She came to me just after the move, and before there were books in the library.
When I begged him to watch out, he said, "If a piece does fall, I want to be right underneath"!
My father had been inside superintendent and senior detailer for a Detroit fine-woodworking company, commuting across the river each day.
In fact, the victor, whom I knew slightly, was named Victor, which probably accounted for his victory.
I protested in my popular review of the Watson Junior autobiography years later, but it has had little effect so far: Tom and his henchmen were afraid of General Electric in 1956, of RCA in 1965, of the Washington antitrust pygmies, of European rivals.Lentz wanted to get his.Years later the two of them got in bed with BP, British Petroleum, and turned the English branch into a separate stock company.They were pleasant, rearranged several schedules to see me - but showed me no labs, no equipment, no follow-on plans; that's Siemens!So only places where there are large open-shop possibilities can cope.The one-off machines that were the features of the non-IBM conferences - seac, the von Neumann machines, the ones being built at universities and by big amateurish companies like Raytheon and General Electric - were not running even on sample problems.It could not begin to afford an atlas, but would have commercial access to the University of Manchester machine.I was rather surprised, for instance, to discover that some solar observations that were collected in my division were routinely being sent to Italy for international compilation.We came to find out about the successor machine, the 701A, and from the lips of its designer, Gene Amdahl.Bob Bemer had not yet arrived on the scene.He said he treated a broad spectrum of patients; all was grist that came to a midtown practice in those days!I had three amazing days, and drove out to the airport past ditches full of water buffalos to board a familiar PanAm 707 - the famous globe-circling Flight 2 - for Hong Kong.
Losing patience with the whole thing - perhaps partly because the ascc was by this time the, ahem, Navy mark I, and Jim's wonderful designs were for the Army Air Force - he ran the protesting young man off the premises.
He said it wasn't clear whether they had a 7094 coming, and grumbled about unimaginative local management.
Slowly the idea crystallized that I should go over for a few months, see what I might do for a British or European or even American firm, spend as little as possible.
Dorothy had brought nice china and family silver to the marriage, and both by natural bent and scientific observation had over our years together become a rather skilled hostess.
Tuesday morning, stepping carefully through the carnival debris at the airport, I flew back to Stuttgart and reclaimed my neglected Simca, and drove soberly off to Bern.Kroos, Siemens Halske A Very Small Electronic Digital Computer with Stored Program Control.D.In fact, Poughkeepsie got so good at rolling out 704s that a few later recipients had to warehouse theirs for a month or two, at 1500 per day, because the accommodations were not ready - so IBM would have let me stockpile mine, at the.I emphasized that this was a new idea for CDC and did not have full support of all corporate staff; that this would depend on details.On the other hand, I knew a great deal already about North America and the.K., and very little about Austria.However, it did have a price list attached.But the CDC exhibit was built around the 606 that I had been talking about up and down the continent, and it was seriously damaged in shipment - and need I say there were power supply problems too!The doorman and hangers-on pushed the gorgeous vehicle to the side; I assume the driver reclaimed it after the performance!They startled me when, on a brief tour, they showed me a big area that was intended for TR4 test when production was "moved from Backnung".