[vcf-midatlantic] Greenbar print

Glenn Holmer cenbe at kolabnow.com
Sun Feb 28 16:49:44 UTC 2021

On 2/27/21 10:58 PM, Mike Loewen via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
> On Sat, 27 Feb 2021, Jeffrey Brace wrote:
>> So someone else pointed out that dot matrix printout isn't historically
>> accurate. So what kind of printer would have actually been used for the
>> Apollo 8 code?
>     A chain-train or drum printer, such as an IBM 1403. The CHM has a 
> working 1403 on their 1401 system.

Ugh, memories. The 1403 had a worm gear to raise the lid, and 
occasionally ours would fail. If that happened, the only way to operate 
the printer until the CE arrived was to prop it open with a two-by-four 
like a car hood. We even had a specially measured two-by-four with a "V" 
notch cut in one end for this purpose. One of the guys before me had 
written on it in magic marker "IBM Butt-Whacker, Part No. ..."

We had this kind: https://bit.ly/2P9tC15

Of course, hearing loss was almost inevitable if you used it that way...

Glenn Holmer (Linux registered user #16682)
"After the vintage season came the aftermath -- and Cenbe."

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