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The DEC Connection is an association dedicated to preserving the unique culture of Digital Equipment Corporation by reuniting the Digital family through face-to-face events, intra-personal and group communications, and joint activities. We want to preserve Ken Olsen's cultural, technical and management legacies. We promote events of local ex-DEC clubs. Membership is open to all former employees and contractors - JOIN HERE!   To submit content, email webmaster.

 

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Reunions & Events

Summer 2015 in Nashua NH:  Enjoy dinner and a folk/jazz concert downtown with your DEC friends!  

Join our group for dinner downtown prior to the free concert.  Then we'll enjoy the folk/jazz duo Ari and Mia on Thursday July 23 from 7-9 PM on the lawn of the Library on Court St.

 

To sign up for dinner first, email ava@decconnection.org. 

Click for more info on our NH page.

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See photos from Kimball Farm Summer Party here.

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SAVE THESE DATES in 2016:

  • 24 Feb 2016 - SW Florida in Naples FL

  • 22 April 2016 - Colorado Springs 14th Reunion

Announcements

We have the following request for assistance - please contact Tina directly.

We have several DEC-10 tapes which we would like to have converted to
DVD format.

Could you possibly provide us with any contact information for any folks who might be able to perform this task, preferably in the Boston, MA area.

Thanks so much -
Tina George (for Joel Rosenfeld)
Director of Finance, United University Professions
(518) 640-6608 or email tgeorge@uupmail.org

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Former Digital engineer Ed Mierzwa attended the April 2015 Vintage Computer Festival East, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the PDP-8, and sent us this "guided tour" with his annotations. Enjoy his photos on our website at this link. Ed's email is ep_mierzwa@verizon.net   Thank you so much, Ed!

Featured Entrepreneur

 

Meet our featured member Entrepreneur, Eliane Markoff, founder of Art in Giving - an update

Digital_Man/Digital_World

 

The first PBS showing of Digital_Man/Digital_World was 21 Feb 2012 in Indianapolis - here is a link to the 57-minute video on their website to watch on your computer!

http://video.wfyi.org/video/2282149336/

 

The DVD of Digital_Man/Digital_World is available from PBS; $24.95 plus ship.

Here is a link to shopPBS to purchase.

 

New Chapters
  • Southwest Florida - we have started up a southwest FL chapter.  Send your name and email and phone number to Sally Hering (sahering@msn.com) if you are interested in a get-together in the Naples area.
  • Washington, D.C. (DC, MD, VA, WV) DECconnection chapter? If you're interested please email new member Charlotte Cocke Conley at charlottecconley@gmail.com who will organize. If you know any ex-DECcies in this area please contact to ask them to contact Charlotte. thanks!
  • Central FL - an HP Retiree Group (for which we qualify as members) is being started at The Villages, meeting quarterly for lunch. Contact Judy Donohue, 352-603-3941, HPFloridaretirees@gmail.com

Memorials

click on link above for details

  • Allen B. Forgues, 67, of Monson MA, 5 June 2015

  • Dick Poulsen, 80, Clearwater Beach FL, 4 June 2015

  • Betty (Elizabeth) Connor, 84, Charlton MA, 30 May 2015

  • Jerry Vanderwaall, 68,Colorado Springs CO, 20 May 2015

  • Paul F. Chambers, West Boylston MA, 14 May 2015

  • Clem G. O'Brien, North Ft. Meyers FL/Newburyport MA, 1 May 2015

  • Captain Bob (Robert James) Decker, Key West FL, 30 April 2015

  • Randy Vance, Colorado Springs, 21 April 2015

  • Mark J. Eager, Colorado Springs, 4 April 2015

HP Connection

  • Handy Reference Chart: info on Retiree Benefits, Stock Plan

  • DEC Retiree Benefits include the HP Employee Purchase Plan

  • Know someone who is leaving HP? Please pass the word to anyone leaving HP to use the HP Alumni Association's "ASAP Checklist" immediately. It has advice and mutual help -- developed by HPAA members -- on the many things you have to do before you lose access to HP's internal systems. Thanks to Curt Gowan for this info. Go to http://www.hpalumni.org/asap (HPAA membership not required.)

  • If you know someone who has been offered the HP 2014 U.S. Phased Retirement Program, please send them this link: http://www.hpalumni.org/PRP This independent site has advice and reference info from HP alumni who have gone through previous retirement/layoff cycles. We also have an email list for updated information and moderated discussions. Thanks to Curt Gowan for this info.

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