DECconnection member means membership is
10/7/22: We have a thriving Digital "Old Timers" group in Calgary, run
by Dave Boone. Please email him at
email@example.com to join the
11/28/19: Zul will be relocating to Calgary in Alberta, Canada over the
next few months.
11/21/13: Zul's Carolinas reunion in Raleigh NC was a great success! 40
ex-DECcies attended. Next reunion in 2015.
See the Carolinas Chapter page for report and photos.
7/13: Zul is organizing a reunion dinner for all DECies in Raleigh NC
for Sept/Oct. Email him to sign up.
2011: Zul has left Stromasys, and can now be reached at
10/09: Meet Zul Abbany and Stromasys, Inc. - a
virtualization company that keeps DEC products alive for our loyal
users. Zul organized our Carolinas chapter and hosted its first meeting
in October 2009.
1/13: What does a good parent do? They put out the food and the toys
with good instructions and if successful the kids make a huge mess. My
partners and I have all been on the net for >4 decades and we are not
going to retire, so we started DiskCorp.com with a mission to deliver
technology solutions that optimize service supply chains and maximize
asset value of returned electronics by extending product and component
lifecycles through environmentally sustainable services.
2/15: Klaus Ahlborn joined DEC Connection: I started with DEC in Germany
1980, leaving HP 2002. Now at BERIS Consulting, Leader Base Solution &
Services, delivering Application Management Services for Customer
Volkswagen in Germany, Wolfsburg.
12/11: Bob Alessio is a DJ host of "VIVA Italia" - an Italian song fest
on WCUW 91.3 FM in Worcester MA on Sunday afternoons from 12-2 PM EST.
It can be listened to on the Internet on www.wcuw.org.
11/11: Congratulations and thanks to our member, Bob Alessio, a 30-year
Digital veteran, for joining our DEC Connection Board. Bob stays very
busy with his interest in Music, Adventure Sports, and as the
Producer/Programmer of a Radio Show. His memories of Digital:
Best-In-Class Founder, Company, Colleagues, Products and Services!
9/16: We are saddened to report that Debra passed away on August 13,
2/13: In September 2012, I hosted the World Summit on Innovation
and Entrepreneurship [WSIE] in Boston which convened 600+ from 50
countries: – www.thewsie.org
Integral to the planning were some other Digital players, such as Jack
Mileski, Nancy Kilty and Anker Berg-Sonne. Joel Schwartz, now at EMC2
helped underwrite the Boston Harbor Cruise for our ENTOVATION Network
guests – 23 from 16 countries. In preparation, we convened a Boston
Innovation Tour for 52 CEOs from Northern Italy:
[scroll down for links including their video]. It is fun to see Boston
through the eyes of our international visitors. You may be surprised to
know how many times DECWorld was referenced, including the QE2. Made
quite an impression!
2011: Sara is now employed as a recruiter.
05/09: Sara Alvarado is a senior recruiter, trainer in Resume
Writing, Networking, Behavioral Interviewing, and researcher, now living
in Phoenix AZ, with 25 years of Recruitment in hi-tech, DEC/Intel,
Aerospace and Healthcare industries. Sara participated as a
speaker offering advice in our 2009 Jobs-Finding Concall.
9/21: I am doing well in Colorado and
loving it. My wife and I moved here (Broomfield) from the Houston
area about 3-1/2 years ago. I'm staying busy playing lots of
tennis, biking, and working for the Colorado Rockies during the
baseball season. Sorry to miss all the upcoming Maynard fun events.
Please pass my regards to Jack Mileski and some of my old OIS
9/21: Will Anderson retired a few years ago
from his career started at Digital as a software development manager,
and splits his time between coastal Maine in the summer and Vermont in
the winter(!) with his wife Juliana.
9/22: We are sad to report that Ruth
passed away in September 2022.
12/20: Being in Georgia just isn’t the same
as the old times when my first location was on Parker Street and a short
commute to Concord. Now I’ve become a Southerner but still talk New
Have started to spend the winter with my
daughter Beth, also an ex-Dec, in Atlanta. She said her friends call me
a "college student": I leave on a trip, come back to do laundry, then
leave again...this year it has been Antarctica, Easter Island, Costa
Rica, Panama, and London is coming up in March.
2/13: Bob Arnett (DEC 1984-1998) - Just completed 10 years as CIO at
Cobb EMC in Marietta, GA. Won an international CIO of the Year award in
2008 and Georgia CIO of the Year in 2010. Enjoy attending the Atlanta
(Southeast) Region DEC reunions and have hired two former DEC employees
to work at Cobb EMC (Byron Finley and Patty Yost).
3/11: Bob Arnett (at Digital from 1984-1999): is CIO of Cobb
Electric Membership Corporation in Marietta, Georgia. Bob was recently
promoted to Senior VP, and was awarded the 2010 Georgia CIO of the Year
Award by the Georgia CIO Leadership Association.
See this announcement in TechLinks, the CIO e-zine by clicking here.
To reconnect with Bob, send an email to
8/10: Bob Arnett writes that he has
served as CIO for Cobb Energy in Marietta, GA for the last 7+ years. He
has received multiple professional awards: the 2007 Utilities CIO of the
Year by EnergyBiz Magazine, and awarded Best CIS implementation in 2008
by CS Week Conference and Electric Power & Light Magazine. Way to go
2/11: Cori Ashworth
(firstname.lastname@example.org) writes: I am now a career and management
coach, working with local and remote clients and organizations. My
4/19: Tom Austin writes that he is launching a new research and advisory
service (TheAnalystSyndicate) at the end of June 2019. Already have 19
contributors. For an early peek, see
https://www.thansyn.com. If you have an analyst background (IT and
business) and are retired or soon to be, and want to keep up your
involvement in the industry, drop me a line at email@example.com.
11/20: Has it really been
forty-six years since Bill Hanson (Of Blessed Memory) hired
me? Yup! I still knit whenever I can and there's chicken
soup (with matzoh balls, of course) in the freezer! Thinking
about taking my Twiddle Muffs for Alzheimer's Disease
Victims national. Interested in helping? Holler! Jackie
4/19: Join me while we build THE
TWIDDLE MUFF NATION! Twiddle Muffs are warm hand-holders
with attachment for Alzheimer's Disease Patients.
1/16: Jackie joined Digital in 1974 working in
Human Resources in Bill Hansen's organization at the Mill. She
later worked in Arizona, Santa Clara, and Arizona again. She says:
"a bunch of DECmemories... regards to all." She is now working as a
Knitting Therapist..."joy thru Knitting and Story Telling" and also
provides smoking cessation support.
9/17: Susan wants to let technical folks
looking for work in the Nashua area know that there's a technical
networking group out there that may be helpful - see the Nashua Tech Net
Group on Linked In, run by Steve Munyan. They have regular networking
meetings, bring your business cards and a resume.
7/17: I was employed at DEC-Compaq-HP from
1976 to 2005, mainly in Nashua, NH. Then I worked as a Project Manager
for Philips Healthcare in Andover, MA from 2006-2012, and as a Program
Manager for Verizon in Lowell, MA from 2013-2017. I fully retired in
June and I am living with my husband Henri in Windham, NH. Contact:
2/14: Recently completed Solar PV Installer Boot Camp + NABCEP Entry
Level Exam Prep course from Heatspring Learning Institute. Now a Solar
Energy intern at the Wind Sun Institute (windsuninstitute.com) in
Kingston, MA, providing green solar energy systems to residential
customers in southeastern Massachusetts.
3/13: Currently evaluating career options and opportunities after taking
early retirement from HP after 17 years with DEC/COMPAQ/HP in the
Storage division. For those looking to vacation on Cape Cod this summer,
we're renting our vacation home in Orleans, MA. See listing at
Fred & Sharon have moved full time to Ithaca NY, near three
grandchildren leaving two grandchildren behind in the Boston area
(wailing and gnashing of teeth). Fred is toying with a radio journalism
career with local community radio station: WRFI: Watkins Glen & Ithaca.
He's focusing on healthcare and the pending NY Health Act which would
institute a single-payer insurance system for NY state (much like the
fire department which is also a single payer system). Save billions of
dollars and hundreds of lives and thousands of medical bankruptcies.
10/17: Fred wrote that he is auditing a class at Ithaca College in the
school of journalism on independent media, history of. Turns out the
classroom was donated in 1989 by none other than Digital Equipment
3/16: Fred Balfour writes that he and wife Sharon have enriched their
retirement by relocating from their 33-year home in Newton to homes near
their two daughters and 5 grandchildren in Freeville NY (Ithaca) and
Somerville MA. In addition to grandchild time we've enjoyed travel to
visit other family and friends, and we participate in book clubs and
8/15: After 35 years of DEC/Compag/HP I
decided to return to public safety; a vocation that complies with the
3/12: I am a Rockport Rotarian and attend
weekly meetings, listen to Celtic and Patriot games, a member of Town
Committees, enjoy working in my yard and the outdoors, visit the local
coffee shop, try to keep up with local news, enjoy my family.
3/11: From Nick Barletta, MA: I was
fortunate to have worked for DEC and retired from the Mill in Maynard.
It was a long drive commuting from Rockport every day, but the
experience of working for DEC and Ken Olsen was memorable. I retired
from being a Rockport Selectman for 39 years, but still keep active in
local affairs. Also, I wish to say hello to my many DEC colleagues and
Former DEC Field Service Logistic Administer between 1969 and 1973.
Since then has over 41 years of leadership and managerial experience in
REO disposition. To learn more go to
3/11: Regina Barton, So. CA, writes:
It is hard to believe that I have now been retired for 19 years, which
is longer than I worked for DEC (16 years). At the LA office, we did
have a couple of visits from Ken (of blessed memory) and I never forgot
him. Since: we have been living in Leisure World in Laguna Woods for
nearly 11 years and there's so much to do here that there's no time to
be bored! We are involved with our community and social life and are
very grateful that we can still help and enjoy all the activities. I
still have contact with quite a few of my DECcie friends from the LA,
Orange and San Diego county offices.
1/17: Chris has returned to the East Coast to New York.
8/11: Chris Battista (1976 WFO to 2000 MRO) writes: After spending
30 years in Stow, MA I am moving to Portland, Oregon to be closer to my
extended family. We have been visiting for several years and have
enjoyed every trip. It would be nice to find a few DEC folks in the
Portland area. I can reached at my new/old employer, Hewlett Packard
2/13: Madaline and I are traveling in
the southwestern US this winter. We are pulling our Airstream with a
Chevy Silverado. We are currently attending a rally with other Airstream
owners in Blythe, Ca and plan to explore Palm Springs next month. We'll
be heading home to Westford MA in mid July or so.
Camping at Blythe, CA 92223 Cell: 978 399 3183 firstname.lastname@example.org
4/17: New DEC Connection member Debra Beckman writes: I worked from
88-94 in Birmingham, AL as a senior consultant and moved to Palo Alto,
CA in 94. Left Digital shortly thereafter and am now in Tennessee
working for an insurance software company. I have many lovely memories
of my time at Digital and enjoyed very much working with everyone there.
Beirne, John E.
3/12: Nothing to report other than I'm happily (very)
2/13: I worked for DEC for 18
years from 1977-1994. Right now, I am working as National Sales Manager
for a software company named Exact Software. I manage a team of 13 sales
people and am always looking for potential new hires. I can best be
reached at email@example.com or 603-718-2347. I would love to hear
from ex-DECCIES that I may have worked with in past years.
Wayne Belanger, 5 Dora St. Nashua, NH 03060/603-718-2347
2/13: I worked at DEC from 1977-2000 mostly at NIO- Salem, NH
Manufacturing in Finance.
Currently working at Polycom in Andover MA as an Inventory Control
Analyst and am working with lots of old DECies, and sometimes we
reminisce about the good old days !!!
10/13: New Member Tony Bento writes: Been
working at DEC-COMPAQ-HP for over 41 years. What a long strange trip
it's been. -TB
01/11: I worked for DEC from 1980 until 2005, after Intel’s take
over. I currently work for BAE Systems, which is a military contractor
out of the Nashua NH area. In one of our company communications
newsletters in Oct 2010, they announced that they had just retired 3 VAX
servers that had been dutifully running in NH for all these years! How
proud I felt. Now that is a wonderful example of a quality product!
5/10: I worked at the Semiconductor plant in
Hudson MA from 1980 until about 2005. I will remember my time at Digital
forever fondly - I worked with the greatest group of brilliant engineers
and technicians. If you were willing to work hard and had the ambition
to excel, Digital gave you every opportunity. I loved working at Digital
and miss it to this day. (Now, Pam is employed as an IC Designer.)
and Board member
7/22: Anker has joined the volunteer
Board of DEC Connection. Thank you, Anker!
3/21: Anker Berg-Sonne** writes: Since
Kirsten and I discovered that used Porsche Boxsters from the early 2000s
are relatively inexpensive and bought one, I have gotten into cars in a
big way. We bought another Boxster 2 years later so we could have a his
and hers and a year ago I bought a Caterham/Lotus 7. I am very active in
the Porsche Club of America and have been on the regional board now for
over 3 years. I have also joined several Lotus 7 clubs and participate
in lots of activities in all of them. My latest hobby is Sim Racing
where you sit at home in a racing seat with a steering wheel and pedals
wearing a virtual reality headset racing against other fans also sitting
in their homes. It is a hoot and as exciting as real racing, but a lot
cheaper and a lot less risky to wallet, limb, and life! And yes, with
the pandemic, we miss traveling very much. We hope to take one of the
Porsches up to the top of Newfoundland this summer.
4/17: Anker and Kirsten Berg-Sonne write: We
are doing what we can to enjoy retirements as much as we possibly can.
Driving and travel are our shared passions. We became aware of the
astounding depreciating curves of luxury cars and last year bought a
2004 Porsche Boxster convertible as a toy car and traded Anker's Subaru
Forester for a 2009 Mercedes convertible. In October of last year we
visited South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana, and we spent February in
Key Largo to soak up warmth as we have for the last 20 years. In June we
plan to take the Porsche to Nova Scotia and in July we will be in
Denmark for a wedding. In August Anker and his oldest daughter's family
are going to watch the total solar eclipse in Oregon. We are still in
decent health even though Kirsten is going to need a second knee
replacement soon and Anker just had both eyes operated for cataracts,
with good results.
10/15: Retired in March of 2015 and really enjoying
it. Spending time traveling to exotic destinations and enjoying my many
12/15: I just received a email from Romeo Giussoni who worked for
Digital in HK when I also was there. He now lives in Switzerland as does
his son who recently went to Italy and the Ferrari plant. Read what he
said AND LOOK AT THE FRONT OF THE RACECAR!
From Romeo: Christian was visiting this week in Modena, Italy the
Ferrari factory and its museum. (Photo at left.) Another century that
was, DIGITAL was alive and kicking ... and sponsoring Ferrari.
2/11: Jerry Bernath
former Digital sales exec now retired in FL and his boat BiBi, writes:
"I am having smooth sailing in the Bahamas, but right now I am at anchor
here in George Town, Exumas. You can Google the place and see what it is
like. In 2 weeks there will be a cruising regatta here that lasts for 13
days with lots of events -- boating, trivia, Texas Hold'm, Bocchi ball,
baseball, golf, etc. I am The Golf event chairman. We build a 9 hole
course on the beach and play the event before the Tide takes the course
away! It's lots of fun. I shall be back to Florida late April." Jerry
s/v BiBi (updated from 1/10)
08/09: Ned Berube sent in the photo of the newly dedicated
Carlisle Veterans' Honor Roll/Memorial. "This is a project I worked on
for over two years with the Carlisle Honor Roll committee to help
replace the old wooden bulletin board honor rolls that were fast
deteriorating. We had some 300 people attend the dedication."
9/14: Worked for DEC, CPQ, HP from
1978-2010. Currently retired/partially disabled but enjoying life with
my wonderful husband of 39 years.
2/13: Currently retired after 32 years
working for Digital, Compaq, and HP, and a long illness. Bob and I have
been married for 37 years, have two grown children, and are currently on
our way to Tucson, Arizona, where we will be until the middle of April.
We hope New England will have Spring by then. Despite my physical
limitations we are enjoying retirement immensely and are so busy we
wonder how we ever found the time to work!
3/21: In September of this year I will
celebrate 40 years of living in Georgia after moving from MA. In April I
will celebrate 8 years of retirement. Up until the COVID pandemic I
enjoyed lots of travel and activities in the 55+ condo complex where I
live about 45 miles outside of Atlanta.
3/18: Rick Brimer is celebrating his third year as
President of the Bull Creek
Foundation, after retiring from Dell as a Sales Manager. Rick left
Digital in 1995
after 13 years in Software Services, the last five as Manager of
Software Services in
10/14: My last
position with DEC was a product safety incident investigator working in
the EHS group at Powder Mill Rd Maynard. Was with DEC for 21 years. I
started as a Field Service Eng. at Parker St Maynard and then moved to
the Stow building when it opened in 1982. I am now working as a Product
Support Engineer for Philips Healthcare in Andover, MA. I’ve been with
them for 14 years.
6/17: Dr. Margaret Britt (Corporate
Finance Training and the F.D.P. Program; 20 years at DEC,
1974-1994) has retired from teaching in the Master's of Business
Administration Program at Mount Vernon Nazarene University in
Mount Vernon, Ohio. She is living in Lakeland, Florida where she
enjoys many activities and especially the warm weather.
2/15: Dr. Margaret Britt will be retiring from teaching in the
M.B.A. Program at Mount Vernon Nazarene University at the end of July,
2015. Margaret is looking forward to retirement in her residence in
Lakeland, Florida. Much of her college teaching focused on the excellent
business practices of Digital Equipment Corporation (1974-1994) where
she worked for twenty years before her tenure in higher education at
three different universities.
7/21: After a 47-year career with Digital,
Compaq, HP, and others, I retired last year. We moved to Texas in 1998
and enjoy the warmer weather (except the 95/95 days). My wife Kathy and
I are now in the process of building an organic farm in Navasota TX.
Brown, E. Lisa
1/13: Former Human Resources Manager at DEC.
