. Download here.
Mary Cole's submissions: the PDP
OEM Yardstick and CSI Business Card Case, both from the mid-1970s!