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Document Details


Title: Ben Persons and Herb Pelnar
Local code: OH 327
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Charles Babbage Institute
Collection: Charles Babbage Institute Oral History Program
Description: In this oral history Ben Persons, most recently Technical Assistant to the Lab Director at IBM Rochester, and Herb Pelnar, retired AS/400 System Administrator, talk about their careers at IBM, focusing in particular on the development of System/38. Persons shares his experiences repairing World Trade equipment, contributing to the design of an underground command and control system for the Pentagon, and his work on TSS at IBM’s Yorktown research facility. Pelnar discusses his employment as a SAGE display system technician and in coordinating the RETAIN maintenance system. Pelnar also speaks about his work coding System/32, and on the role and environment of the programmer within IBM before 1980.
Extent: 36 pages
URL: http://www.cbi.umn.edu/oh/pdf.phtml?id=283
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 2001 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Pelnar, Herb
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker occupation: Electrical engineer
Document location: Rochester, MN
Document date: 17-Jul-2001
Interviewer: Frana, Philip L.
Locations discussed: North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Computer software; Electric engineering; Engineering; Information technology; North America; Oral history; Software engineering; United States
Topics discussed - Other terms: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0024026-25572