Retired from HP as Director of HR for Global Services. Currently engaged
in volunteer work with Quest, local Food Bank and mentoring young
professional women with 3Plus International Women. Would love to hear
from those I worked with in the past at
2/16: Bob Brownson writes that he is very busily retired, but missing
the action. :)
3/12: After working for 57 years I have ceased the monthly commute
to Asia and have started doing some different activities around locally.
If there are any hikers out there you may be interested in my website,
www.wander-stock.com I craft
canes, walking and hiking sticks. I am also doing volunteer work as well
as enjoying travel that is not so geared to a business timetable.
6/11: With 33 years of successful
experience in technical and promotional communications, Ed Bruce is
looking for work as a writer or editor in eastern MA or southern NH
12/20: Thank you DEC Connection for keeping the remembrance of the good
Digital life going. What a ride!
1/11: From Michael Bujnowski: Don Goduti and I are
teaching a course about PCs to seniors in the Bow NH area.
5/17: I have relocated to Massachusetts.
Made it through the acquisition of DEC to Compaq, and Compaq to HP
before getting laid off. Back at HPE again for round 2!
2/22: We are sad to report Jack's passing on 20 January 2022.
See memorial page.
1/16: Jack Burness, now of Colorado Springs, sent photos of the
renovation of the Maynard Mill, which will morph over the coming year
into "Mill and Main."
demolition of a Mill building concept drawing of
"Mill & Main"
2/13: Jack writes from Colorado Springs:
For those that remember Moonlander on the GT40, it was created 40 years
ago, just about on February 1, 1973. With the “final” and much used
version being created on February 25, 1973.
But thanks to Rick Naro you can play it right now. On your iPad (sorry,
it doesn’t work on an iPhone). It is amazingly like the original.
Just download the app Moonlander Classic by Paradigm Systems from the
appstore. It’s free. And amidst the credits and FAQs there are
interesting tidbits of information, including the original source
1/11: I was the owner/founder of a DEC hardware/software OEM in
the late 70's and early 80's and a programmer of every DEC processor
(except the 3, which I did see once.) My current interest is to see if
there is some DEC aficionado or collector who can read/transcribe some
DECTapes for me.
3/17: I will be retiring this Friday, March
31st! It is bittersweet for me because I love my job and the
people that I work with... I have been with True North Hotel Group for
the past 12 years. It's been an amazing experience working for
Marriott and Hilton brand hotels. Looking forward to enjoying more
family time and this new adventure in my life...
3/20: Cathy Cambal-Hayward writes: I am now
a Real Estate Broker in the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire, with the
Masiello Group. firstname.lastname@example.org
2/13: I'm working for CGI Technology
Solutions which is a global firm of about 72,000 employees. I'm in the
Project Management Office out of their Andover Mass office supporting
two of US Business Units related to client engagements procedures,
reporting, and occasionally working on a client engagement.
2/10: Diane Carr retired from HP in
December 2006. Have enjoyed the last 3 years without concalls and
meetings. Have uploaded hundreds of old family photos, slides and
negatives and created DVD shows with music and captions to share with my
brother and sister. Expect to move to The Villages, Florida, within the
next year or two so; have also been busy re-painting the inside of the
house in Shrewsbury in anticipation of putting it on the market.
am still with HPE but will be moving to DXC effective April 3,
2017 as part of the ES spin & merge with CSC. Outside of work I
am enjoying Grandparenthood with our 3 grandchildren.
08/09: David Carthy, an Israeli member of
DECconnection, has his own consulting company. He wrote in suggesting we
check out this nice reminder of what we are and were on You Tube: DEC -
A Glimpse of the Future, 1994.
2/12: I'm a patent attorney at the Naval
Research Lab, working on software patents. Wouldn't be able to do this
job without my engineering experience at DEC. But more than that, DEC
taught me how the workplace should be, it was a paradigm shift kind of
place, the rest of the world will eventually catch up, I hope.
Chen, David H.
2/13: I am getting ready to
retire from the business that I helped start in internet advertising
analytics. Target date is June, then a trip to Africa and after that,
we'll see. email@example.com
4/19: New member Robert Chen at ASA
Computers wanted to recruit six VAX/Alpha OpenVMS technical people in
different parts of USA to be consultants to our company. We are an
authorized partner with Stromasys (Geneva) and are converting legacy
VAX/Alpha to x86/Windows platform.
12/09: Pauline Church has moved from CA to MA (Maynard area) and
is looking for a job in Purchasing. If you know of any openings please
let her know at
1/15: Art Clockedile, badge #40, sent in a photo of his 25th Digital
anniversary award, received in 1984.
Click here to see it on our online
8/15: Eagle-eyed Mary Cole forwarded a link to Steve Kallis'
Digital film Library on
www.archives.org. Along the Shorelines of the Skies is an industrial
film showing how a PDP-8 is used to calibrate instrumentation used in
space probes. Also a PDP-12 application tracking pulsars is featured.
The 50-year anniversary of photos from Mars and Mariner occurred in
2/15: Remember the famous story about Grace Hopper and the first
computer “bug”? Well, here’s Grace’s first actual, real bug. The year
was 1947 if you believe Wikipedia.
A bit of history floating around on the internet:
(Notice she was working on arctangents, sines, and cosines… wow, huh?)
10/14: Mary Cole wrote in with a
link to an essay by Isaac Asimov in Technology Review that brought
to mind her Digital days. - How do people get new ideas? She says: Well,
this is a great essay about DEC. It is exactly the wonderful atmosphere
we had for so long. And I’m sure it underlies the creativity of the
company. All those great consultants who lead group meetings helped
11/13: When I saw this I was reminded of all the long hours and many
weekends we all worked in the computer industry at the dawn of the era.
It brought back a lot of good memories. Hope it does the same for you!
2/13: Mary Cole sent video links to some old Digital humor...
also she found an old Digital Business Opportunities UNIX folder which
is pictured in our Promo Museum
2/10: I'm working on the business plan for a medical device
company doing surgical instrumentation and trying to help two different
groups of friends find ways to make their dreams come to fruition. One
needs financial backing and has a patented technology that can change
the face of wireless communications, stop the carnage from texting while
driving, and end all unauthorized use of cellphones within restricted
areas (see www.quietcell.com). The other effort involves helping a great
lady named Teresa Martin down on the Cape get a children's book
published. I see the potential as similar to Andre Norton's
award-winning works. It's good to have people and things to believe in
as well as challenges that keep the blood flowing. Best wishes to all.
11/22: I am now retired and living in a gated golf community in
I was regional sales manager for DEC's Far
East Region 1983-87 based in Hong Kong. Our management team leased a
45-foot Chinese junk as a personal investment and named it DECADENCE.
Hong Kong has many offshore islands with excellent beaches and great
seafood restaurants. We were growing revenues 30 to 40% a year and the
business pace was frenetic. Our management team and our families
enjoyed our nautical outings almost every weekend. By far the best
work environment ever and a memorable 4 years.
4/17: Retired in 2007 to spend time with my wife while she was
struggling with cancer. Have lived in the same house for 44 years. Busy
with changing it to accommodate a boomerang family, local volunteer
work, maintaining the gardens and chopping wood for the stove. Will be
fun to having 2 grandsons running around the house. Best, Jack
08/09: Jack Conaway, who worked at DEC in product line and
marketing groups from 1979 to 1993 (ESG, CAEM, CIM, Auto Industry)
completed 800 miles on the Appalachian Trail on May 28, 2009 from
Springer Mountain, Georgia to Bald Mountain, Virginia. He abandoned his
thru-hike of the AT after contracting giardia and losing 31 pounds.
Jack, who is retired had his 67th birthday on the trail in Georgia. He
is recovered now and looking forward to his next adventure.
5/13: New DECconnection member Chuck Conley writes: I joined DEC
in 1967 (Badge 3902); started out doing PDP-8 programming, worked in
Home Office SW Support, DECUS, and IS (now it would be called
Information Technology), mostly in OPVAX Order Processing and the NARS
(Accounts Receivable) system. Fully retired in 1997, I am enjoying
retirement with many interests and activities.
2/12: My retirement years have been spent traveling Florida, Georgia,
and Tennessee in our 36' Winnebago - Adventurer. We mostly stay at State
Parks and Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort. The Alaskan tour/cruise, last
year, was the best cruise we have ever taken. So, I guess we are always
looking for new adventures. If DEC Connection organizes a cruise I
would love to hear about it.
2/11: Giorgio Corsi
writes: "I am currently living in Vienna, Austria but commuting
regularly to France and Italy. I am enjoying my retired status and I
also do some consulting on HR issues with companies in Switzerland,
France and Italy. We plan to be back to our place in France by the end
of 2013 when my wife will also retire. Together with my wife we set up a
consulting boutique that we called GHRICO (Global HR International
Consulting). We mainly focus on personal coaching for senior executives
(via phone or internet), post merger/acquisition integration and issues
resolution, and company reorganization and restructuring.
1/10: I moved from Geneva to Vienna in March
last year, I continue with my Human Resources consulting activity.
12/20: Angela J. Cossette is a new DC
Connection member. Angela started work at Digital in 1963 and took
the SERP in 1992. Managed DECUS for several years and also worked
for Software Services and Field Service Administration. She also
developed the Gold Key Program for Distributors and Resellers.
6/11: In response to an internet story
concerning a recent Pentagon tradition of paying weekly homage to
injured veterans of war, Bill Costello makes the following suggestion:
One thing that I do, and many ex-DECcies could do, is to stop at a
funeral home to pay their respects to the fallen. I'll stop at any
veteran's funeral in my county from WW II to today's wars. The families
will appreciate it & it only takes a few minutes. Most newspaper
obituaries will identify the deceased as a veteran. MSgt Bill Costello,
PA ANG - 171st ARW/MSC
2/10: Bill Costello (PTO: '84 to '96) left I/T (IBM Co.) in '02
and have been working for a component of the USAF since. Bill is now
working as a contracting official for the PA Air National Guard (USAF)
and is also teaching college part-time. Last June Bill was one of our
featured speakers for our Member-Helping-Member Concalls in his area of
expertise, getting jobs with the federal government, and how to do
business with the federal government. Bill would also be happy to give
advice on getting college teaching positions - write to him at
05/09: Bill Costello, former
sales/marketing pro in I/T for 23 years (Moore, DEC, IBM, E&Y and an IBM
Partner) changed his career path in 2004 to work for the federal
government as a civilian contracting officer in the Pittsburgh PA area.
Bill was a featured speaker in our 2009 concall series for how to find
jobs in a challenging economy; his expertise is government employment
3/12: I left DEC in 1995 (just before my
group was sold to Oracle) to join Sybase. I am still at Sybase, which
was recently purchased by SAP.
11/22: Mary organized a reunion for
PTO (Pittsburgh) DECcies on October 1st. 71 co-workers and friends
attended and had a terrific time.
7/13: I am now working with a fantastic
small business out of VA in the Pittsburgh area supplying IT
infrastructure and contractors. This is a Service Disabled Veteran small
business and staffed by 86% veterans. Most of them with TS and SCI
clearances. This is almost as good as being back at DEC!!! Feel free to
give me a call if you have any interest or just questions.
571-441-0814. Mary also co-organized the Pittsburgh PA
Chapter for DEC Connection.
3/12: Mary Cozma says please contact
her for network products --in most cases I can get DEC alumni special
pricing. I am a Strategic Account Manager and focused on Business
Development. I can be reached at 724-873-6557 (office) or 412-656-9005
(cell). www.BlackBox.com for our
website. Check out the cold front datacenter cabinet door that saves
approx 50% of energy costs to cool the datacenter.
Linda is our Featured Entrepreneur.
2/13: I am
currently a Gluten-Food Allergy-Toxin Coach specializing in working with
clients nationwide who are struggling with food allergies/or toxins (in
the home related to allergies) that need information, education or
support through this difficult challenge in their lives. I work with
clients through an online, private website, by phone or face to face, if
local in Orange County, CA. I also am a Southern Cook and work with
clients who need help in shopping, cooking and eating delicious,
healthy, allergy-free dishes. Offer a VIP Day where I take you on a
grocery shopping tour, do kitchen setup, cupboard clearing, menu
planning and cooking classes in your home! My goal is to work with you
to face and embrace your food allergies so they don\'t control your
life. You control them through education and knowing what to do so you
can live your best life. To Your Health! Linda
11/20: Rob Dandrade writes: I have thoroughly enjoyed
retirement since 2012. My wife and I have been involved with our
children and grandchildren. I have been active in our community, church
and non-profit, Blackstone Heritage Corridor. I enjoy fresh-water
fishing, hiking and photography.
Darnton, Geoffrey (UK)
9/21: Have a great time at the Maynard dinner
and visit. I wish I could join in, but at the moment travel from the
UK is still too restricted, so I send my apologies I can't be with
you. On August 8, 2021, my companion book to the one below was
published: Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).
5/20: On the 8th August 2020 (the 75th
anniversary of the signing of the Nuremberg Charter) a substantially
updated version of one of my books 'Nuclear Weapons and
International Law' 3rd edition will be published.
3/13: Galen Davis .... formally known as DEC badge #307. Retired
1962-1992 from DEC while working in San Diego, then retired again from
Intel, 1993-2003. Volunteer activities in San Diego included SCORE
business counseling and museum docent on the carrier USS Midway.
Now living in Phoenix with wife Diana we recently celebrated our 50
wedding anniversary. Four adult children, eight grand children, one
great granddaughter. Retirement hobbies include golf, camping and nature
photography. Samples of my nature photography can be found on
In Arizona I've joined with other DEC Arizona alumni to hold semi-annual
lunches in Phoenix on the first Saturday in April and November. We find
50-75 alumni twice a year to network and share updates, etc. Our next
lunch is this April 6th. For details (or to get on our e-list for
Arizona alumni events) write me at:
Thanks to the "DECConnection" for excellent communications, with our DEC
family, and keeping the DEC network and spirit alive. Our company was
more than a job to many of us, it was an unforgettable and productive
Davis, Rene (Corinda)
2/13: I retired from Digital, where I worked
in the Market Data Center in Marlboro and Maynard for many years.
Now at age 89, I keep very busy with my African Violet Club, a Sewing/
Craft group that raises money to support our Senior Center. I also
volunteer for two months every year in two of Sudbury's kindergarten
classes and I believe this will be my 13th year! I keep in touch
with my four grandchildren and two great Grandchildren. This is my life
now since my hubby of 61 years passed away.
Sadly, Bill passed away on March 27, 2019.
2/13: William DeSimone writes: I am semi-retired
and work part time providing marketing services on a contractual basis.
8/15: I left DEC in 1986 after six years,
having worked at Parker Street in Maynard, MA in the Tax Department and
Educational Services. My family and I moved to San Diego, CA. In 1989, I
joined Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), then
headquartered in San Diego, as an Instructional Designer. After close to
14 years, I went to work for L-3 Communications for nine years. I was
active in the school systems and on the local community planning board.
I acquired an ABA-approved Paralegal certificate and have been serving
as an Ethics Commissioner on the San Diego Ethics Commission. I trained
to become a California-registered volunteer Medicare Counselor and now
volunteer at Elder Law & Advocacy as a Medicare Counselor for the Health
Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program (HICAP). I also volunteer as a
legal assistant for the Nursing Home Rights Enforcement Program.
Diaz, Tavo (Octavio)
3/21: We are saddened to report that Tavo
passed away on January 30, 2021, aged 72.
11/15: Tavo is organizing a Holidays SPS + Digital Services Alumni Reunion
folks - December 10, 2015 in Marlboro MA. See website home page
8/15: Started at Digital in early 1974 and
survived the Compaq and HP mergers until retired (non-voluntarily) in
2009. The years at Digital shaped my life with incredible positive
5/15: Tavo writes: I'm happily retired now,
enjoying time do work on house projects, play golf 2-3 times week and
having lunch with friends every other day. Waiting for the spouse to
also retire make our retirement plans come true.
4/13: What else can I say about my DEC life,
not only I have longtime best friends from DEC, but it was instrumental
on helping me solidifying my relationship with my now wife, a New
Yorker, 36 anniversary 3 weeks ago, who I met in Mexico City while she
was on vacation. While I was a world traveler before joining DEC,
internship in France in 73 for a year, joined DEC in 74, being in GIA
took me to so many places on the world and allowed me to meet people
that I’m still in contact with. It also made my kids world travelers.
Probably it helps that we go back to Mexico every year, but we also took
them to Japan and Hong Kong, and we traveled to Peru and Chile. We are
starting to have Internet video meetings with the old time GIA guys.
Ralph Dieter wrote in on Tue, 29 May 2012: I
note that today is the 20th anniversary of our SERP. I wonder how many
11/10: From Peter D'Olimpio, PMP: I am a current HP employee, and I
started with DEC in 1981. I saw something a year or 2 ago that I totally
forgot about until now. While on a project, I was able to get a tour of
what was left of the data center on Taylor Street in Littleton, MA (a
former DEC location). While touring the floor, I saw something that I
could not believe. I saw a small row of old DEC VAX machines still in
use! After the initial shock wore off, I took my phone and quickly
snapped the attached photo because I knew no one would believe me! The
data center is closed now, not sure what happened to the machine? So
here we have it, a DEC product that you just can’t kill!!!! Figured the
members would get a kick out of it.
10/15: Bill Drake has retired; before leaving
Digital, was a Senior Sales Exec in the Research Triangle Park NC
7/12: I worked at DEC from 1976 until 1994; and after taking a few
months off I started temporary work at Fidelity Investments. My
temporary position grew into a permanent position within a year at the
World Trade Center in Boston. My position there was as an Electronic
Publishing Specialist -- in 1997 I was promoted and moved to Merrimack,
NH as a Senior Electronic Publishing Specialist. At Fidelity, my
position included many things -- from typesetting, to graphic design,
etc., on Annual and Semiannual reports and prospectus' reports. I
interfaced each day with business partners who were legal specialists
and accounting managers, which was a great life experience that I
enjoyed very much. By spring of 2011, I decided to retire as my commute
of an hour to work and an hour home was taking a toll on me. My
retirement was in June of 2011.
