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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

SW-FL DEC CONNECTION GET TOGETHER 

Thursday, February 25, 2016
LOCATION: ‘M’ Waterfront Grille on Venetian Bay

                        VENETIAN VILLAGE, NAPLES
www.MWaterfrontGrille.com

TIME: 5:30 – 9pm - come for drinks, stay for dinner, or whatever works for you!
Everyone will be responsible for their own tab.
Contact: Sally Hering, sahering@msn.com, 954-646-2360

 

The 30th anniversary of DDITC (Discover Digital in the Caribbean) will take place in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Saturday October 15, 2016.   If interested in attending please contact Alex at alexrsinger@yahoo.com

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Galen Davis' review of the November 2015 Phoenix Luncheon

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SAVE THESE DATES:

  • Thurs 25 Feb 2016 - SW Florida in Naples FL

  • 2 April 2016 - Phoenix AZ semi-annual luncheon

  • 22 April 2016 - Colorado Springs 14th Reunion

  • 15 Oct 2016 - Digital Caribbean - 30th Anniv party - San Juan PR

Announcements

 

We are so very sad to report the passing of Win Hindle on 1 Sept. 

See obituary on Memorial page. 

Marcia Russell sent the following note which will ring true for so many:

I am saddened by the news that Win Hindle had passed this week. I am saddened to lose such a glorious, warm and affable leader. Win was always there for me when I needed guidance and a friend. He had the warmest smile and the most gracious demeanor. One could count on Win to “do the right thing” with the correct solutions. He was our corporate rudder and our main sail in the strongest of tempests in the best of times and in the most difficult of times... My condolences to his family and to all of us in our Digital family.

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June 2015: Maynard’s historic mill, Clock Tower Place, formerly Digital's Mill, is about to undergo a historic renovation and become "Mill & Main."

Read about it here.

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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, Michalene Kosinski, of Antiques and Collectibles Mall of New England.

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

  • Jean Neal, 86, of North Chelmsford MA, 31 Jan 2016

  • Mike English, 54, Colorado Springs, 26 Jan 2016

  • Sue Dvorak, 74, Garland TX and Colorado Springs, 30 Dec 2015

  • Gerald T. Power, 61, Clinton and Maynard MA, 22 Dec 2015

  • Joseph J. Bilello, 82, Gulf Breeze FL, 17 December 2015

  • Frank Digilio, 84, Sandwich MA, 11 December 2015

  • Denis Camp, 71, Colorado Springs, 2 December 2015

  • Dick (Richard Edward) Flutie, 76, Natick MA, 18 November 2015

  • Sheila Jackman Power, 86, Maynard MA - September 4, 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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