Monday, March 22, 2010

Visit from Jean Bartik, ENIAC Programmer

Jean Bartik and her friend Jeanne Collins dropped by the market Saturday. She tells an interesting story about Betty Holberton designing the UNIVAC console layout with a "secret" power button off to the side so it would not be flipped accidentally. The next person who came in said "Hey what's this?" and flipped it!

Jean mentioned Doug Wendell always pretending to fall when he went down the basement stairs.I will have to ask him about this...

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