1/11: Greetings to all my former DECcie friends. I am currently
working as a senior software engineer at AT&T in Tampa and recently
published my first novel (MindLink) under the pen name of Raymond E
Dyer. I would love to hear from any of my old friends at
3/21: DEC retiree Judy Durant is still a
Realtor in Bradenton Florida, finding snowbird and retirement homes in
the Sarasota-Bradenton area. She has 24 years of experience and all the
tools to find anything from entry level condos to houses. Check out
her website ([www.judydurant.com](http://www.judydurant.com)) to see the
area and what kinds of properties are there.
6/11: The Real Estate market has risen
from the ashes in Florida. I'm having my busiest year in a long time and
there are some great Real Estate values here now. Come on down! Peter
and I live just south of Tampa Bay (Bradenton/Sarasota area) - really a
beautiful spot on the west coast.
11/22: Pete Durant sent us a story of his
hiring: In 1967 I’d been managing a memory test group at Honeywell when
some DEC people I knew recommended I interview there. I set it up and
set off to the Mill at Maynard to interview. I had a nice, but short,
chat with the manager of the new PDP-11 development group, and then he
said, “They tell me you’re a good memory guy, so why don’t you spend
this time to pick out all the test equipment you will need for the work,
and when do you think you could start”? Does the style sound familiar?
Only at DEC! I spent 23 satisfying years there, until the special early
retirement program in 1999, which my wife and I both took after we both
worked the last 5 years in England."
2/13: I'm retired, playing golf, biking and
cooking for my wife Judy who is working 24/7 as a successful realtor
Florida is a great place to retire, and we love it here. We're near
Sarasota, the cultural capital of West Florida. Would like to be closer
to children (MA and CA) but...
Regards, Pete Durant firstname.lastname@example.org
3/21: Alan Earls, a contractor in the ASAP co-marketing program at
Marlboro in the 1990s has just co-authored (with Dr. Bob Krim at
Framingham State) a new book, Boston Made: From Revolution to
Robotics, Innovations that Changed the World. available online and
at local bookstores. The book covers 400 years of "innovation culture"
and includes the story of core memory, invented by Ken Olsen mentor, Jay
Forrester (also a DEC boardmember) in the early 1950s. Earls previously
wrote Digital Equipment Corporation and Route 128 and the
Birth of the Age of High Tech for Arcadia Publishing. More
information is available at www.BostonMadeBook.com.
2/11: Alan Earls
(email@example.com) writes that he
is taking his interest in tech history into a new part-time position as
Director of Development at the Charles River Museum of Industry in
Waltham, MA. [Ed. note: Alan published a definitive work about Digital
in 2004.] See Members in Print.
12/09: Alan Earls recently published
an article about DEC, mentioning Gordon Bell's and Harlan Anderson's new
4/11: Will Emerson, Sudbury MA: Currently self-employed as a
Multi-Disciplinary Habitational Technician (in other words - I'm taking
care of the house while my wife, Mary-Lee, continues with her highly
challenging position in the healthcare industry ). I am seeking to
return to the insurance industry as soon as possible. Also, we're
eagerly anticipating the Jimmy Buffett concert in June followed with a
week in Waldoboro Maine come July.
5/21: Marce continues maintaining the web
site www.nejazz.com. However, when Covid19 hit a year ago, all music
venues were forced to close. Musicians began streaming their music
on-line over the internet. Some of these have been added to our
calendars, while we look forward to the resumption of in-person, live
Marcelle Enright, 84, badge 128686: still alive and kicking. I have a
website (www.nejazz.com) that shows people where to find great LIVE Jazz
or Big Bands (Like our Compaq Big Band) in New England. But with this
nasty Covid-19 virus, all the musicians are out of work. It's
heartbreaking! I sincerely hope our lives get back to normal in the next
couple of months.
2/16: Marce Enright writes: 80 years old
last June, I still maintain the New England Traditional Jazz web site at
www.nejazz.com. Check it out! Happy Birthday, Marce!
3/12: Marce Enright, at 76 1/2, is
still encouraging people to get out and support Traditional/Dixieland
Jazz anywhere in their neighborhood, or the world! If you're visiting
New England, you'll find them on her calendar, updated daily, at
2/13: I am currently working at Oracle in
Burlington, MA as a SPARC server qualifications engineer.
7/17: New member
Cathy Faucher of Nashua
writes that she is interested in renting out her waterfront Cape house
in Falmouth. Available summer weeks are August 6 and 20 (Sunday to
Sunday) as well as Sep and Oct rentals. Contact:
11/20: Just joined DEC Connection.
Love that you're periodically reminding us of the best years of our
lives working for one of the best companies that ever existed. Later I
ran 4 companies with all the lessons I learned from DEC. Reading your
newsletters over the years it's clear many of us share the same feelings
about the amazing culture we all participated in. We all learned many of
the same important skills and attitudes.
9/17: Ray Ferrara writes that he is now
working on a technology that will make the semantic web a reality - one
where you can "google" one or terms and get back real data sets and not
just web pages that have one or more of the terms on them.
2/12: Does any one know where Ken
Gordon, the former head of DSTAR, is located? I have run across a new
type of database that is self-defining and want to discuss it with him.
2/13: I am still a massage
therapist (since ending my technical writing career in 2001). I also am
an artist and a quilter (and a grandmother). Some of my art is on my web
Fierro, Guillermo Barrera
1/14: Guillermo Barrera Fierro, Miami FL
writes: I like to stay active. After I sold my dot.com back in 2002 I
have been studying the market for new opportunities, and many have come
true. I am open to working with interested parties.
1/10: Retired from HP in 2002 after 22 years with Digital and Compaq
working in Real Estate Construction. Worked in Boston for Jacobs
Engineering until July 2008. Presently working 3 days a week at Shepherd
Engineering in Worcester. Registered Professional Engineer is 11 states
and presently a Board Member on the Massachusetts Board of Registration
of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.
4/13: Bruce has completed some
fascinating civic projects in recent years:
7/17: Regretfully, TechSandBox closed its
doors on 7/31/17 due to lack of funding. During our tenure we helped
over 50 start-ups in the MetroWest area.
1/16: Barbara Finer writes that
Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Polito visited TechSandBox, the
innovation hub in MetroWest during January. Among the luminaries
attending the proceedings was Rose Ann Giordano, former Digital VP,
Board of Advisors to TechSandBox, and DEC Connection member.
5/14: Barb is very proud to announce that
TechSandBox has been awarded a Mass Tech Collaborative Planning Grant.
Congratulations to Barb and the 60+ volunteers at TechSandBox!
10/13: Barb Finer is excited to announce
that Governor Deval Patrick attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the
new Hopkinton location of TechSandBox! on Tuesday, November 5, 2013.
103-105 South St. Hopkinton, MA. Info:
July 2013: Barb
is our Featured Entrepreneur.
2/13: I was a DEC employee in Large Systems
engineering (DEC-10/20). We’ve started a physical incubator/innovation
center in MetroWest (35 towns by definition) to support entrepreneurs in
science and tech startups who live and/or want to start here. We have
start some meetups to introduce ourselves, the concept and also get
volunteer committees going. Any entrepreneurs in the region and other
key stakeholders, please come to a meeting to check us out.
www.techsandbox.org is the main site and the Calendar has links to the
9/19: Dick Fletcher sent in a photo of a handsome print
of the Colorado Springs Facility which he received at his 1992
See photo here. firstname.lastname@example.org
3/16: We are sad to report that our member Rita Foley passed away
on March 30, 2016 at age 63 after a courageous battle with cancer.
3/11: Rita Foley, Brooklyn NY, wrote that she retired from being
President of a $1b global packaging business 5 years ago in order to
dedicate herself to giving back. Today she spends a third of her time on
non profit work (she is on the board of Pro Mujer International and The
Healthcare Chaplaincy). The second third is for serving on corporate
boards so she can provide donations to those non profit initiatives. She
also leads Crenshaw Associates board services practice. The last third
is for fun. Under the fun category, Rita loves to travel and she has
just co-authored a book Reboot Your Life. Energize Your Career & Life
by Taking a Break, available April 2011. Visit
workshops and more information. Congratulations, Rita! photo of book
See Members in Print.
3/21: After graduating from NH Technical Institute joined
Digital Equipment Corporation; worked in manufacturing, Corporate
Support and Western Region Support for 34 years – had a great time –
traveled the world and the country. Worked for TSA (Transportation
Security Administration) for eleven years as a lead officer at San Jose
International Airport – met lots of great people. Retired at 66. Life is
1/20: Moved to the Seattle area
in August 2019 to be near our son Keith and our two beautiful
granddaughters. Enjoying retirement, golfing, gardening and babysitting.
Still have very fond memories of my 30 years at DEC, Compaq and HP.
Taking the HP early retirement package in 2005 was the best decision I
ever made. Special thanks to the DEC Connection board volunteers for
keeping this site going.
9/11: I recently retired from my second career in Healthcare IT at
Sentara Healthcare in Norfolk, VA. Now enjoying golf and travel.
06/09: Linda Fraser has recently kicked off a business venture.
I am looking for an energetic person with sales background and
experience in Manufacturing and Wholesale Distribution who would like to
partner with me in growing this business. Contact her at 603-672-3400 or
3/17: I've been in Denver, CO for 20 years
after moving from the East Coast. Currently I am on the Board of the
Cherry Creek Chamber of Commerce and Director of Membership &
12/15: I worked in Sales for the DEC Financial
District in NYC. Now I live in Denver, CO. On the Board of the Cherry
Creek Chamber of Commerce and work there part time recruiting new
Chamber members & sponsors. Also on the Board of the Cherry Creek
11/20: Carole Frazier writes: I worked at
four Digital facilities AND LOVED EVERY ONE. People who worked at
Digital stayed until they had to leave because of age or illness. We all
loved Ken Olsen and Digital. I loved Digital and everything about it. My
boss was Renate Baptiste, an outstanding boss. Ken Olsen used to visit
each facility and talk to his employees in cafeterias, just to find out
how and what we all thought. There will never be a company/exec better
than Digital or Ken Olsen.
10/16: I started at DEC in the Mill for
Software Development Methods & Tools, moved to Spitbrook with Technical
Languages and worked on BLISS and VMS Debug. Later I joined Mid-Range
Systems doing Advanced Development on Parallel Architectures &
Algorithms. Then moved to Digital Semiconductor's Alpha Engineering
(Architecture, then Applications) in Hudson, Shrewsbury, and
Marlborough. I left in 2001, went back to grad school to get a degree in
Bioinformatics. Went on to develop software for genomic science at the
Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. I now teach Bioinformatics at
Harvard and consults independently. In my spare time, I am president of
the Greater Boston Chapter of the Association for Computer Machinery (GBC/ACM),
and occasionally produces events for the Cambridge Science Festival.
7/17: Tim Horgan wrote in with
some exciting news about another former DECcie: Happy to
report that former DECcie Cindy Friedman was sworn in as a
Mass. State Senator. She becomes the 13th woman currently
serving in the Massachusetts Senate, representing the 4th
Middlesex district that includes Arlington, Billerica,
Burlington, Woburn, and parts of Lexington. Cindy was an
Engineering manager while at Digital. Click for Boston Globe
story. Congratulations Cindy!
2/12: I am currently with Dell’s Nashua
Design Center (NDC) [formerly ZKO2] functioning as a Global Supplier
Quality Management Sr. Advisor A.K.A. Supplier Quality Engineer. Joined
what was the EqualLogic a start-up in the iSCSI storage array space in
2007 and was quickly acquired by Dell. Nice to see the rest rooms still
had the chalkboards in them. This year they may call me a Global
Operations Engineer, and responsibilities shifting accordingly.
Connections on LinkedIn and Facebook.
3/12: Clifford Fuller: Currently retired in
Milford. Working at DEC was MUCH better. A note to members: If you live
on or near Cape Cod, the Cape Cod Surftones have rehearsals each Monday
evening at 7:30 in the Unitarian Church on route 6A in Barnstable. They
love to have visitors and also are looking for new Chorus members.
Barbershop style singing. I live a little too far away to attend myself,
2/11: From Royce Fuller
"I have been retired for 7 years from Bank of America, which I joined
after Compaq selected me for outplacement. My wife and I own and manage
3 multi-family rental properties in Maynard and Acton as our "retirement
jobs" and I enjoy golf, skiing and travel for my recreation. I am
happily anticipating a grandson, due any day now, to join my 5 other
grandchildren." Updated from 1/10.
1/11: I am the CTO and VP of R&D at Analog Devices, Inc. I now
work on IC's that have an ASP of about $10 and have the performance and
capacity of some of the PDP 11/70's or VAX 11/780's that sold for $250K
or more back when I joined DEC in 1978.
1/21: Mary-Jo and I are doing fine
living in the Tampa, Florida area. We have been retired for 15
years and I love helping others in the community and church. We
still do boating in the Florida way, which is a smaller boat so we
can scoot around the area waters. We have two grandchildren who are
twins in the DC area. Life is GOOD!
2/13: I am retired and do some volunteering
for the local Church here in the Tampa area. I also help a few friends
with their boats and have make it a point to hit the gym every morning.
Of course I have the never ending honey-do list that I enjoy. Capt. Wayne Gaskill
3/17: I am now happily retired!
(DEC 1980-1992) – The company where I was serving as General Counsel was
acquired in December of 2012 and as a result, I am now in private legal
practice, working with high tech companies, particularly in the areas of
employment law, contracting, and privacy and data retention. After DEC,
I spent 16 years as an attorney and VP/Associate General Counsel at
Sybase, Inc. I can be reached at 978 228 9482.
4/13: My husband Bob and I have been wintering in Boqueron, Puerto Rico
for the last 8 years and love the warm temps and beach waters. We have
made many friends from all over, and I am on the Board of International
Friendship Club, a non-profit organization that raises money to support
women/children/animal shelters on the island. Back home in North
Waterboro, Maine, we live on Lake Arrowhead, and enjoy fishing, our 6
grandchildren who come from Maine, Virginia, and California, and work 2
days a week on the boat ramp monitoring for invasive milfoil. Bob serves
on the water committee and I help out with fundraising. We try to keep
active and love to travel. We are planning a European river cruise this
year for our 50th anniversary. Life is Goodemail@example.com
05/09: Linda Ginac is Founder and CEO of The Ginac
Group, a leading career development and education company headquartered
in Austin, Texas, and a trailblazing volunteer in many professional and
Linda was a speaker offering career advice to fellow DECcies in our
concall series "The Ultimate Job-Finding Concall" in May, 2009.
12/11: I am retired to the coast of Maine. I still do my boating,
completing a 2000 mile run from Ottawa Canada to Maine, via the Great
Lakes a few years ago. I'm also still into technology, active in
computer control of machinery.
8/10: Retirement just wasn't for me so I have a lovely part time
job working at Cavium Networks in Marlboro. I'm helping them with their
college program, which is perfect for me. I also have 3 grandkids who
some of my time. Just got back from London/Paris! Awesome.
Gleason, Kristy "Woobie"
7/17: Kristy "Woobie" Gleason of Nashua NH
writes that she is now working in Configuration Management at BAE
6/12: I am chairing our Ham Radio Club's 24 hour emergency exercise as
part of a national emergency drill June 23 and 24. We will be operating
4 radio stations on emergency power at the Concord Rod and Gun Club near
the Concord Rotary. We will set up in the morning, go on the air at 2PM,
operate until 2PM on Sunday the 24th and be on our way home by 4PM after
packing our gear and tearing down about one-dozen antennas!
2/12: Dee and I are spending the heart of the winter at our little condo
in Florida before returning to Stow to sing in the Sounds of Stow
Festival Chorus and Orchestra's winter concert on March 18. Thanks to
some of the technology we pioneered at DEC, I am able to keep up with my
BOD and technical consulting work while watching Manatees swim by.
Bob & Dee Glorioso, Riviera Beach, FL.
1/10: I am mostly retired but enjoy consulting for
entrepreneurs and sit on the Boards of Boston Green Goods that has
several e-tailing websites, including
Boston Logic that creates websites and does on-line marketing for the
Real Estate industry, and B'aires, a wholesale distributor of fashion
accessories from South America,
10/10: I have retired from high tech and have been focusing on
healing people rather than software. I'm a Reiki volunteer at Emerson
Hospital in Concord MA and Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor ME.
I've just completed a two-year program in Biodynamics Craniosacral
Therapy and am intending to grow a healing business.
2/10: I am an ex-DECcie from the UK. Currently I am working part
time for the UK Government in IT. At the same time I am studying for a
PhD at the University of London, looking at the downfall of DEC and the
potential that was there at the ed. I should finish my theses in about a
year from now.
2/13: I'm still at HP, working for the Global Financial Governance and
Compliance team. I continue to work at home (17 years now) and stay in
contact with colleagues via regularly scheduled training days,
functions, and f2f (face-to-face meetings). I've been offered early
retirement 3 times but continue working to keep all my animals (2 dogs,
1 cat, 1 horse) living in the manner to which they have become
accustomed! I feel extremely blessed and valued!
2/10: Martha Goodwine (formerly named Smithwood '78-'85, Phinney
'85-'04) writes that she is now a Senior Financial Analyst/Worldwide
Risk Compliance (Policy and Compliance) for Hewlett Packard. Martha has
put in 32 combined (Digital/Compaq/HP) years with the company, and is
now a telecommuter working from home in Hollis NH (her management based
on the west coast).
2/13: I recently joined Facebook after I
dropped my landlines and felt that I needed some channel to allow folks
to find me. I have been able to connect with former DEC colleagues
around the world by using Digital GIA search on Facebook and have found
many of our former GIA people in Australia, Japan and South America that
I have not connected with in 20 years. Fred Gould #115
12/11: The City of Greenville, SC has asked me to chair the host
committee of the 2012 Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (www.mcla.us)
championship tournament. We beat out San Diego and Denver to become the
host city for the event that will take place here on May 14th through
the 19th. The MCLA includes club lacrosse teams from 212 colleges and
universities from across the country. The Division I champion in 2011
was Brigham Young; they beat Arizona State in the final.
