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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


Join us at the inaugural event of the SW Florida Chapter!


Friday, April 24, 2015 - dinner at a nice restaurant on the bay

5:30-9:30 PM in Naples FL


For details click here.

Organized by Sally Hering,



BBQ/Annual Shred Day - April 25 - Westborough MA

Simply bring anything you would like to have shredded to 1800 West Park Drive, Westborough, MA in the Westborough Office Park on Saturday, April 25, 2015 between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Sponsored by Legacy Financial Advisors.

Join us for a BBQ and music while you watch your papers being shredded.

Please RSVP by April 22nd to

with your name and email address. There is no fee for this event. Nancy Kilty, DEC Connection president, will host our members at the event.

Secure shredding provided by Pellegrino Trucking.



Colorado Springs reunion, Fri 24 April 2015

details at




Gordon Bell writes that The Computer Museum is Alive and Well!      See his cyberspace tour on our website here.



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



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

  • Percy Jackson, Atlanta/Colorado Springs, 2 March 2015

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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