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Personal Recollections on: the First Quarter-Century of AFIPS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000129512D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-06
Document File: 12 page(s) / 50K

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ROBERT W. RECTOR: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

The year was 1961; the scene was a Southern California coffee shop, and Walter F. Bauer of Ramo-Wooldridge was presiding over the April breakfast meeting of the 1961 Western Joint Computer Conference Committee. The meeting was spirited, as the chairmen of the various subcommittees reported on the status of their activities. Cornelius Leondes of UCLA chaired the Program Committee, with Paul Armer, John D. Madden, and John McLeod serving as assistant program chairmen. Keith W. Uncapher was the vice-chairman of the conference; he supplied the continuity and historical perspective for the forthcoming event. Rumor had it that this would be the last Joint Computer Conference (JCC) to be held under the sponsorship of the National Joint Computer Committee (NJCC). It was said that a new organization was to be created to run the JCCs.

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Personal Recollections on: the First Quarter-Century of AFIPS

ROBERT W. RECTOR

  (Image Omitted: © 1986 by the American Federation of Information Processing Societies, Inc. Permission to copy without fee all or part of this material is granted provided that the copies are not made or distributed for direct commercial advantage, the AFIPS copyright notice and the title of the publication and its date appear, and notice is given that the copying is by permission of the American Federation of Information Processing Societies, Inc. To copy otherwise, or to republish, requires specific permission. Categories and Subject Descriptors: K.2 [History of Computing] -- people; K.7 [The Computing Profession] -- AFIPS, organizations. General Terms: Management. Author's Address: 639 University Extension Building, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

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Personal Recollections on: the First Quarter-Century of AFIPS

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The year was 1961; the scene was a Southern California coffee shop, and Walter F. Bauer of Ramo-Wooldridge was presiding over the April breakfast meeting of the 1961 Western Joint Computer Conference Committee. The meeting was spirited, as the chairmen of the various subcommittees reported on the status of their activities. Cornelius Leondes of UCLA chaired the Program Committee, with Paul Armer, John D. Madden, and John McLeod serving as assistant program chairmen. Keith W. Uncapher was the vice-chairman of the conference; he supplied the continuity and historical perspective for the forthcoming event. Rumor had it that this would be the last Joint Computer Conference (JCC) to be held under the sponsorship of the National Joint Computer Committee (NJCC). It was said that a new organization was to be created to run the JCCs.

I was the conference administrator for the 1961 Western Joint Computer Conference (WJCC), a position that Bauer had created when he accepted the chairmanship of the conference. He had been able to implement this move because he was then my boss. For those like myself who were not in direct contact with the national body, the NJCC, the implications the impending event -- the last JCC -- were unclear. The immediate goal of our committee was probably the same as that of the eighteen previous JCC committees -- certainly, as I was to find out later, the same as that of succeeding conference committees -- to make "our" JCC the "best ever." The technical program included a presentation by Herbert A. Simon, who became a Nobel Laureate in 1977, as well as papers by Marvin Minsky, Edward A. Feigenbaum, John McCarthy, and Jean
E. Sammet, to mention but a few of those who were to shape information processing in the years to come. Leondes and his committee had also scheduled sessions on microsystem electronics...