7/11: It's about ten years since my age dictated that retirement
is about the only job I was not overqualified (or in reality not too
old) to obtain. I have stayed pretty active as a high school lacrosse
referee and coach, but the past couple of months have offered me the
opportunity to use the skills and finesse I learned as a member of Deb
Nichols' Program Team for DECworld 1992. I was a leader of the
Greenville, SC team that got our city selected to host the 2012 and 2013
Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) national championship
tournament. Little Greenville was chosen over San Diego and Denver. The
MCLA is an organization of 200+ college club lacrosse teams, including
Boston College, UCLA, Michigan, Brigham Young, and many others.
am now co-chairman of the organizing committee that will prepare for and
execute the tournament ... the largest event of its type that Greenville
has ever hosted. Our job includes the overseeing of the renovation of
our stadium. You may have seen our ancient stadium; it was the one used
for George Clooney's movie Leatherheads.
Although I am not getting paid for my efforts, it is great to feel the
same enthusiasm for a task that I did when I was with Digital 18 years
Lou Greer, Digital 1980-1993.
1/10: Recently remarried (9/22/08),
Dee and I are living in retirement between our homes in Greenville, SC
and Natchez, MS. In February we're hoping to establish a small
DECconnection group in the SC Upstate. We would welcome a visit from any
DEC alumni. We have a Red Sox-affiliated baseball team that plays on a
field with the dimensions of Fenway ... including the Green Monster.
in November 2008 having worked there since 2000 after being laid off
from Digital in November 1992. Retired from corporate work force in 2009
turning 66. Now working with top financial coaches Orrin &
Laurie Woodward, Chris & Terri Brady, and Jerry & Polly Harteis helping
build communities of people to get out of debt, make more money, and pay
less tax through LIFE Leadership.
10/16: Photo at left of Bernie with Harry
Manuel and Nancy Kilty at the Oct. 2016 Mill Reunion. Bernie and Harry
were the winners of our "Lowest Badge Number" contest.
1/13: I drove by the old Digital
Parker Street facility (PK1, PK2 & PK3) today and was shocked to see two
of the buildings (PK1 & PK3) demolished!
The site is slated to be rebuilt as a shopping center. I took
these photos standing at the end of the pathway between the old DCU
building and what used to be PK3. It was the best of times!
On the left is a pile of PK3 rubble,
frozen pond near the center and PK2 off in the distance
1/21: Ron Ham writes: My two sons and a
grandson put together our Ham Ancestry thru 1800. This effort included
the four of us on a two week visit to Poland. It was great! We actually
knocked on the door of The old Ham Farm. (In fact, it is a tree farm and
saw mill that has been in continuous operation by a Ham (actually Cham)
since 1850. Really cool.
7/21: We are very sad to report that Karen passed away on June 4, 2021.
1/17: Karen Hamilton wrote in with a unique item of Digital memorabilia
- a RECIPE book! You’ll never guess what I just came across! _Look What
We’ve Cooked-Up! Digital’s Delectable Dishes_. Recipes submitted by the
employees of Digital Equipment of Canada Ltd (Kanata). Couldn’t find a
date on it, but it does have a recipe for Nanaimo Bars – one of the best
reasons to visit Canada! Yum!
Karen was kind
enough to give us all the recipe!
1/13: After a number of years of retirement I’m now working at the
Clinton Senior Center in the kitchen. We provide 5 nutritious meals a
week at a nominal fee.
1/10: Still living in Clinton; still working 3 days a week at
Massachusetts Youth Soccer Assoc as the CORI admin. A member of Eastern
Star in Maynard; of Clinton Fish & Game; and clerk this year of the
Clinton Historical Commission. Do the publicity for the Lancaster Garden
Club of which I'm a member. Cancer-free 5 years this past October. New
titanium hip set off the metal detectors to and from my recent
vacation-- a Caribbean cruise.
7/21: I am living in Ashland, MA and still working. I am currently at
Cisco Systems in corporate information security compliance as
Transformation Manager for x-org compliance initiatives. My daughter
Liana lives in Los Angeles and will be having her wedding in Mendon, MA
this autumn, rescheduled from 2020!
3/13: Diana is now a full-time LLD Program Teacher in Sudbury
School District. In addition she is a Realtor at ERAKey Framingham, MA,
and continues management consulting locally through her company
11/22: I joined DEC in 1980 as
Canadian MIS Operations Manager, in 1982 moved to SWS Manager of the
Canadian Customer Support Centre. When Canadian HQ moved from Kanata to
Toronto built and managed the Application Centre for Technology. Moved
to Marketing as Canadian Small System Market Manager then Client Server
and Strategic Technology Marketing Mgr. Eventually moved to the PCBU,
ran the Canadian NT Wizards program. When Compaq acquired became
Commercial PC Group Manager then Storage Product Manager. Great times
all! Still have lunch every other Friday with other ex-DECies, still
going strong for 25+ years!
4/17: Dick Helliwell writes that he
has moved to Carson City, NV, not far from his previous home in Dayton,
NV since 2015, and is still working remotely for DataDirect Networks,
2/13: Dick Helliwell is a firmware
architect at DataDirect Networks Inc. He develops firmware for
high-end storage controllers.
9/12: Dick Helliwell has been working
as a Firmware Architect at DataDirect Networks, Inc. in Colorado Springs
since his retirement from HP in 2007.
2/13: I do like to take part in your get-togethers
and enjoy hearing where others are and what they are doing. I am
retired and will move to Vermont sometime this year. I spend my time
doing volunteer work with the Harvard Council on Aging and The Harvard
Womens club. Enjoy oil painting on wood and canvas . Also have a small
business of framing with a product of a wedding invitation and mirror.
Thanks for your updates.
10/15: I'm offering consulting with firms
who need help with their trade show programs. I offer strategic planning
and logistics management and will be accepting new clients starting
December 2015. I can be reached at 603-654-2130 and via email at
6/13: I'm Gail (Georges Smith)
Hernandez, and although I'm currently a corporate trade show manager,
I'm looking for contract trade show consulting projects starting July 2,
2013. I also sell Premier Designs High Fashion jewelry for fun and
Since 1994, I've been offering my trade show marketing skills to large
and small businesses as The Trade Show Maven. In addition to strategic
planning I offer booth staff training and logistics assistance. As a
Diamond-Level CTSM professional (Certified Trade Show Marketer), I
advise other trade show and event professionals with their certification
and also am a career advocate for anyone seeking employment (that means
I try to give good advice!) I welcome the opportunity to talk with
anyone interested in improving their trade show or event program.
2/13: Sally is our Featured
Entrepreneur, has built a successful real estate career, and has
moved to Naples FL, where she has started a DEC Connection chapter.
Contact her at
4/10: After leaving DEC/CPQ in 2000 I have worked as Sales VP for
Ernst & Young Technologies, Park City Solutions and Atlanticon focusing
on Healthcare Tech and Consulting Solutions covering most states. I am
currently seeking my next career opportunity and would like to reach out
to former DECee's to network! I continue to reside in the Ft. Lauderdale
area for 30 yrs now and love it!
8/12: Hello, it's been a long time ago when we were in contact. A
lot has happened in the meantime and a new project with more than 2
years of development is completed. The DEC RL01/RL02 disk simulator is
and running. More details, including a video can be obtained from my
The idea behind my project is as follows: General, a Hardware has a life
cycle but the Software never can die.
When the children of our children are grown, they have the opportunity
to remind themselves of the DEC software and they can also run too real.
I was just the beginning and maybe find someone to enhance and develop
the project. A sponsor would be a great help. Finally, it is a question
of money and time. Anyway, have fun with my video, It is a beautiful
reminder of the DEC time. Best regards from Munich/Germany.
2/10: Reinhard Heuberger in Germany has posted a note looking for
RL02 disk drive design information - please reply if you can help him
with his vintage DEC PDP-11 Computer hobby.
01/09: Reinhard, our new member, is a guy with the fastest PDP-11s in
7/20: Jim Higgins, MA writes: As time goes
on I understand more and more the hurt experienced in the collapse of
DIGITAL and the unceremonious ousting so many thousands of us
experienced. For so many years both DEC and IBM were touted in the
literature as “employee-centric” and seemingly safe from massive
layoffs. I communicated with a former IBM professional , who said she
and her department's laid-off colleagues were deemed “surplus”. Despite
the negative concluding experience at DEC, I cherish the memories of
years of collaborative efforts with my colleagues. It was, in many ways,
magical. Thanks to the DEC Connection for helping to keep the memories
5/16: Jim Higgins and his wife moved to the
Cape last year and they are very busy with various retirement
activities. He reminisces: My years at Digital were some of the best
years of my career. I keep in touch with about 30 former colleagues in
the U.S., U.K., Switzerland and Australia. I value those friendships
greatly I appreciate the opportunity to keep up on general news via DEC
CONNECTION. We all shared a truly unique environment at a special place.
It's difficult to explain the unicity to others, and it probably will
never be recreated.
2/13: Jim Higgins is retired in Harvard with
his wife, Nadya. He is involved in volunteer activities as well as an
occasional marketing consulting engagement.
2/13: I continue to work with Intermap
Technologies (www.Intermap.com) in their Denver, Colorado based
Corporate Headquarters office as the Director of Human Resources. Our
company uses location based information to create unique market point
solutions that help enterprises and government agencies solve their
location based information challenges.
2/11: From Greg Hoffman
was a member of the HR group in DEC Colorado Springs Operation from 1987
to 1993, joining Quantum Corp. in 1993 when they purchased the major
portion of the disk drive business from us. I am now working with a
small high technology Geospatial company in Englewood CO as their HR
leader. The DEC network continues to amaze me... I wonder if Ken ever
really understood the magnitude of what was created here!
1/10: Appreciate the work that you guys are doing to keep the DEC
connection alive and well. I'm currently working with a high tech
mapping company headquartered in Denver, CO as the lead HR guy. Having
fun and looking forward to a successful 2010.
Currently living in Westford with my wife Nina who has been working 12
yrs at DCU. I am Community Services Director at New Horizons Senior
Retirement Community in Marlboro. Enjoy tennis and hiking in my spare
1/12: After many years in hi-tech, even
after working for DEC, I made a career change into consultative selling.
I recently began a sales position with a payroll solutions company
called Symphony. I am thoroughly enjoying working for a small company
whose culture mirrors my values. Glad to be part of the Digital family
again through DEC Connection.
10/10: I was WFR'd from HP in April 2010, but I'm grateful to have
made it for 36 years (starting with DEC in 74) without a layoff, so I've
been enjoying the Summer while I look forward to my Phase II career
opportunities and challenges.
Roland Hughes has recently released an EPUB version of "The Minimum You
Need to Know to Be an OpenVMS Application Developer" which is available
on both Sony and Barnes & Nobel Web sites. He is releasing two Qt
focused titles in EPUB format during Q1 2012 "The Minimum You Need to
Know About Qt and Databases" along with "The Minimum You Need to Know
About Mono and Qt". He is also a technology blogger for Motley Fool so
if you have OpenVMS news which can be directly tied to a stock symbol
please pass it along. "Selected" blog posts are syndicated throughout
"the Foolish Family" of sites so if you want to see OpenVMS mentioned
far and wide again, pass along the info and visit the site to see how
many times OpenVMS has been mentioned already.
9/21: Ray was our featured speaker at the DEC Connection's Maynard
150th Birthday celebration dinner on Sept. 19. Hear his remarks
about what Corporate Security really did (keep secrets) on our
this link. (34 min).
continues here (23 min.)
8/15: Ray is
involved with: Board Director: Eid Passport/SureID with former Homeland
Security Director Tom Ridge; General Ed Eberhart (former Chief of Staff
US Air Force; Admiral Tom Collins (former Commandant Coast Guard); Buddy
Beck; Bill Newton; Ernie Allen (former CEO Missing & Exploited
2/13: Ray, who
managed Security at Digital, is leading an exciting after-Digital life
with international travel consulting to the government and industry on
security issues and serving on several corporate boards: EID Passport
with Homeland Secretary Tom Ridge; SecurTest; iSekurity; EmX/Blackwood
Systems; U.S. Secretary of State's Overseas Security Advisory Council;
State Department's Accountability Review Board. Ray is the
co-founder and a former president of the American Society of
International Security (ASIS-Int'l) and is president of the
International Security Management Association (ISMA). Ray
maintains his home in Sudbury MA, but has lived in Naples FL (paradise)
for the last ten years
7/12: Ray Humphrey sent in a wonderful Digital
story about how we got picture badges.
and others, on our website here.
6/13: Prior to leaving Digital in 1987 I took painting lessons as a
diversion from my high stress marketing job. Within a year of leaving I
was teaching classes and had opened my own studio. What started as a
hobby has turned into an extremely satisfying business venture teaching
others how to paint and writing books and articles on painting for the
web and for local and overseas publications. I also teach at a number of
local art galleries and travel to teach at conventions, conferences and
at chapter meetings of the Society of Decorative Painters. Go to my
http://www.thecreativetouch.com for more information on current
activities or email me at
6/22: We are greatly saddened to report that Barrie passed away
unexpectedly this month. He will be missed at all our events.
Hunter sent some nostalgia: I spent nearly all of 1968 and 69 in the
same room with the PDP6 referenced here (click
for link) - seems like (and I guess it was) a lifetime ago. To think
this beast (the PDP-6) took up an entire room and had less memory and
less bandwidth than the iPad I'm typing this on.
Barrie volunteered to serve on the Board of DEC Connection. Thanks
Read about his background here.
3/21: Ray Iannuzzelli started with DEC in Module Manufacturing in Salem,
NH. During his 18 years with DEC, Compaq, and HP, Ray worked in
Manufacturing & Design Engineering developing methods to design-in
reliability before products reach Manufacturing. Today, Ray lives in
Pennsylvania (near Philadelphia) enjoys attending school at the
University of Delaware for 55+ adults, singing (now virtually), and the
never-ending effort of staying healthy.
06/09: I wanted to share some very positive news that had its
origin at the Digital 50th Reunion a few years ago. My wife and I went
to the reunion with a friend and his wife who also had been employed at
DEC. As a mechanical engineer with a long interest in solar energy, I
was very interested in one of the companies displaying their products,
Nanoptics, whose solar H2 generator peaked my attention. After talking
with the owner about mechanical issues his equipment might experience
and exchanging business cards I soon forgot about Nanoptics until almost
a year later when I received an email requesting a quotation for some
mechanical analysis services. I replied with a quotation, got the work,
and started my consulting company, RJ Iannuzzelli LLC. Now, a year after
starting that work and my company I am still going with two current
clients, both startups. So thanks to The DEC Connection for the obscure
and circuitous start of my consulting company.
1/21: This isn't really a newsbyte but I wanted you to
know that I just bought a couple of t shirts from DECswag. One says
"Digital - you had to be there" and the other has a picture of the Mill
Clock and says "Not your run of the Mill Company." They both have the
correct blue "digital" logo. They look great. Can't wait to wear them
around downtown Maynard! DECswag.com
I am fine, and relaxing, my movement
9/21: If you can, please support my JDRF bike ride on
9-25-21 – details at
I will be riding from my home in Maynard to Acton, Westford, Carlisle,
Bedford, and via the Minuteman Bikeway to Cambridge and Belmont, and
coming back the same way and going through Concord, Acton, Boxboro, and
Stow to end up back in Maynard - 75 miles. Great cause – my daughter
Katie was diagnosed with T1 Diabetes at age 14; she’s now a first-year
law student at Northeastern (where she got her undergrad degree in
journalism), and this is my 5th ride in 6 years in her
honor. And if there’s a way to share with DECconnection members, all
1/20: Stephen Jablonsky sent us a
photo of his impressive DEC mug collection, which you can admire
here in our Promo Museum.
3/16: I started working for DEC in 1972 in the Mill (5-B and 5-5), moved
to Marlboro(MR01) then to PK1, MK0 and LTN. In Littleton I worked for
three companies (DEC, COMPAQ and HP) but had the same office. I retired
in 2005 and am now enjoying my retirement and feeling fine. Prior to
joining DEC I worked at BBN (6 years) on the PDP-1, PDP 7/8 and
PDP-10(KA10/KI10) as a computer operator manager.
3/12: I am still very active as a
SCORE counselor for small business. My wife, Betty, and I will be
celebrating our 60th wedding anniversary this August. We are about to
leave for two months in Arizona.
Johnson (formerly Lee), Taryn
5/13: At Digital for 24 years, 1975 -1999. Worked
in Maynard, PK3, PK1 & PK2, Bedford (customer training on Cosby Dr and
Hudson (Semiconductor HL03-until it became Intel) I left DEC in Dec.
1999. Since then, I worked at GTE-Networking which eventually became
Genuity, as a realtor in MA, and today am working at Genzyme in
Framingham, MA. in the Metrology Dept. I am hoping to make the BBQ in
June to meet and re-connecting with former DEC employees.
11/18: After 43 straight years working in the high-tech industry, I
finally decided to retire! I worked at DEC/CPQ/HP from 1975-2003, then
worked at a startup, Gartner, and my last 11 years at CA Technologies.
So far I have been busy on my town’s (Wilton, NH) Economic Development
committee, I sing with several choral groups, and I try to exercise
daily – I have lived with MS for 26 years, so I try to do as much as I
can. I’ve also been doing some writing, and thought all ex-DECies would
be interested in the article I wrote on Grace Hopper’s long association
with DEC and my experiences working with her when she was my customer in
Washington, D.C. Here’s a link:
11/12: I write a bi-weekly blog for CA Technologies, and
this week’s post has a remembrance of Ken Olsen and Digital, which was
sparked by my watching the recent DVD. Thought you and our readers would
enjoy seeing it. Here is the link:
http://bit.ly/P4tRFz Jackie Kahle (DEC/CPQ/HP 1975-2003)
10/11: Jackie Kahle writes: Having spent 28 years at
Digital/Compaq/HP (1975-2003) and after stints at a startup, ATG and
Gartner, I am now a VP of Marketing at CA Technologies. Every single one
of my jobs has been gotten through my network of DEC contacts! I’m
still living in NH with actor-husband Michael Dell’Orto, daughter Sarah
is in arts management in New York. I’m also the Vice-Chair of the NH
State Council on the Arts. Happy to reconnect with more ex-Decies out
9/19: Steve Kallis Jr., who managed our video library,
has the following request: In 1975, at the movie theater in Maynard,
Digital had a "premiere" of the movie, Three Days of The Condor,
starring a PDP-8/e system, Robert Redford, and Faye Dunaway. The event
was quite fun, and was written up for On Line. Is there any way
that I could get a copy or scan of that writeup? firstname.lastname@example.org
06/09: Geri Kearns, former LACR Property and Real Estate Manager, is now
selling residential real estate in Palm Beach County. She can be reached
Floridian Estate Realty, Boca Raton, FL 33432, 561-212-8760.
