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was converted to HTML for the Web by Frank da Cruz in May 2003 for the Columbia University Computing History Project with permission and collaboration of Dr. This is a manuscript of the 3rd edition, a work in progress sponsored by the US National Science Foundation.
The first edition was published by Third Millenium Books, Novato, California, in 1991 and as noted below, copyright was reassigned to the author upon breakup of that company. Grosch says "make sure it's as generous as possible.
When I returned to the United States I brought with me the remains of my huge original archive: my 1962 call reports to Control Data, my flight logs, my appointment (and hotel/restaurant) lists, some of my expense account carbons.
But I had to admit the idea was pretty far-fetched. Kurt Vonnegut did his satire on automation so well; I had gone to GE's Association Island  and had sat under the elm that was transformed into a ruined oak at the end of his yarn.
As Schenectady became Ilion, so could Endicott become, say, Watsonville, and the shoe workers could parade past the IBM factory shouting "While you're thinking, we're drinking! But the themes would have to be spare, or the satire would be blunted.
What I wanted to do was to weave an exceedingly rich and complex fabric, with a warp of computer history but a filling, a woof, of wives and friends and travels. Think of my magnificently complicated life as a huge multi-dimensional data bank.
The totality is the autobiography - millions and millions of bytes.
Well, it looked like a lot of work, and not much fun for me or for the readers. Lewis Carroll is a favorite preceptor for just about everybody in the computer wonderland, and the thought of Watson Senior shouting "Off with her head!
" at every married IBM woman  was very appealing. " as I grew into a manager - oh, the parallels were evocative.
The television link between the jet engine test cells in Lynn and the GE 704 really did click only a few moments before the generals and the airline presidents arrived.
Tom Junior really did walk through the sacred halls of Armonk carrying a whisky carton, and with a duck in it! And some, some of the best ones like Comrie and Watson Senior and Wallie Eckert, have gone beyond my praise.
Slice it along the time axis and you have histories: big computers, software, the evolution of standards.
Slice it another way and you have applications: science, or banking, or air defense; another, and you have organizations.
But let me reassure readers, and future thesis perpetrators: I have not given "..airy nothing/ A local habitation and a name." All the things in my stories actually happened.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating