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Comments, Queries, and Debate: Correction to "Early Computer User Groups" by Herbert S. Bright, Vol. 12, No. 1, 1990

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000129682D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Mar-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-06
Document File: 1 page(s) / 13K

Publishing Venue

Software Patent Institute

Related People

Philip H. Dorn: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

25 East 86th Street New York, NY 100280553 U.S.A. On Page 59, Table 1 (Machine-Oriented User Groups), it is possible that Bright listed the machines and officers relevant to the time of the writing of the report (August 1960) rather than at the time of their founding. SHARE held its first meeting 22-26 August 1955 and the first president was Frank Engel (Westinghouse). Similarly at the time of founding, the only relevant machine was the IBM 704; the others had not yet appeared on the computer scene. I believe that the concept of a SHARE meeting occurred in the offices of Lee Amaya at the Institute of Aeronautical Sciences with Frank Wagner (the second SHARE President, from North American Aviation) as midwife; Fletcher Jones, later one of the founders of the Computer Sciences Corporation, assisted. This table, slightly modified, also appears in the answers to the Self Study Questions in Vol. 12, No. 3, p. 215. On page 60, in Table 2a, Walter Carlson's name is misspelled. On page 61, the SHARE routine submitted by General Motors Research was actually named DYANA; the description of DYANA is correct.

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THIS DOCUMENT IS AN APPROXIMATE REPRESENTATION OF THE ORIGINAL.

Copyright ©; 1991 by the American Federation of Information Processing Societies, Inc. Used with permission.

Comments, Queries, and Debate: Correction to "Early Computer User Groups" by Herbert S. Bright, Vol. 12, No. 1, 1990.

Philip H. Dorn

25 East 86th Street New York, NY 100280553 U.S.A.

On Page 59, Table 1 (Machine-Oriented User Groups), it is possible that Bright listed the machines and officers relevant to the time of the writing of the report (August 1960) rather than at the time of their founding. SHARE held its first meeting 22-26 August 1955 and the first president was Frank Engel (Westinghouse). Similarly at the time of founding, the only relevant machine was the IBM 704; the others had not yet appeared on the computer scene. I believe that the concept of a SHARE meeting occurred in the offices of Lee Amaya at the Institute of Aeronautical Sciences with Frank Wagner (the second SHARE President, from North American Aviation) as midwife; Fletcher Jones, later one of the founders of the Computer Sciences Corporation, assisted. This table, slightly modified, also appears in the answers to the Self Study Questions in Vol. 12, No. 3, p. 215.

On page 60, in Table 2a, Walter Carlson's name is misspelled. On page 61, the SHARE routine submitted by General Motors Research was actually named DYANA; the description of DYANA is correct.

For more information on SHARE, see "SHARE -- Eulogy to Cooperative...