11/09: I worked for Digital for 25
yrs, then Compaq, then HP and then retired in June 2002. At this time I
started my own Handyman business. I spend my days driving around Sudbury
MA fixing people's houses and having a great time.
Kelley, James E. (Jim)
9/19: TSFO’d in
October, 2002. After a year off, returned via two contracting
assignments until Fall, 2008, at which point I retired. We moved
from Hollis, NH to Dover, NH in 2006. Dover is considered part
of Seacoast NH and a great location for us. Our five
grandchildren are a joy, we’ve managed some interesting travel (China,
Tibet, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Spain/Camino de Santiago, and
Russia, Italy, Austria, and Switzerland), participate in
local activities, and spend time in Maine.
Never meet anyone here on the Seacoast who even knows what a
Digital Equipment Corporation is (or was)!
603.343.4088 (h) 603.465.7237 (c)
Kennedy, Mary Ellen
2/13: I'm currently a doing network support
at a former DEC facility. In my free time, I'm working with a group
planning to bring fiber to the home to 40+ towns in western
3/12: I'm currently working as a
network technician in Hudson, MA at the old DEC HLO building.
Nancy Kilty serves as President of The DEC Connection. After
retiring from Digital/Compaq with over 25 years in sales and marketing
management and business development, she completed Northeastern
University’s CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Certification Program and
became a financial advisor with SII Investments, Inc., and now Legacy
Nancy Kilty, CFP®
Legacy Financial Advisors, Inc., 1700 West Park Drive Suite 250,
Westborough, MA 01581
Home Office: 617-924-0264
11/18: Peter retired the Digital Alumni
year. Keeping website on for a few more.
1/16: The newsletter The Digital
Alumni is in its 23rd year and I enjoy keeping the worldwide DEC
community connected. I congratulate the DEC Connection for keeping the
DEC community connected as well!
3/12: In 2002 I bought a huge old
Grain Mill building in the sleepy little town of Greenville, New
Hampshire, ten minutes from the Massachusetts border, and opened
Antiques And Collectibles Mall of New England. We buy, sell and consign
items from coins and jewelry to antique furniture and books, glass and
pottery, military, hunting and fishing, tools, ephemera and more. For
hours, directions & more go to
2/10: I am retired, since I accepted the retirement package from Digital
in 1992. I am doing some volunteer work in our church. I am still
somewhat active in the Hungarian Society of Massachusetts. Currently I
have started to organize monthly get-togethers for those Boston area
American Hungarians who, like myself, escaped from Hungary after the
1956 revolution. I am starting to write our family history.
7/18: Bill Kuch writes: After 30 years, with 20 of that
living overseas, I was separated from DEC in Singapore in 1998. From
then, until 2001 I held several positions with different multinational
companies and ultimately repatriated to the US. Upon return I
semi-retired and worked at a couple of low stress jobs to keep occupied.
In 2014 I ran successfully for a seat in the NH House of Representatives
for the Towns of Bow and Dunbarton. I am presently in my second term.
Bill Kuch, DEC badge 5400,
9/19: At DEC, over the 25+ year period, I had the great
good fortune to work in several organizations, beginning in 1974 for
Bill Segal in a group that was responsible for marketing media -- paper
tape, floppy discs, etc. -- to OEMs and college stores; ME/QC manager in
Lou Gaviglia's Salem Systems Manufacturing; for Peter Mercury in the
Software Products Group; Gary Eichorn's General Systems Business. I left
DEC (the first time) to go work for a dot-com started by other DECCies
that went, after a couple of years, dot-bust. I came back to DEC to work
for Rose Ann Giordano in the e-Commerce business. I left DEC/Compaq in
1998 and went to work for Dorothy Terrell, another DEC alum, at NMS
Communications, a telecom equipment provider. I retired from full-time
(paid) work in 2008, moved full-time to our house on Cape Cod. Here, I
became heavily involved with a wonderful non-profit, WE CAN (Women's
Empowerment through Cape Area Networking, www.wecancenter.org). I
eventually joined the board and finished a 2 year term as president at
the end of 2018. Truly, I owe so much to DEC: I got to see the world,
literally; learned so much -- about tech, marketing, and life; and
supported myself and my son well. email@example.com
2/13: I LOVE retirement.....or,
perhaps I should say semi-retirement. I do work two part-time jobs that
add up to 15-20 hours/week - mostly because I enjoy keeping my brain
active and my computer skills current.
I so appreciate those of you who volunteer to keep decconnection going -
it's nice to stay in touch with the DEC family!
10/12: My connection with DEC started
in1958-1960; as electrical design engineer, I along with a mechanical
engineer (Ken Fitzgerald) invented and built the first hard disk drive
in Maynard. The HDD was identified as DF32, and that started DEC into
the manufactured disk business. I was co-author with a few patents and
later was a VP of DISC sponsored by Dr. Wang (Wang Labs) then Inventor &
holder of 1st patent for fluid bearing disk spindle – Application No.
US1970000049069. This CXO property was built to manufacture disk drives
after I had left DEC to start DISC (Digital Information Storage
Corporation) and now I am still working as a contractor for Hewlett
Packard completing failure analysis of disk drives in the CX03 building
in Colorado Springs.
Stephen has sent in some photographs of the
Colorado Springs facilities (CX01 and CX02) that were recently
dismantled by HP, and souvenir bricks might still be available - contact
Rob Stubblefield for info at
See Stephen's photos on the CXO page.
8/14: Arthur Lampert wrote in to share the
neat memorabilia at this link. I worked in
Israel, which was based in Herzliya, north of Tel Aviv, until it moved
to Ra’anana, just to the east of Herzliya. I began in June 1988 and
stayed through the transition to Compaq and then HP, where I still work.
My jobs have changed, of course.
5/21: Barbara Langdon was elected as a North
Port City Commissioner for the City of North Port, Florida, where she
and her husband "retired." Congrats, Barbara! Barbara worked in
Marketing Communications at Digital in the mid-1980s to early 1990s.
1/21: I joined DEC in July 1971 as a Tech on
the PDP 8 test line. From there, I installed Typesetter interfaces on
many major newspapers across the US, and occasionally had to modify the
interface on site for functional issues. Lastly, I became Support
Manager for the PDP 8/11 line, managing a group in Merrimack, Clonmel
Ireland, and in England. I also took the SERP in 1992. After DEC, I
worked for startups including Maxtor (Colorado), Adaptec and Aristo’s
Logic (California) and Retired and live in Yucaipa Ca. We have 3
children and 4 grandkids, and they are our 2nd life.
9/21: Sue Lawrence-Longo’s confession: I once tried to remove Ken Olsen
from the Hudson semiconductor facility. Yup, not my proudest moment. But
in my defense, he didn’t look like a corporate executive, and I had
never seen him in person.
So here’s what happened.
3/20: I worked at various DEC facilities
including Tewskbury, Littleton MA, Acton, Andover and Maynard from 1986
to 1995. After taking early retirement from IBM in February of 2019 I
have been active in the addiction recovery field. My wife Vivian and I
founded Safe Harbor Recovery Center in Portsmouth NH and I now manage a
NH statewide grant that helps individuals and families dealing with
opioid addiction re-enter the workforce. I am also a NH certified peer
recovery coach. I now live in a small farmhouse overlooking a pond in
Hampton Falls NH with my wife and yellow lab Layla. Our son Joey and
daughter Selena have graduated from college and we are enjoying the
empty nest. I truly miss my days at and friends at Digital. These were
the most rewarding years of my professional career.
2/16: Carole and Ed Lengyel continue to
enjoy golf and boating on Lake Keowee in the mountains of upper South
Carolina. For now we are healthy and are getting caught up on our travel
plans in both the US and overseas with cruises. Stop by!
2/13: Ed and Carole Lengyel are enjoying
lake living in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in northwest
South Carolina. We have welcomed the arrival of our third grand child
(and first granddaughter) just last year, and try to get to see them
6/11: Our new Featured Entrepreneur is Maureen Letendre. Maureen is
certified for several types of professional and personal coaching (all
geared to helping her clients achieve excellence and personal
satisfaction in their lives) and is a senior-level human resources
consultant. Click here to read more about her
business and talents.
Levick, Lois (at left, below)
1/17: Lois Levick writes: Just
returned from a catamaran trip in Guadeloupe! It was a wonderful
adventure. Even saw a pod of around twenty dolphins who had great fun
playing around our boat.
3/12: Run a satellite office in Framingham for SOAR 55 to place
retired and unemployed folks 55 and over in not-for-profit volunteer
Note: unfortunately SOAR55 disbanded in 2016.
8/11: Lois Levick, Framingham MA, wants to let people know about a
wonderful volunteer opportunity she enjoys - they are looking for
additional volunteers: Make a Difference in the Life of a Child
this fall: Help an at-risk elementary school child improve their reading
or math skills to succeed in school. Utilize your life experience to
inspire children, help students gain confidence and competence and help
support their future success as students by helping them master critical
skills and abilities. No teaching experience necessary. Meet with
student (s) twice a week for an hour during or after school for a school
year long commitment. Training and support provided. Contact Lois Levick,
Volunteer Coordinator at 508-532-5570, ext. 4353 or at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit us on
the web at
4/11: Lois wrote in Feb. to tell us of her UMass alumni trip to New
Orleans to help Katrina victims. The trip was fulfilling and all this
time later the needs are still great. Link to their blog:
2/11: Lois Levick
(email@example.com) writes that she is headed to New Orleans
along with other UMass alumni for a Home Building Community Service Trip
to help Katrina victims. The team will be there for one week to help
people in need of assistance.
3/16: I am the Technology Coordinator
for the [Pilgrim Area Educational Collaborative](http://www.pilgrimac.org)
in Pembroke, MA. I also do bookkeeping work for [Brookwood Community
Farm in Milton/Canton MA](
http://www.brookwoodcommunityfarm.org ). Other than that, you can
find me riding my bicycle (4,000+ miles last year) and playing with my
08/09: John Lindgren has started a new career in Non-Profit
Fundraising. He is now the Director of Development for Rape Crisis
Services of Greater Lowell.
Loether, John B.
John taken at DECconnection get-together following 2006 Tribute to
Ken Olsen at Gordon College
We are greatly saddened to report that John passed away on August 22,
2014. See Memorials page for obituary and
memorial donation information.
02/12: We are very sad to report that John Loether,
Digital sales trainer extraordinaire, is gravely ill at a nursing home
in Worcester. His family invites letters and cards from old friends and
co-workers, which he will probably not be able to acknowledge, but would
9/22: Frank Lombardi writes that he is still working, now as an IT
project manager at Ferrotec in Bedford NH.
1/15: Frank Lombardi writes that he is still working at PC Connection in
Sadly, Bill Long passed away in
January 2022. See memorial page.
5/19: I was with Digital fairly
early, badge 659, from 1963 to 1987. For the most part, it
was a wonderful ride. I began as a computer engineer, who
didn't know a lot about computers, and managed to work my
way through a series of promotions, as did many others who
took advantage of the opportunities Digital offered during
those years. I joined the somewhat long list of VPs eleven
years after hiring on. I expect some members will remember
me and my wife Bettlou, although probably not from the
picture that I am attaching. The intervening years have
been mostly kind to us, but they add up. It's a neat thing
that you folks do in keeping some nice memories alive.
2/12: Retired from my own Consulting Business and continue as Lexington
High School Track & Field Coach.
Preparing for my 10th year riding for the Pan Mass Challenge (PMC) while
enjoying time with family and travel.
9/10: From Ed LoTurco, Lexington MA: I am presently semi-retired.
Still doing part time consultant work under my company name EDM
Consulting. I have also recently retired after 25 years as a Lexington
High School Asst Football Coach, but continue as the Boys and Girls
Field Coach for the Lexington High School Track & Field Teams. Enjoy
riding my bike and each year ride in the Pan Mass Challenge Charity
3/11: From Ian Loughlin, UK: Currently running a portfolio of
Internet Marketing and Information Publishing ventures including
Membership Sites. Providing training and consultancy to enable people to
succeed in the field of Internet Marketing and to establish their own
home-based business. firstname.lastname@example.org
09/09: Cecily MacArthur generously led
us in a "Member Helping Member" concall called “How to Stay
Positive in Challenging Times”. Cecily MacArthur is a Life Coach,
a transition specialist, and understands powerful ways to manage the
changes in your life from a positive perspective.
11/11: I joined Digital in 1969 at the
Mill, worked in Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, Stow, Princeton, and parts of
Europe. I came to Houston with Compaq from Singapore in 2000. I retired
in 2003 after doing a bit of the prelim merger work with HP. My wife and
I split our time with about 7-8 months in Texas and 3-4 months at Lake
Patricia Macksey, Ardmore PA: After leaving DEC, I started For Pets
Sake, LLC an In-Home-Pet Sitting Service in the Ardmore, PA. Currently
have 8 employees and thoroughly enjoy being with people's pets every
6/13: I retired in July of 2010 after
more than 41 years with DEC, Compaq/ HP. My last position was VP
Enterprise Development for L&D. Since retiring my wife Lynn and I have
moved to Punta Gorda, FL. We had our second grandchild a couple weeks
ago, and like many of you miss being close to family, but don't miss the
cold weather and snow! I have been doing some consulting on how to
establish a Workforce Planning Capability and Process for your company.
Our main goal today is to enjoy life and remain healthy.
5/11: Paul Malatesta writes that
he is looking for a part-time job (about 20-25 hours per week). I live
in Arlington and am willing to travel up to 20 miles away. Any contacts
with the DEC Connection circle for possible part time leads for office
work-customer service-public relations-etc. are appreciated! Email Paul:
2/13: Worked in the Alpha Development
Team at Hudson Mass Digital Semiconductor Facility, prior to Compaq
purchasing Digital. I went through the entire phase from Digital to
Compaq, onto HP and was as a team 'sold' and transferred back to Intel,
which was forced to purchase the Hudson facility prior to Compaq,
purchasing Digital back in 1998. HP had a design center in Colorado and
wanted to di-vast the team and the team was transferred back to the
Hudson facility during a 2 year period under the direction of Intel.
After ~5 years of working for Intel, I retired after finishing a total
of 40.5 years of service. I have been retired since January 2008, and
enjoying being retired and spending more time with my hobbies and my
2/13: Since leaving Digital I have been a Tournament Director for
the American Contract Bridge Association (card game), which I now do
full-time. Think DEC Connection is great and, as I am moving from
outside Hartford CT to Lynnfield MA, I hope to be closer to be able to
attend some functions.
11/12: Art in Giving is sponsoring a special exhibit the week of
January 28, 2013 at the Massachusetts State House featuring a selection
of works from Art in Giving artists.
11/11: Our member, Eliane Markoff will receive a community award on
December 13th from Women Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology (W.E.S.T)
at the Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge MA for her work with Art in
Giving and the Rachel Molly Markoff Foundation. Congratulations, Eliane!
1/11: Elaine Markoff's charitable foundation,
Art in Giving, has launched an
e-mail newsletter. Eliane was featured at a UMass luncheon honoring
Vicki Reggie Kennedy, where Eliane presented Vicki with an original
painting in appreciation for her support. Eliane also held her first
exhibit in a Paris gallery! at Le Marais section:
10/17: Joined Dec in 1980 in
Field Service Logistics, working for Tom Karpowski. Joined the
awesome Nautilus team in '83; ESG in '87 with Don McInnis. Moved
to the field in 1990 working for Mary Piehler and Tom Iannotti
in Corning NY. Many sales jobs with Digital, Compaq and HP,
until retirement from HP on October 30, 2012. Started with
Seagate HPC Systems (Xyratex) on November 1st. Retired again,
for good, in July 2016. Now loving retirement near Albany NY.
Visitors most welcomed!
With regards, Bryan (cell
3/13: Hello! I am Employee 2255
started in San German, Puerto Rico. My dream job started on Feb. 6,
1974. Enjoyed every minute of it! Woke up in November 1990 and the
lights were turned off.
2/13: I teamed up with a fellow DECie Dave Berry to start Abyss
Program Management LLC, www.abysspm.com,
a global program management consulting practice specializing in the
startup and recovery of: merger and acquisition integrations, programs,
program management offices (PMO) and project portfolios for medium to
large companies. Wherever
possible we try to utilize our colleagues
from the past in our business. We published a few articles in
PMWorldToday.net which you can see on our website.
2/11: Joanne Masingill
(email@example.com) writes: Lon and I became Florida residents in
2010 since we are now spending 7 months in Florida. We enjoy the outside
life in Florida but still think of ourselves as northerners. 2011 marks
our 30th wedding anniversary and we have plans for a wonderful month
long trip including a transatlantic cruise and 2 weeks in the UK.
9/22: Gerald McKenna writes that, at age 83, he is still pursuing his
work on behalf of alcohol-drug addiction prevention and intervention.
His work involves intervention and education of adults, teens, and
children to reduce the incidence or severity of this disease. Gerry
lives in South Dennis MA on the Cape and is active presenting
educational programs there. In his 15-year Digital career, from 1977 to
1992, he had several positions in Manufacturing Engineering at Maynard,
Acton, Chelmsford, Andover, Purchasing in Franklin, and EAP in Roxbury.
Gerry founded a Recovery Meeting for fellow Digital employees at a local
Catholic school adjacent to the parking lot at the Mill. He had several
interactions with Ken Olsen as part of his ongoing unofficial EAP work
and feels that he owes much of his positive personal development to
their relationship. He's still grateful for having had that opportunity.
2/14: So glad to meet DEC enthusiasts. DEC/VMS was my Holy Grail
of Op systems. This feels like a rebirth! I moved on to SAP ABAP
Devt and was so gratified to find a Devt system almost as well
structured as VMS - my boat sailed again!
2/13: I retired from Cisco Systems in 2006,
where I led the software engineering team that delivered MPLS
(Multi-Protocol Label Switching) to market in 1998. We were the first
network company to ship MPLS.
Since retiring I've been active in local, state and national politics,
as well as traveling with my wife to spend time with our family spread
across the US.
