[vcf-midatlantic] Mystery system

Jeff Galinat jgalinat at optonline.net
Thu Feb 4 23:08:54 EST 2016

On 2/4/2016 8:49 PM, Mike Loewen via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
>    I'm trying to identify a system which appeared in "The Killer Elite"
> (1975), with a room full of tape drives and a couple of terminals:
>    The drives appear to be IBM 3420s, but with an additional box on top,
> labeled "SMS".  The system itself doesn't appear in any of the shots.
> Some sort of IBM 370, perhaps?
Hi Mike,
   Yes, they appear to be 3420 tape drives and the terminals are 3277s.  
I remember seeing boxes similar to the one in the pics attached to tape 
drives to prompt the operator for a mount or a particular tape vol.  I 
never had any in my accounts so I am not really familiar with them.  
 From the size of the tape pool, I would think it was a larger 370 like 
a 3155, 3158 or a 3168 but that is just guessing on my part.  It could 
have even been a 3145 or 3148 but I doubt it was anything smaller.
Jeff Galinat

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