[vcf-midatlantic] VCF West XIII - My experience

Jeffrey Brace jeffrey at vcfed.org
Wed Aug 8 16:10:28 EDT 2018

On Wed, Aug 8, 2018 at 2:04 AM Mike Loewen via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:

> On Wed, 8 Aug 2018, Jeffrey Brace via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
> > Got to meet Steve Russell who created Space War and have him sign a Space
> > War t-shirt. Didn't even know the guy was a docent there or what he
> looked
> > like. I saw him in the bathroom and held the door open for him as he
> uses a
> > walker, then later sat down for lunch and found out who he was. You never
> > know who you run into there.
>     When I visited the CHM in 2005, Lyle Bickley gave us a sneak preview
> of the
> PDP-1 (it wasn't yet open to the public).  He fired it up, and we also
> played
> Space War.  I noticed a speaker on top of the machine, and asked if they
> had a
> music program running.  Lyle said that Peter Samson was helping to
> recreate
> the music synthesizer he wrote at MIT for the PDP-1.  As we were leaving
> the
> room, he said "Oh, there's Peter now!"  He introduced me to Peter, who was
> also a docent at the CHM.

Yes, they first played the music program. Incredible! Very interesting
story how they got the PDP-1 and how they got it working.

> Mike Loewen                             mloewen at cpumagic.scol.pa.us
> Old Technology                          http://q7.neurotica.com/Oldtech/
Jeff Brace
Vice President
Vintage Computer Federation

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