2/13: Currently Managing Director,
Enterprise Management Division of Windmill International, Inc., a
member-owned business, providing innovative solutions and services to
the United States and allied governments in support of national security
and acquisition programs.
3/12: Dennis McMann is currently
serving as Assistant District Governor 2011-2014 for Rotary Club of
5/10: John McNiel sent in a 1979 Digital This Week featuring an
article about the first decentralized A/P system that he worked on.
Worked as system analyst for system 1119 in the mill - Maynard mfg - we
had the 4 business - board shop - test equipment - etc. I reported to
Jerry Christopher, plant controller, and to Phil Cognetta, system 1119
programming, etc. I took care of the REBNI system as well as the BOM
maintenance. Nice to see the pics of the Mill again. I lived on Summer
street in Maynard with my wife and 2 small daughters after leaving EDS
7/20: Christine Medeiros, CA: Started out at
DEC in 1980 as the DTW editor & photographer working out of Parker
Street. Lucky to shadow Ken, Stan, Harlan, Gordon, Grace and many other
history makers. I moved into HPS marketing until I was relocated to San
Francisco as a solutions architect in the field. Left DEC after 15 years
and spent the rest of my marketing career in software development and
analytic industries. Newly retired, I volunteer with the American Red
Cross as an International Services lead caseworker restoring families
separated by war, disaster or any humanitarian crises. You can contact
me at Christine.firstname.lastname@example.org
2/13: Terry Melle in Round Rock, TX 78681 is
pastoring men, preparing couples for marriage and carrying a counseling
caseload. Just finished the Ultimate Tailgate BBQ cook-off at Hill
Country Bible Church. 22 teams fed over 400 people all manner of
brisket, venison, fowl, sausage, pork etc.
11/22: Spending my retirement in the South
Carolina sunshine surrounded by golf courses. ⛳ Miss many of my
old Ed Services friends.
7/13: Larry Mello (retired, near
Charleston SC) writes that he would like to reconnect with other former
instructors from Educational Services in Bedford. Some names are Ed
Crowley, Bill Foley, Ray Corrado, Brian Hern, Tom Polaski, Tom Capalongo,
and Bob Mellor. Please email Larry at email:
email@example.com if you can help
him find any of these or other Ed Services folks.
Mierzwa, Ed (below, right)
5/15: Ed attended the April 2015 Computer Festival East in Wall
NJ, and sent us a CD with 27 annotated photos of PDP-8's exhibited in
commemoration of the 50th PDP-8 anniversary.
Link to photos.
1/16: Jack Mileski, our DEC Connection VP, thought that some may
reading this book about the management battles and employee
strike/grass roots movement at the New England-based food chain Market
Basket. He says: Digital Equipment Corp (DEC) was similar in having
management respecting the employee base – with which the
www.decconnection.org continues to exist after 17 years of DEC’s
independent existence. I was also at Bell Telephone Laboratories where
similar collegiate employees totally respected each other!
12/11: Jack Mileski, of
Stow MA, our DEC Connection Vice President, is the
Polish DJ on "The Polish Polka Party" on the same station on alternate
Sundays from 2-4 PM on the same station. He'll be on on Jan 1, 22nd, and
29th and then, starting in Feb, every 2nd and 4th Sunday.
Miller writes: I never "left DEC"...still with HP (30+ years). I'm a
Program Manager for HP Enterprise Services; currently finishing up a
2-year data center migration project for Coca-Cola in Atlanta. Alan
Miller, PMP firstname.lastname@example.org
12/22: Avram was our 5th Tech Talk speaker
on Dec. 6. He gave a great presentation on the story of the
development of Digital's PC lines. Link
to the recording here. His
The Flight of a Wild Duck, was published in Sept 2021 and is
available on amazon.com.
4/19: Avram Miller recently joined DEC
Connection. He is a former Former Group Manager at Digital Equipment
(1979-1983) and Vice President of Business Development and co founder of
Intel Capital (1994-1999) CEO, the Avram Miller Company (1999-2018). He
is now retired and writing a book on the computer industry (1979-2004).
Avram lives in Tel Aviv Israel.
Sonia Mirkin (339-234-6325) I'm a full time real estate
agent with RE/MAX. It's a great honor to help buyers find their dream
home. I have a commitment to the sellers to sell their homes in today's
market. Thanks to Digital my project management skills are a great help
in Real Estate.
2/13: Has been the Channel Manager at
Glacier Computer since 2007. We manufacture rugged computers
specializing in vehicle-mount, tablet and handheld mobile applications.
Glacier products are distributed worldwide through a network of reseller
1/10: Richard Mollin is President of Sentinel Advisory Services, LLC a
Registered Investment Advisor. This service focuses on helping people
protect their 401K, IRA and other investment portfolios during the early
stages of a market decline. When market conditions are favorable,
relative strength comparisons are used select equities that are leading
the market up. He recently started a blog at
11/12: Mary Molloy has published a book,
Design Your Own Destiny -- Life Planning for the 21st Century. See
4/19: Pat Molloy reports that she has been happily retired for a year
and a half, after 24 years at DEC and 18 years as a consultant on sales
performance, and is finally able to enjoy her home on Marco Island in
Florida. She moved there 15 years ago, but spent most of her time flying
to various locations working with high tech clients on improving sales
performance. So life is good, and she and her little Miss Molly Molloy,
her 1½ year old Cavanese puppy, are having a wonderful time.
2/11: Pat Molloy writes: I live in paradise (Marco Island,
FL), but I am not able to spend as much time here as I would like. I
have been running my own consulting business for 13 years (lucky 13) and
part of that work is to deliver workshops to high tech sales and
partnership teams. Last month I was in Chicago (twice), Costa Rica and
Seattle, and this month I am heading to Prague and Dubai. What
incredible opportunities my clients give me. I am truly blessed. Looking
forward to hearing news from other members.
2/10: Chuck Monroe is still on a horse
ranch in the hills outside Scottsdale. I came out of retirement to work
as a Manufacturer's Rep for Arizona and New Mexico for environmental
products that clean water and air for municipal and industrial plants.
Moore, Bob (C. Robert)
7/17: We are sad to announce that Bob
Moore passed away on July 8th. He will be missed greatly by our
DEC Connection community and we appreciate his dedication to us over the
years. We thank his wife Doris for her contributions as well.
6/12: Bob Moore, DEC Connection Treasurer,
won an HP Computer at the last HP Retiree Briefing in Andover MA.
Here he is at left showing it off!
Morandi de Trarieux-Lumiere, Didier (DTL)
11/10: Didier Morandi de Trarieux-Lumiere (a.k.a. DTL, from Toulouse,
France, where he helps their group of 1800 French ex-DECcies stay in
touch), recently joined the DEC Connection and posted some musings about
the Digital-Microsoft connection.
4/12: I am retired in Provincetown after an incredible life and
career with DEC. I have had the opportunity to apply my DEC experience
and Ken's value system to business and community activities here in
town. I do it with enthusiasm and pride as I see the results. Life
DEC Badge #144
Murphy was selected out of 3,600 applicants to be the first owner of a
Charles Schwab Independent Branch franchise in the United States. The
selection process is rigorous, and the vast majority of candidates are
rejected. Charles Schwab & Co. Inc. is one of the largest full-service
investment firms in the world with over 300 company-owned branches, 10
million clients, and $1.8 trillion under management. Mary located her
branch at 2 Cellu Drive, Suite 113, Nashua, NH (off Amherst Street near
the former MKO) and welcomes all former Digital, Compaq, and HP staff to
visit and enjoy a free coffee, tea, or soft drink.
8/10: Judy Murray writes: I have now been
living in Orlando, Florida with my family for 9 years. Enjoying the
7/10: I continue to benefit from the wonderful experiences that we
shared at Digital. I provide consulting and business advisory services
to a wide range of clients and have been doing so for the past 10 years.
My year around home is in Pocasset on Cape Cod where I am involved in
various community groups. In addition, I am very engaged in the
activities of my children and grandchildren. Contact me at 508-361-4849.
6/14: A DEC friend sent me a copy of the
July meeting of this group, which i was glad to discover had been
formed. I worked in the Media Communications group from 1982 to 1992
making documentary marketing films about how our customers used our
gear, how our gear was designed & made, with interviews with corporate
CEOs, CIOs, OEMs & managers, technicians, secretaries, with our own
designers, engineers, with Ken Olsen & other DEC upper management. We
also made opening shows for various DEC events, for DECtown & the
various subsequent DECworlds, & other marketing & trade events such as
the auto shows, etc.
We covered DEC customers across the US, Europe, in India, Hong Kong,
Australia & Japan. We shot footage in steel mills, news rooms &
factories, in offices & banks, on speeding trains, research aircraft,
oil & undersea exploration vessels & America's Cup yachts, anywhere &
everywhere we could go to show why our customers picked DEC gear & how
our gear was being used.
I have thought for some time that this work should be shared with the
DEC community. I have seen a few DEC videos online, most of which are
pretty dull stuff, and none looked familiar to me. This was a good &
exciting company & many of the films our group produced showed why we
were a good & exciting company. I think it is important for DEC folks to
be reminded of what we accomplished & how respected DEC folks were in
the scientific & corporate world.
I have copies of only a few of these programs & i know other media
producers who also have a few of their shows copied, some are even
transferred from video to high definition formats. Most of our original
programs were dumped literally in a dumpster when the media group was
"downsized." Some of these programs were retrieved from the dumpster &
saved I was told, but I do not know where they are now. When our group
was let go, I was out on disability with a knee operation on a broken
leg & was unable to retrieve many of the programs I had produced.
I would be interested to see what can be done with the work I & other
producers may have, who has what, how best to put it out there, what the
cost would be for transfers, etc. I come to the Boston area often - the
children & grand children live there, & I can be reached at
email@example.com, and by phone
at 207 266 3113.
I was sad to see that Bob Hughes passed on; i worked with him when he
managed one of the DECworld events, & thought he represented the best of
DEC's corporate style, as he managed that event with clarity, insight &
humor in equal measures. it was a pleasure working with him; as I recall
now, it was a mostly pleasure working with the whole company. when we
were good, we were damn good.
Click here for New's story about interviewing Ken.
2/13: Life is good being
"semi-retired" in Northern Michigan. I am still busy doing a bit of
Management Consulting and Sales Training. A few years ago I had the
opportunity to do some Sales Training for Monster.com at the Old Mill in
Maynard. Talk about bringing back great memories. I still miss the
wonderful friends and colleagues.
5/21: Retired from the computer industry in 2017,
wrapping up a 47-year career (including 2 years off to get an MBA). The
highlight was definitely 1978-2000 at DEC/Compaq. In 2000 we moved to
Silicon Valley, where I worked for Brocade (now Broadcom), 3 start-ups,
Cisco, and QLogic => Cavium => Marvell. My wife Sue and I are now
enjoying life as perpetual snowbird beach bums.
I worked for Digital from 1984-1994. I
worked in the US Customer Support Center of Massachusetts (affiliated
with Colorado Springs and Alpharetta, Georgia) I started in a small
building on Kane Drive in Hudson, the center then moved to Walkup Dive
in Westborough and then on to the Shrewsbury, Massachusetts complex. I
started in the Customer Service Call Center answering the phone lines. I
then became a Computer Operator, then a Systems Manager and then a
Systems Support Specialist. I briefly left the US Customer Support
Center and worked for about a year in Marlborough (UPO) for CMAS, I
think it was Central Mass Administrative Systems. I did System
Management and All-in-1 support for facilities in Southborough and three
in Marlborough. I returned to the US Customer Support as a Business
Support Specialists, I had the great honor of working with Jay Inman on
setting up the the video conferencing between CXO and SHR. I am sorry to
see Jay has passed. My partner in doing this set up was Pam Caron, now
Pam Hanna. Towards the end of my career at the Support Center I did
phone support on various Digital software products. I must admit I left
DEC reluctantly, figuring my position would soon be eliminated. I
thought it best to leave and use what I learned elsewhere. It had been
my sincere hope I could finish my career with DEC.
I have always felt grateful to Digital
for hiring me, to the managers who mentored me, and to the teammates I
learned from over the years, They took a chance on a person with a
retail background (Spag's Supply Inc.) with no technical training and
hired me. After leaving DEC it was those folks that gave me the
background to work for companies such as Raytheon, EMC, Allmerica (now
Hanover), Bay Networks, all in technical positions. In the later half of
my career I was lucky enough to become a Unit Manager for a twelve
person Unix Systems and Storage group for Private Healthcare Systems
(now Multiplan) and used a lot of the lessons and techniques I learned
at Digital in communicating with folks, how to manage people and how to
help them grow their careers. While at PHCS I met and worked with some
ex-DEC employees and we all talked fondly of our DEC days. The folks
from DEC at PHCS were Bud Gorman, now passed but in my mind a wonderful
man, (learned a lot from him too) Greg White, Lou Tammarro and Guy
Novello. and I am sure there were others. As fate would have it my last
job was managing technical systems and managing doctor's office billing
accounts for a medical billing company. My last job was some phone work
and systems work just like my early Digital days. I have been retired
for several years.
5/11: Joe O'Leary would like former members of the Digital Hockey
League to contact him for a possible reunion. Email Joe at:
- he was
the goalie for the Mill Northstars.
3/17: Moved back home to Milan, NH in 2013 after retiring as
General Counsel for a publicly traded water company. Now practicing law
in my own firm Law Offices of Roland E. Olivier, PLLC in Berlin and
6/13: Roland Olivier (DEC 1976-1995) writes: I am a business, technology
and international lawyer. I've just announced the opening of my law
practice focused particularly on entrepreneurs, startups, small
businesses, emerging companies, hi-tech companies (hardware, software
and services), manufacturing companies and companies expanding into or
seeking international markets for their products. I am available to
provide legal and governance services, to counsel clients on
establishing domestic and international operations, to help finance
their business, to resolve commercial disputes and to help them
structure, negotiate and close complex commercial transactions, real
estate transactions, intellectual property licenses and international
business transactions. This includes sales, service, distribution,
licensing, sourcing, purchasing, joint venture, strategic marketing, and
merger & acquisition agreements, and real estate acquisitions, leases
and sales. You can contact me on LinkedIn, Facebook or via email
07/09: Roland Olivier worked in Digital's Contracts Department,
Law Department and the Office Information Systems Group from 1976-1995.
After leaving Digital, Roland practiced law for 8 years in two of New
Hampshire's largest law firms. In 2003, he joined Hitchiner
Manufacturing Company, a privately-held manufacturer of automotive,
aerospace and defense parts in Milford, NH, as its Corporate Counsel. In
August 2008, Roland became the General Counsel of Pennichuck
Corporation, a publicly-traded water utility in Merrimack, NH. In
addition to his role as General Counsel, Roland is also the President of
The Southwood Corporation, Pennichuck's real estate management and
2/13: Jim O'Reilly has been retired for 4
years and spends his time running between houses in Amherst, NH and New
York City. After leaving Digital, Jim spent 15 plus years selling
complex software solutions into the utility, education and financial
2/13: I am now a retired software engineer
spending time assisting my daughter and son with remodels and updates of
their homes, traveling a bit (recently to Italy), golfing, gardening,
duties around home and wondering how I was able to get all of my
non-work related activities done when I was working. And most important,
Pasquale, Pat (Pietrina)
2/13: My husband passed away on Sept.
7, 2012, so I am trying to catch up with everything that has to be done.
Just recently I joined Silver Sneakers thru Fallon to get involved with
my friends. I have been a member of a bowling team in Northborough,
candlepins, which I enjoy immensely. Last month I had cataract surgery
on my left eye, which has helped my eyesight a lot. Am going to wait for
the surgery on the right eye for a few months til summer. Looking
forward to a get together with DEC friends like you used to have in
Sudbury, MA. firstname.lastname@example.org
8/13: Worked at DEC 1965 to May 1992.
Four digit badge number. Met many wonderful people in those years. Am
still meeting people who worked at DEC and all speak glowingly of their
time there. Many of us have done volunteer work since leaving Digital.
I've just concluded 20 years of volunteering at Emerson Hospital in
Concord, MA. I love to read the DEC Connection. What a great way to keep
Informed about the people you once worked with.
4/13: I was at DEC from 1977 to 1984,
working in the research group under Jim Bell, then Bob Glorioso. I also
worked for a couple of years in the Office Systems Group doing advanced
development and architecture. After DEC I went to Perkin Elmer Data
Systems Group in NJ to do product development management. That lasted
for about another 6 or 7 years during which time that company spun out
as an independent known as Concurrent Computer Corp. That company also
merged with MassComp, a DEC spin-off so there was some reconnection. I
went to Xerox in 1991 to work on systems architecture in their Corporate
Research Group. Later I transferred into the Xerox Office Group as Chief
Technology Officer, then became the VP of the software and electronics
development group that developed all the controls for the office
products. Then I retired and am happily bicycling, hiking, paddling and
motorcycling in the Blue Ridge Mountains of NC!
I worked for DEC for about 17 years. After
DEC, I ventured into a successful career as an HR Consultant in the
Healthcare Industry. I'm semi-retired but still enjoy part time
consulting, including helping others write their resumes and find
employment. I credit this success to a wonderful DEC mentor named Geoff
2/12: I am enjoying retirement, traveling
some, and occasionally (although lately more frequently) driving cars
around Colorado for Hertz Rental Car Co. Gary Piel in Colorado
2/10: Pat Plagman writes: my wife
Sheila (ex DECie and current HPer) and I relocated to Alpharetta,
Georgia about 4 months ago (from Colorado Springs). Neither of us have
lived in the east so we are excited about what the future might bring.
So far I have really enjoyed everything except the traffic.
4/19: In November 2018, I got re-elected to the New Hampshire House of
Representatives for the 2019-20 Biennium. I was first elected to the
2015-16 Biennium, but missed the 2017-18 Biennium. I’m on the Commerce &
Consumer Affairs Committee. It is easily the busiest Committee in The
House. This is a “full time” job, traveling to Concord NH at least three
days per week. (And there may be 4-day-weeks upcoming.) All this for
$100.00 per year, with a free EZ-Pass. Definitely a “Citizen
Legislature.” Live Free or Die!! I’m still on Facebook at the usual
place, and I can now, also be reached at
2/15: I am now serving, 2015-2016, as a New Hampshire State
Representative from Rockingham District 6, which is Derry New Hampshire.
