Saturday, May 30, 2009

"Giant Electronic Brain" Returns!!!

Thanks to Jeff and Lisa Baskin, A Giant Electronic Brain may be joining the Marketplace at East Falls. Back when the Baskins purchased 3747 Ridge Avenue to develop the market, a friend directed them to an old photograph of their building housing the Eckert-Mauchly Computer Corporation. UNIVAC computers were built here by John Mauchly and Presper Eckert, inventors of the famous ENIAC. During renovations the Baskins thoughtfully combined the property's historic activities with the market's community enhancing goals.
Jeff starts a conversation with customers mugging in front of the photomurals who turn out to be John Mauchly's grandchildren, Liz and Jim Reed. When Jeff expresses interest in a computer
museum, Jim relates his Uncle Bill's dream - to build a full size ENIAC. Bill Mauchly is John Mauchly's son, and has wanted to make it possible for people to experience the imposing scale of the first Giant Electronic Brain, ENIAC...