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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

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 One of our members, John Potucek from Derry, is running for state representative in New Hampshire!  Click the image below to see John's summary statement.

Featured Entrepreneur

Meet our featured member Entrepreneur, Barbara Finer, in Southboro MA, founder of TechSandBox



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!


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 are excited to announce that we're starting up a southwest FL chapter.  Send your name and email and phone number to Sally Hering ( 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 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,


click on link above for details

  • The family of Ted Johnson will hold a Celebration of Life memorial in the future.

  • The family of John Loether, who passed away Aug 22, is holding a memorial service on September 8th. See Memorial page for details.

  • The family of Bob Hughes, who passed away in May, is holding a small memorial for Bob in Bedford MA on September 13, 2014 and would like to invite Digital colleagues.  Please see the obituary sent by his brother, Jim Hughes, at this link.  To attend the memorial, please request an invitation by email using the link in the document.


  • Sarah Martel, 81, Sudbury MA; 6 Sept. 2014

  • Ted Johnson, 82, Martha's Vineyard MA; 31 August 2014 - Memorial planned in future, will be announced.  See memorial page for obituary.

  • John Loether, 69, Berlin MA; 22 August 2014 - Memorial service Sep 8.

  • My-Quan Tran, 64, Boca Raton FL; 18 August 2014

  • Linda D. Brooks, 65, Merrimack NH; 8 August 2014

  • Mike (Myron E.) Sanderson, 83, Nashua NH; 25 July 2014

  • Fred Bell, Port Charlotte FL, 15 July 2014

  • Steve Teicher, 70, Titusville FL, 5 July 2014

  • Ron Josephson, 65, Worcester MA, 29 June 2014

Ken Olsen Memorial summary - audio and movie of entire service are now on our website.

HP Connection

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 (HPAA membership not required.)

Handy Reference Chart: info on Retiree Benefits, Stock Plan

DEC Retiree Benefits include the HP Employee Purchase Plan

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