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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



The family of Ted Johnson, Digital's #1 salesperson, will hold a Celebration of Life memorial on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln MA. See memorial page for details.

Featured Entrepreneur

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

Special Offer from Barb Finer for DEC Connection members to try out TechSandBox programs: During the rest of 2014, DEC Connection members or anyone showing an old Digital badge when they register at the door will get $20 off (which is free for more than half the programs). Go to for dates of programs, SIGs, etc. Lots of Digital alums are already taking advantage of these terrific resources for networking and learning. Be sure to check out "Office Hours with Experts" - currently pro bono! Help celebrate TechSandBox' 1-year anniversary and new 501c3 status! Questions? or 508-485-7263. TechSandBox™ Inc., 105B South Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748



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

  • George W. Berry, 69, Lincoln and Alford, MA, 12 Nov 2014

  • Bob Trocchi, 81, Sudbury MA, 10 Nov 2014

  • Marsha Bates, Pikes Peak CO. 15 Oct 2014

  • Stuart Glenn Tramell, 70, Colorado Springs CO, 30 Sept. 2014

  • Frank Bowden, Dallas TX, 30 Sept. 2014

  • Jim Pitts, 72, Amherst MA; 28 Sept. 2014

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

  • Ted Johnson, 82, Martha's Vineyard MA; 31 August 2014 - Celebration of Life planned for Sun May 17 2015.  See memorial page for obituary and details.

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.)

  • If you know someone who has been offered the HP 2014 U.S. Phased Retirement Program, please send them this link: 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.

Handy Reference Chart: info on Retiree Benefits, Stock Plan

DEC Retiree Benefits include the HP Employee Purchase Plan

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