Any issues in New Hampshire, please feel free to contact me at my
12/14: On November 4th, 2014, John Potucek, ex-SVO/NIO Deccie
(1980-1995), was elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives
for the two year term of 2015-2016. He represents the Rockingham
County’s 6th District, which is Derry NH. John is a retired Electronic
Engineer & Program Manager from the electronics industry, as well as a
retired Middle School Mathematics Teacher, having taught most of his
career in Manchester NH. His multiple retirements allow him to focus on
the duties involved in the “Citizen Legislature” of New Hampshire.
10/11: John "CIA" Potucek writes: Got out of Engineering in 2001.
Middle School Math Teacher since then. Involved in NHTM and NCTM Math
Groups at all levels, incl. National. Member of NH-Dept.of Education
08/09: In 2007 I turned over a new leaf and
committed myself to photography as a business. I am sure glad that I
did. I cover weddings, b’nai mitzvah, and other social events and take
senior, family & group portraits. I also help to give greater visibility
to small businesses through effective advertising. See
ideas. Referrals appreciated.
10/15: On Oct. 20, 2015 five DEC folks who worked
closely together reunited for lunch in Westminster, MA at the Old Mill
restaurant. We had such a good time we decided to do it again within the
next year. Photo below. Dave's email is
below, Left to right: David Price (public relations), Rick Goldberg
(public relations), Judy Finman (public relations), Connie Sartini
(marketing communications), and Linda Giragosian (public relations).
12/20: Helena Prindle aka Helena Veilleux. I
worked at DEC for 19+years and my last day was the Friday before Compact
took control. For the majority of my tenure, I was part of the A&SG,
Corporate Customer Visits, and Corp Sales Training. I spent a good
amount of time trying to find another company that had the same kind of
culture that DEC had - without much success. Some came close though. I
retired last year and now live in Florida, The Villages. My husband Ted
and I wanted to retire to an active community and found our piece of
heaven on earth. Various activities keep us busy. We have 3 grandsons
ages 18-22. To this day and all the jobs, Digital remains the one with
the fondest memories.
9/20: Tom Pulsifer writes that he is totally retired from his real
estate business and thinking of getting into the work from home career!
7/18: Tom Pulsifer writes: I am currently working with Berkshire
Realtors in New Orleans, having moved here 3 years ago from Georgia. I
referrals and "No Pressure Just Service".
8/14: Been selling Real Estate since I retired... laid off in 2003
from HP after 36 yrs with the Trio. Lived in the No. GA Mtns since 1998.
Met Pam from New Orleans a wonderful lady who stole my heart after
moving to Atlanta from Maine in 1991 and married in 1992 after being
single for 13 years. Our house is on the market and when we sell we are
moving to Pam's hometown of New Orleans where I will spend the rest of
2/13: I’m dividing my time between Arizona (January
thru May) and Oregon (the rest of the year) with my girlfriend, who is
from Oregon. Get to see my two boys who live in Oregon, as well as my
brother who spends a lot of time in Oregon as well.
9/20: Greetings! My name is Jack Rahaim and I worked at
DEC from ’78 to ’93. I started working in Systems and Administration in
Corporate Personnel and then spent a number of years working in, and
eventually managing after the passing of Dennis O’Connor, the AI
Technology Group. I left in ’93 to start Jack Rahaim Consulting and I
have been teaching a master’s level course in Leadership and Strategy at
NYU (now online). There isn’t a week that goes by when I don’t think of
and use something I learned at Digital. Remarkable people and culture.
Recently, after I wasn’t able to find any items with the Digital logo, I
secured the rights to use the Digital logo and started
www.decswag.com, where you can
purchase mugs, hats, shirts, jackets, etc. with the logo and 15% of the
profits go to the Alzheimer's Association. I’m delighted to be part of
this group and look forward to connecting with old and new colleagues.
Jack Rahaim, Nashville, TN
2/13: I am
working at Hewlett-Packard in Bellevue WA (Seattle area).
This dive pic was taken on
the Bib, a coast guard cutter in Key Largo FL.
9/14: Hi all you former DECies, Elaine and I are still enjoying our
island life style down here in Saint Augustine Florida. We built our
third home here on the Barrier Island across from the city of Saint
Augustine in 1998. Our island makes up the north side of the harbor of
Saint Augustine and was named La Florida by Ponce de Leon when he
discovered Florida and our area back in 1556. We have a great view of
the city from our family room. We are on the intracoastal side of the
island which is about 1 mile wide at this end. We live at the southern
end of this island in and area called Porpoise Point. Named after all
the dolphins that hunt and play in our harbor and also the dolphins
trained in holding tanks by Americas first aquarium Marine Land of Saint
We have a public boat ramp just five minutes form our house on the
mainland where we trailer out flats boat to for a day on the
intracoastal waterway. I spend a lot of time (3 to 4 times a month) in
South Florida scuba diving on the reefs and wrecks on the Atlantic side
of Florida. We built this house in the summer of 1998 and have been
enjoying this island life style all these years. Both Elaine and I look
back on our DEC days with great joy. She was with the COEM and GSG
Product groups and then went into a corporate position after the product
lines ended. I was with manufacturing then LDP/MDP/Graphic product
group. After that I went into TOEM sales for 4 years, came out for a
2-yr stint with the Telecommunications Product Group, then went back
into Sales to handle the Teradyne corporate account for 4 years. I spent
the remaining 19 years with DEC in Sales in Mass until the layoffs. At
that time Elaine and I decided to move to Saint Augustine where my
family lived and drop out and enjoy the island life. No regrets at all
So we wish all of you a great retirement and if you got the urge buy a
pair of flip flops and come on down. If you love golf we have 30 golf
courses with in a 35 mile radius of our island. And the Players and
Sawgrass is just 10 miles north of our home on this island in Ponta
Vedra. One other thing, our Island is 68 miles long and great Jeep 4 X 4
driving. My Jeep Commander loves being turned loose in the sand here.
John and Elaine Reid
105 Jerez Court, Saint Augustine, Florida 32084
3/11: Elizabeth Robertson, MA writes: It was so nice to read the
gracious feedback [our Memorials] on Ken Olsen. He was one of a kind,
certainly to be missed. I do volunteer work at our senior center,
including a newsletter. I have 4 grandchildren, all doing well. My town,
Rutland, is noted for having a tree that sits in the middle of Mass. Ave
2 streets from my house. I enjoy our events year-round, especially the
4th of July, and the Chowder Challenge at the Fire Brigade. (no email
address on file)
9/21: I enjoyed the picnic at Kimball’s
recently and hope to march in the parade in Maynard in September. My
career of 42 years in Human Resources started at Digital in the early
70s on Thompson St. then on to Parker St. in Maynard. I enjoyed various
jobs HR/Employment/Employee Relation for about 14 years in the 70s and
80s leaving in the early 90s. I continued in Human Resource jobs at BAE,
Nortel Networks, Right Management Consultants, and Raytheon until I
retired in 2015 from Raytheon. We’ve continued to live in Boxborough
doing upgrades to our house and gardening. I help with childcare for my
2 young grandsons who live locally. My husband Ted & I have also
traveled primarily in Europe & Great Britain upon retirement. I enjoyed
singing and leading a group of youth singers in our local UCC Boxborough
church. I look forward to when we can return to singing and traveling
again some day.
We are saddened to report Mike's passing in early July 2013. Here
is a tribute web page to Mike that will be accessed by his wife Marilyn
Davison (also a DEC Connection member):
We will post additional details on our Memorials
7/12: Michael Rogosin and Marilyn
Davison formed Whycroft LLC in January this year to help technology
entrepreneurs achieve success. Building on over 6 years of experience
with one of Europe’s leading Business Angel Groups – the Sophia Business
Angels – coaching entrepreneurs, developing compelling business plans
and presentations and introducing the young companies to our networks
and contacts - as well as our own extensive background in sales and
marketing in the US and Europe we provide a unique perspective on global
business development, leadership and strategy. We are also both teaching
MSc and MBA courses in Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at
SKEMA Business School and EDHEC. We have helped numerous US and European
companies raise capital, close first accounts in new territories, and
build their businesses on a global level.
1/20: Barry Rosen writes that he is serving
on the Town of Acton's Water Resources Advisory Committee as
Commissioner of Water Supply District of Acton.
8/15: It is a most gracious miracle that after all this time we remain
connected... thus the web we had woven was a solid web that continues to
connect respective groups of DECies together as in; the west coast
crowd; the CXO gang; AZ gang; CA contingents, the Florida snow birds and
the myriad of Cape Cod connected affiliations and some Euro connections
and others are still in place. I think it is quite special to have such
continued deep rooted connections after 20 years. I have indeed been
fortunate in that I had a few years back a circa 1960’s Itek reunion
regarding the Hubble and spy satellites projects. I was involved with
the team as a key person doing the critical data entry that had to be
correct. The event was hosted by General Abrams.
2/15: I am working with Gordon College to ensure the data and documents
of John Clarke, Engineering Mgr, Desktop Systems will live on. It was
John who chose CMOS technology for the Decmate. IT was his engineer John
Kirk who did the CMOS layout that launched the industry technology that
still remains today. it was I that first created the mnemonic PC for the
CMOS desktop (that IBM had the whereforall to copyright grrrr)
Other Updates: Keep up the good work.. blessings to all of you who
support this infrastructure that allows us to remain connected.
10/11: Marcia Russell shared some exciting news from her
pre-Digital years: Some former Itek colleagues and I are being honored
this October 24 to be the guest of Goodrich Corporation in Danbury CT.
My job prior to Digital was top secret; 3 months ago, the government
declassified the program. We former team members are being honored for
our outstanding achievements 40 plus years ago. Remember that
magnificent photo of Earth rise as taken from the moon. That was the
team that I belonged to at Itek Corporation. I was involved with all the
Apollo missions from 1967 to 1973. We provided the optics for as all the
lenses and cameras for the space ships, moon landings and satellites.
We are sad to report Dale's passing on June 15, 2018.
3/17: Dale Rutschow is unfortunately back in hospice as he is weakening
progressively. He sends thanks for our note, saying he was so pleased to
hear from at least six former co-workers: "It was so nice to discuss the
good old DEC days. We all believe we were lucky to spend so much time
with a company that probably will never happen again, one that put
employees and customers above all else."
3/16: Dale Rutschow sent his membership renewal in with some very sad
news: he is in hospice from a form of ALS and Lyme disease. Although he
cannot speak, he can communicate via email and would love to hear from
former co-workers in the Colorado Springs Gold and NASDAQ support teams
(1995-2003), Chapel Hill NC support (1983-1988), and Rockford IL/Chicago
(1990-1995) support organizations.
2/14: Started in 83 in Chapel Hills,NC. Moved to Rockford IL in 86 then
transferred here from the Chicago District in 95 to join the Gold
Support Team and then was on the NASDAQ support team until I became
3/17: Beryl Sachs writes: Six years ago Jean & I moved back to our
hometown in Baltimore, MD. 44 years ago we married and I joined DEC in
6/13: Beryl Sachs writes: Jean & I were from Baltimore until we
married in 1972 and I joined DEC in NC. We moved to Upstate NY and MA.
Three years ago we moved back home to Baltimore living on the Chesapeake
1/10: Sy was Digital's Labor and Employment Attorney for 23 years,
counseling senior management and personnel. He retired after the Compaq
merger but did consulting until H-P acquired Compac. Sy now does
consulting work and teaches a course at Framingham State college. In his
spare time, he volunteers for projects run by the counsel on aging and
the AARP program Money Management. We appreciate Sy's service on our
DECconnection Board from 2010 through 2012.
5/21: Ed Samuel writes that he has published his first
book, "Optimize Your Resume - Dos and Don'ts". It is available on his
secure website: [Link to Ed's book](https://samnovainc.com/resume-book).
One can also order it via Amazon on paperback or Kindle. Congrats, Ed!
9/19: Ed Samuel is still busy at work in PA: Ed Samuel,
Executive Career and Life Coach, Resume Writer, Job Search Strategist,
Interview Training, LinkedIn Profiles, Building Consulting Practices,
Career Assessment Team Leader and Consultant, DiSC Personality I.D.
Consultant, Believers in Business Leader.
Link to his website or email
11/09: I am still married to my husband of many years. My two
daughters finished college. My older one has a good job in New York City
and my younger one is a graduate student on the West Coast.
Professionally since I left Digital/Compaq I have worked in
controllership functions in colleges and in non-profits. I also worked
as a Senior Consultant in a national consulting firm in the Higher
Education practice. Currently I am looking for a new job opportunity.
12/09: I am currently the Office Manager at RSM McGladrey,
Burlington, MA. I am on the board of Commonwealth Cats,
a non-profit that sponsors monthly spay/neuter/vaccination clinics for
feral and unowned cats in Massachusetts. I am active in TNR
(trap/neuter/release) of feral/unowned cats, and provide foster care to
cats until they are adopted.
11/22: We are sad to report that Ted passed away on August 30,
9/19: Ted Sares has earned some very impressive honors in his retirement
avocations, boxing journalism and power weightlifting. Altho he's 82, he
isn't slowing down. On Sept 29 in New York, Ted will be presented with
the first Harold Lederman Award for excellence in boxing journalism by
the Ring10 organization.
See writeup here. Congratulations Ted!
3/16: Ted Sares, DEC 79-92, continues to break powerlifting records in
the Grand Mater Class (75-79) in several East Coast states and recently
set four world records in a meet in Fair Haven, VT sanctioned by the
Revolution Powerlifting Syndicate. After faltering in Nova Scotia,
Canada on November 7, 2015, he won his second consecutive EPF Grand
Masters Nationals championship while competing in a meet in Johnston,
Rhode Island on November 28. He will be seeking his third consecutive
EPF Grand Masters Nationals championship in April 2016.
2/13: Nice to hear from you and know the extended
Digital Family is doing well – with that wonderful spirit we all felt
years ago and still do. My activities:
We knew in those days the world was going Digital – sure things morphed
via Compaq and HP, but the broader digitalization of our lives continues
and in more ways than we realize, both for opportunities and with
While teaching in the Sustainability Master’s Program at the Technical
University Munich, my students came up with a phrase that is both
profound and challenging: How do we learn to ‘Live Lightly and Lively?”
‘Living Lightly’ means moving to a profoundly low-carbon economy (the
opposite of what we have today) and to deepen and intensify a meaning
rich cultural life, the ‘Lively’ part. I’ve modified the phrase a bit to
say ask how we can “Live Lightly, Lively and Wisely?” I’d welcome any
thoughts from our richly reflective DEC community.
How do we reconnect with the wisdom of the PAST (from all cultures)?
Remember how Aristotle talks about three forms of knowing: Techne
(Technology), Episteme (Theory of Knowledge) and Phronesis (Wise
Judgment). Alas, our schools/universities teach the first two and ignore
helping us increase the wisdom of our judgments. I am looking for and
finding references to Wisdom in the Indian, Arabic and Chinese
literature as well. How do we face the profound challenges of the
PRESENT, including Peak Oil, Peak Resources and the Peak Car? And how
might we actively Co-Create a Wiser FUTURE for our great grandchildren?
These are the themes I am working as I teach both MBA and Sustainability
courses in Germany, Sweden, India, Saudi Arabia, Dubai and elsewhere. I
am always open for inspiration from our wonderful community!
12/13: I am currently Manager of IT Strategy & Process at the US Postal
Service in Raleigh, NC. My 10 year anniversary there pretty much
coincided to the day the end of care giving responsibilities for my Mom.
I feel the opportunity to re-energize my life and what better way than
to connect with interesting people from DEC!
05/15: Lin and husband Dave are moving south to retire in NC.
07/09: Lin Schimel is principal of Creative Action
Marketing LLC, creating effective customer loyalty and go-to-market
programs, such as Advisory Boards, Webinars, Seminars, and Executive
Meetings. Check out
Lin can be reached at 603-883-0818, or
Lin also leads the NH Chapter of the DEC Connection.
7/12: Kerry and I still live in Nashua, NH. Kerry
spends half her time as a professional actress. Our son Brian is an
attorney in Washington, DC – with two daughters. Our daughter Lauren
lives in Newton – one daughter. I made the move to healthcare 6 years
ago. I’m now VP, Marketing, Pharmacy Drug Delivery at Baxter Healthcare.
Still doing stage lighting as a hobby. Almost 19 years post-Digital.
11/11: Our member Michael Schoepke works at the Daily Herald in
Chicago. He writes: "We have an 4 CPU ES450 system running 8.3. Running
circulation and receivable packages for our newspaper. Around 3.5
million lines of COBOL. Long live VMS!"
2/11: From Bob Schuetz
(email@example.com): "My company, floatstorage.com®, that DEC
Connection was gracious to report on a while ago, is going strong. I
recently split this site to create a second one,
which carries non-pool items. I am having a "ball" exhibiting at trade
shows, working with manufacturers to take on new products, and most
important, processing orders! With the new website I will be exhibiting
at shows such as the Dallas Home & Garden Show, which will give me more
exposure and allow me to market smaller pool toys and devices, and some
unique products like contemporary LED lights. If you have neck and back
pain check out the new NEKDOODLE™ on my website. I enjoy reading
DECconnection and I continue to be impressed with the number of "DECies"
that contribute articles and updates. A great idea - let's keep it
11/09: Bob Schuetz, former District Software Manager, NW District,
Redmond, WA. After DEC and several other major players in the IT world,
I was laid off right in the middle of our bad economy. I invented a rack
to store swimming pool floats for my own use and everyone kept telling
me I should market it. Well, with plenty of time on my hands, I started
my own company:
www.floatstorage.com. I’m now featured in several major catalogs and
pool accessory web sites. My utility patent is applied for and I now
have four registered trademarks. Visit www.floatstorage.com. If you have
a pool, live near a lake or the ocean, or just like swimming pool toys,
you’ll like what my site has to offer. Note: Bob is our current Featured
Entrepreneur on our website.
7/21: I have served as DECconnection webmaster, record-keeper, and
since its founding in 2006. I am happily retired in FL. I have a
dwindling business, good for a couple hours per week, doing websites for
professionals and small associations. Mostly now I enjoy playing
golf, tennis and pickleball and contribute as communications chairperson
in our community.
