[vcf-midatlantic] My first computer memory

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Sun May 23 14:57:43 UTC 2021


On 5/21/21 10:43 PM, Lois Krayeski via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
> Sure good to hear from you “old-timers.”  My first recollection was in 1952, fresh out of high school, working with Potter Instrument.  I started by QC testing components, ie., resisters, capacitors, tubes and condensers.  To make my job easier, I designed a simple testing jig.  John Potter was impressed enough to make me a engineering technician/field service engineer.  I constructed “decades”, soldering components on to printed circuit boards [NOT integrated circuit boards].  I graduated to a project funded by Harvard University, which was an attempt to read (using photoelectric cells) typed Master’s Theses and print (copy) the document using an early ink jet printer.  To my knowledge the project failed, due to limitations of the photoelectric cells.  I assisted in the installation of several Potter testing units in commercial and military units.  We input data using Teletype terminals (punched paper tape) using “Potter” codes.  My career with Potter ended when I was drafted into the US Army during the Korean War.  In later years I worked for Reeves Instrument Corp., Litton Systems Inc, Howard Research Corp, Control Data Corp and the US federal government.  In my later years I was one of the pioneers in the office automation and digital optical storage fields.  I retired in the year 2000.  Felix Krayeski

  Wow, hats off, that's quite the illustrious career in computing and
instrumentation!  Very cool indeed.

             -Dave

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Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
New Kensington, PA


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