[vcf-midatlantic] NYC tonight: Peter Samson speaks on 1967 subway race (MIT/PDP-6)
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Fri Apr 21 19:57:58 EDT 2017
On Fri, Apr 21, 2017 at 2:05 PM, Ken via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:
> [Peter Samson to be interviewed by Manhattan borough historian Michael
> Miscione, NYC Fri. 4/21 7pm. Details below. -Ken]
> *THE GREAT SUBWAY RACE OF 1967 *Fifty years ago an M.I.T. computer whiz
> kid named *Peter Samson* and a group of his schoolmates attempted one of
> the most audacious stunts in the history of the New York City subway
> system. Samson programmed M.I.T.'s PDP-6 mainframe computer -- about the
> size of a passenger elevator -- to calculate the most efficient route to
> ride the entire subway system in the least amount of time. In their
> outrageous attempt to break the existing riding record the team employed
> payphones, runners, and a teletype hook-up between a makeshift "data
> center" in midtown Manhattan and the mainframe in Cambridge, Mass. *Michael
> Miscione,* the Manhattan Borough Historian, will interview Samson and one
> of his schoolmates, *George Mitchell,* as they recount the *Great Subway
> Race of 1967.* Come and find out how it all played out.
> Watch a 5-minute video preview: https://vimeo.com/212423979
> Read an article about it in the New York Times: https://nyti.ms/2pDoukH
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