7/21: Too far from Maynard to attend any of
the Sept 19 events - live in Austin, TX now. Enjoyed recent Zoom talk
about the history of Digital Equipment sponsored by the Maynard Library.
2/16: Almost 17 years after retiring
(can it be that long?) I am finding my vacations are conflicting with my
vacations. I spend about a third of the year away from my home in
Concord, MA. I also have been practicing Tibetan Buddhism for the last
15 years. Life is good.
2/13: Bill Seaver has been enjoying
traveling. In November, responding to his daughter’s request for ashrams
and elephants, he went Nepal and India. The trip turned out to be a
great way to bond with our two adult children. January in Mexico was a
great way to miss the cold weather.
5/21: Sadly, we lost Ellen Simarano, 80, Concord MA, on 7 Jan 2021.
5/10: A SERPer in 1992, I held temp positions until 1993 when I
experienced a significant decline in health that I had been attributing
to stress - spent the next 2 months being tested for a plethora of
neurological symptoms at Emerson Hospital, Boston rehabs, Lahey, MGH...
until a "non-professional" friend suggested I pursue a Lyme Disease
specialist. Voila! Quite an unexpected journey. Currently I enjoy
gardening, knitting, cooking, reading, and grandchildren. Life is good!
I look forward to seeing you at the Mill on September 11th.
1/16: Alejandro (Alex) Singer is the brother of Henry Singer (rip)
and was Sales Manager in the DECI Caribbean Office (1986) and Country
Manager at DEC Mexico (1988). Now retired and living in Ocala, Florida,
is devoting time to organize the 30th anniversary party of a "Decworld"
style computer show we put together in San Juan, Puerto Rico in October
1986. 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 me at
3/12: William Slater writes to please visit his
website for a professional update at
He is doing contract software consulting, and lives in Chicago area.
2/12: Retired for the third time in 2007.
The first was from DEC in '92 (SERP). Currently looking for an at home
7/21: Glad to have found this organization
(thank you Martin King!). I started work at DEC at Spitbrook Rd, Nashua
in 1981, thru the CPQ and HPQ acquisition. I left HPQ after a year and
worked at EMC for a decade until I retired about 7 years ago. My big
news is that I just published my debut
novel “A Restaurant in Jaffa.” It is about "a brilliant computer
entrepreneur who joins forces with a beautiful Israeli intelligence
agent to battle hackers and revolutionaries who have infected critical
computers in the United States, demanding a ransom that will change the
entire landscape of the Middle East.” More details can be found on my
http://www.markesorenson.com. Relevant to the Digital alumni, a
PDP-11 plays a critical role in the plot! Here’s a fun 90 second video
10/10: I’m happy to report that I am working full time for NASA
Headquarters Environmental Management Division as a Sr. Principal
Engineer. I am developing collaborative technology demonstration
projects in the TEERM Principal Center- “Technology Evaluation for
Environmental Risk Mitigation”. This work is directed at implementing
Federal Executive Orders in the area of energy, water and high
performance sustainable buildings. This is very challenging and
rewarding work to “green” NASA facilities around the country involving
renewable energy, hydrogen and fuel cells,etc. My recent picture at
Kennedy Space Center is attached. I work out of my home offices in New
Hampshire and Florida.
1/12: I live and work in Boston’s Seaport Innovation
District where I operate my own photography studio specializing in
lifestyle portrait and fine art photography.
4/16: Margaret (Nouriel) Stashluk, formerly an occupational health
nurse, living in Nashua NH, celebrated her one-year retirement in April
2016 (retired 4/2015 with ending of Semiconductor manufacturing in
Hudson MA). firstname.lastname@example.org
07/09: Margaret Stashluk says that DECcies would know me as
Margaret Nouriel. I worked for Health Services - still do but with Intel
at the old semiconductor plant in Hudson MA. It's 17 years in Hudson
3/12: After “retiring” from HP in
2002, I took a second “retirement” from Air Liquide in 2011. In November
2011, I joined Insperity, where I’m providing HR consulting and support
to mid size (150 – 1000 employees) clients.
Stama is presently an independent financial advisor and partner in
Northeastern Wealth Management with offices in Bedford, NH. His firm
specializes in Retirement Planning, Business succession, and Wealth
Management. Frank is still an avid golfer and lives in Amherst with his
wife Shelley (formerly Shelley Tinnon).
3/11: Armando Stettner, MA, a new member, writes that he is
currently a director at Verizon heading up FiOS advanced development.
Stewart, Caleb Paul
05/09: Caleb Paul Stewart co-founded Randolph Associates, Inc., in
1984, a contract and permanent placement agency for Engineering and
Information Design Professionals, where he is Vice President.
generously participated in our 2009 concall series advising fellow
DECcies on finding jobs.
2/10: Elizabeth Strong is a senior consultant with PMI,
a consulting firm that helps industry-leading companies achieve results
through sales best practices and effective account management. She can
be reached at
3/21: Michael reports that he retired
from HPE on May 1, 2020, and now lives in Tucker GA.
3/16: These days I am still working
for HPE in the Technical Services Support organization, performing
network design and configuration work for short engagement, corporate
customers. Outside of work I am still an avid baker (when I can) and I
have been performing in community theater and choruses for the past 5
years. I am currently with the Gateway Men's Chorus here in St. Louis,
Thakur, Vijay and Gwen
6/10: Vijay and Gwyn Thakur proudly announce the launch of
http://www.ConventionCenterPlace.com, an online portal that is
helpful to event planners, exhibitors, attendees and business travelers.
My husband and I are in
Naples FL for about 6 months a year. Enjoying those warm winters. Sold
our home of 38 years in Carlisle, MA and moved to a condo in Winchester,
very convenient in the center of town.
8/14: We are greatly saddened to report that My-Quan passed away on
August 18, 2014. See Memorials page for
obituary and memorial donation information.
1/14: One of our SE Florida Chapter members, My-Quan Tran, is
battling lung cancer. He'd welcome notes and prayers from former
co-workers, send email to him at
email@example.com . My-Quan was delighted that former co-worker
Robert Sarao from MA, who worked with him at the Mill, recently made a
trip to see him.
2/10: I am currently on a short contract with HP
for technical writing. As this is part time work, I am looking for other
opportunities as well. Also thinking about whether to get more education
or start a new career. Would enjoy connecting with former DEC technical
We are greatly saddened to report that Bob passed away following a
courageous battle with cancer on November 10, 2014. See Memorials page for
Now into 18 yrs of retirement from DEC. Where has that time gone? Still
active in volunteer work for church and driving people to Dr. visits who
cannot drive themselves. Have a vacation house in Lakeland FL. and
generally spend Feb.-mid April in FL. Thanks for the continuing efforts
of DEC Connection. Cheers to all.
Karen Umbrello writes that she worked at
Digital for 20 years and then became part of the Compaq Corp team before
our organization was eventually acquired by Intel Corporation in 2001.
Still working at Intel (at the former Digital Facility) in Hudson, MA.
Live in Westminster, MA and stay connected to many former DECies.
Enjoyed the tour of the Mill in October 2016!! Thanks for the
opportunity to become a member!
8/15: Joe recently wrote an essay based on his first
Northeastern University [NU] co-op job in 1951 at the National Wool
Marketing Corp which was located on Summer St in Boston. The essay is a
historical review of Summer St which was considered as the wool capital
of the world, and is now a high tech Innovation District. The complete
essay can be viewed on Joe's website,
see Helena Prindle
12/13: I will officially retire from HP on 01/01/2014. I
will stay in Business with my own IT-Company CTSC (Computer Technology,
Support & Consulting) based in Germany.
We are sad to report that Hank passed away on November 9, 2012.
Condolences may be sent to his wife Sue at
1/11: I'm still doing Recruitment/HR consulting and I'm currently
working for an exDECie named Steve Wentzell at Dynamics Research
Corporation. See DEC Stories for a great story
about the longevity (over 30 years!) of a PDP-9 I worked on in
Manufacturing in 1967!
2/13: Sue Vezina is now working in Event
Management, supporting IBM software events, at George P. Johnson, 711
Atlantic Ave., Boston: Would love to hear from old friends (and new) at
home Office: 603-672-0384. Sue unfortunately lost her husband Hank to
cancer in November 2012.
Von Gunden, Helen
4/15: Congratulations to DEC
Connection Member Helen and Don Von Gunden of Elbert CO, who were
honored for extraordinary dedication to community service at the April
Black Forest AARP meeting. They were presented the national AARP Chapter
and REA Unit Community Service Award and a commemorative pin for their
exceptional hard work and dedication to community service. The
prestigious award, co-signed by AARP President, Jeannine English and
AARP CEO Jo Ann C. Jenkins, reads in part, "Your efforts have enriched
the lives of friends and neighbors and made your community a better
place to live." During the past year Helen and Don both volunteered many
hours working Chapter and AARP Colorado information tables and health
fairs. Don also served as the Chapter 1100 web site developer and as an
AARP Foundation Tax Aide volunteer. Helen skillfully edits, publishes
and distributes a professional monthly Chapter Newsletter to all Chapter
members and selected members in the community. She is also the
Chairperson of the Chapter Catering Committee that planned several very
successful catered Chapter events during the past year. See award
presentation photo below. Congrats may be emailed to Helen at
Wallace, David M.
12/13: David M. Wallace is Global Financial Services Marketing
Manager for SAS Institute, working at SAS headquarters in Cary NC. David
has been with SAS since April 2008. His focus is on the banking and
capital market segments of the global financial services industry.
4/19: Gail Warner has just joined DEC
Connection. She lives in NJ and says she hopes to hear from old friends
and co-workers at
3/17: I retired after 33 years with DEC, CPQ,
and HP in 2005. We live in Groton, Mass and are planning a move to North
Carolina sometime in May or June this year. I spent my 33 years in one
position or another in Field Service, retiring in 2005. Since retiring
I’ve worked part time with home contractors, herb wholesaler, and most
recently as the Facilities Coordinator for a local school district, a
full time position from which I retired for good in June 2016. How time
1/23: Steve organized a reunion for his Acton MA GIA Information
Technology group in December. He had a good turnout of 14 for
lunch at a local restaurant and they had a terrific time.
2/13: Currently semi-retired. I work summers about 20 hours a week
at Kimballs Ice Cream in Westford, MA. I am one of the managers working
primarily at the golf driving range and pitch and putt 9 hole course. I
also do other duties as requested (reminds me do all hands on DEC ; )
I am a 2 day a week baby sitter for my 2 year old granddaughter. One of
Spent a few years at Raytheon as a I.S. Security Officer with a stop
security clearance that was fun.
Now trying to just enjoy each day. Volunteering at church. Soon to be
joined by my wife of 36 years in her retirement from 30 plus years of
serving our veterans.
1/10: I am a 3 year employee at Raytheon in Woburn, MA. I work as
an Information Systems Security Officer responsible for Security of
Information etc for my Raytheon business area. Since leaving Digital/CPQ/HPQ
about 6 years ago I worked part time as a Mail Delivery person, a
supervisor in a local ice cream/golf/etc place, and also did a little
sub contracting for a computer repair business.
3/18: Steve Wells has worked with AIPMM* since 2009 to
develop the AIPMM Phase
Review Process (PRP), a direct descendent of the DIGITAL PRP. He
former DIGITAL product managers familiar with the DIGITAL PRP to help
the benefits of using the AIPMM PRP in developing and improving product
outcomes. Users of the DIGITAL PRP will be best able to extol its
virtues and avoid
Please check out his LinkedIn profile here:
Steve.WellsNH@gmail.com to help promote this
lasting DIGITAL legacy thru consulting opportunities. He needs
additional resources to get the word out. ▪
AIPMM stands for the Association of International Product Marketing and
Management. AIPMM is to Product Management what PMI is to Project
7/20: Member Jim Wengler, FL sent in a big “thanks
for your work". We do appreciate that our work is meaningful!
7/18: Geri Wetzell writes: I worked DecWorlds in the 80's, I started out
in '79 as a TAG
(Temp. Assistance Group) and ended up in GIA. My responsibilities got me
Europe, five Pacific Rim countries, Puerto Rico, and lots of domestic
travel. I took
the first DEC buyout. It was a great Company and they rewarded us well
curiosity. They were very good to me, I learned a lot. I am enjoying
husband and kids and their kids, we alternate between VT and FL. I am
2/11: From Geri Wetzell
(firstname.lastname@example.org): The DEC Connection is a great idea. I worked at
DEC from 1979 to the first buyout in 1990, starting in the Mill as a TAG
(Temp. Assistant Group) to working in GIA Mfg. as a Project Specialist.
Loved it, fun jobs, DECworlds, fun travel, the end of an era. I am
retired living in VT and FL in the winter.
Whalen, Kate Stanton
7/13: Kate Whalen writes: Husband Tim Whalen (also DEC Alum) and I
moved to North Berwick Maine in October of 2012, where we breed and show
champion alpacas. Please give us a call and stop by for a visit when you
are in southern Maine. 978.302.5103. Limerick Heritage Alpacas at
Atlantic Star Ranch in North Berwick, Maine.
9/11: Greetings to all of my old DEC Media Comunications friends! I'm
currently semi-retired, doing marketing and comms consulting work for HP
- AND, I own, breed and show champion alpacas!
Warmest regards, Kate Stanton Whalen
Whitty, Cynthia (Nadreau)
9/20: Cynthia (Nadreau)
Whitty writes: I enjoy receiving The DEC Connection newsletter
and seeing if anyone I know is included! I worked in the Media
Communications Group, Bedford, MA, as a manager of electronic
publishing for 9 years. Had the best group ever! After that,
joined a DEC technical writing group in Spitbrook for several
years. That was wonderful experience, too, working with so many
smart, caring people. Currently, I am freelancing as a writer
for a local newspaper and do the marketing for a business
association. Contact me at email@example.com if you have
marketing needs or to just say hello.
2/13: Cynthia (Nadreau) Whitty is an officer and the publicity
coordinator for the Ashland Business Association (ABA) in Ashland, MA,
where she heads her own business, Cynthia Whitty Communications, doing
marketing and public relations for small businesses and nonprofit
organizations. She loves to help start up new ventures, like the Ashland
Farmers Market, Transition Ashland and Ashland Community Gardens.
10/12: Cynthia (Nadreau) Whitty is currently self-employed with her own
marketing and public relations business, Cynthia Whitty Communications.
Her clients include the new Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum in Adams,
MA, and the Ashland Business Association in Ashland, MA, where she lives
with her husband.
At DEC she managed a production group (Media Communications Group,
Bedford, MA) for nine years and worked as a technical writer (New
Software Group, Spitbrook, NH) for two years.
7/18: New member and former HR professional Al Whitworth
of Southern CA offered
to share several slide shows of HR events from his DEC days. This first
one is from
Salem NH, 1979-1982, called The Digital Salem Systems Experience.
Here's a link.
Williams, Chris (Hager)
2/13: I’m retired, was HR - primarily
Technical Recruiter for years – started at DEC, later Motorola, Intel,
Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, couple of startups. Loved working at
DEC for Arthur Franson, Roger Shaller, Harlan Chizen, other fantastic
people like Plant Manager Peter Koch, in the Mill - in the days when Ken
roamed ML-5 early in the morning. Now I live on my fake farm (70 acres
and view, no horses here now), Downeast Maine, selling antique books on
ebay (1800’s-early 1900’s) for fun & $. It’s a good life, good kids,
good grandkids. Learned most everything I know about HR and recruiting
at DEC. Great place to work! Thanks to DEC people and training, working
life was good to me.
Winberg, Betty J.
Editor's Note: We are very sad to report that Betty Winberg passed away
Feb. 1, 2017.
12/11/11: In response to the last newsletter, you would like to have
NewsBytes about former "DECcies". As a DEC employee, I started out
in 1978 working in the main office in the Mill in Maynard for the
Manager of Corporate Sales Training, Dianne Durkin. The following
year our group was among the first to occupy the first DEC building in
Merrimack, NH. In fact we all had window offices in the wing
closest to the main entrance. Except for the final year or two as
a DEC employee, my entire time was in my original position. Sales
Training then was shrinking, and Dianne moved on to Telecom, and my
final year or two was working in Merrimack for Nancy James, manager of
the National Research Center. After attending the pre-retirement
seminars, I eventually retired in March of 1989. My years at DEC
were some of the most rewarding and satisfying of my career.
Upon retirement, I turned to a couple of successful community non-profit
organizations - two of the most successful and rewarding experiences
I've ever been connected with. I was initially a co-founder of
Harbor Homes, a non-profit social service agency that started in 1980
following de-institutionalization of the state hospital mentally
impaired, and grew to be over a $9M non-profit business that's grown to
accommodate over seven affiliates.
note: Betty is now being honored for her work - click here to see 15
October 2011 Nashua Telegraph article
Harbor Homes to honor mental health advocate.]
When my Board term expired with Harbor Homes, I became co-founder of
RISE - a
program by and for folks over 55, located at Rivier College,
which has grown from an initial membership to over 500. Our motto
is "Learning and Curiosity never retires." Our class subjects are
based on students' wishes, and vary from the very serious science and
computer instruction to lighter fare. For example, as a "student"
I created and taught a photography course three times - 'til I got
bored. I also created a course I called "Who's Driving Your Bus" -
a self-explanatory course on choices and various roads we can all
explore/try out now that the usual directions to our lives are entirely
up to each of us.
Class subjects are the standard provided older folks, but can be as
varied as travel, writing, science of many sorts. There are just
not enough hours in the day for us to explore our potential. It
truly was an idea whose time had come.
Aging is exciting, with lots of new doors to open. Personally,
I've never stopped growing and continue enjoying all that the aging
process opens up for me.
are run by our members at a local Catholic liberal arts college here in
Nashua NH - Rivier College.
Betty J. Winberg - 603-882-6957 - Nashua NH
Woolsey, Mel and Nancy
8/11: Mel and Nancy Woolsey in Tennesee have started a non-profit
software cooperative, More Than Data, Inc., that services affiliates of
Habitat for Humanity. It is a wonderful way to combine technology
professionalism with philanthropy. Check out their website at
www.morethandata.org and email Mel: