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Systemus Nostalgicus Control Data
(Historic photos from Jean-Guy ... Click on Photos - Arrow Back)

Dérouleur 607 or Tape Drive
Judy Moss and Guy Moore have forwarded an email from Jean-Guy Pharand.  CDC Webmaster policy has been no links but an exception has been made for this unusual website.

Jean-Guy writes, "I was an employee of Control Data Canada from 1971 to 1978.  In 2003 still working on Control data equipments but then, at end of the year, we put them aside (garbage container going to China).  I made this site for anybody interested in Control Data"

Montreal Veterans Control Data site:
(Block translation and practice your French!)

"Drill Deep" on the various links ... rich with historic information and images.

Jean-Guy Pharand
Board Member,  Control Data France Alumni Club

Nice Links page
... a lot to explore!
Above is our workhorse of our peripherals, the 607 Tape Drive.  Control Data Corporation had the world's best set of peripherals including a vacuum column tape drive, high speed printer and a high speed card reader which used an aircraft landing light for sensing the holes in punched card.

The iconic orange trim was popular with customers.  One army customer gave relief on using contract required expensive Unisys paint (competitive ploy)  in exchange for 3 orange chairs.

To the Left, your webmaster sets the Guiness Book of World Records in 1979 for the "World's Fastest and Most Powerful Computer" courtesy of the Star Tribune.  Boyd Jones and William C. Norris hosted the event which was coordinated by the 12th floor publicist, the late Duane Andrews.

Cray took it back!

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Think history is boring?  Two new books that prove otherwise.       
Generation of Wealth      
HR Pioneers    
Two books ... Two views ... Control Data Corporation.  You lived this history!
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Thomas J. Watson, Jr. asked, "How is it that this tiny company of 34 people — including the janitor — can be beating us when we have thousands of people?"
These links may help to answer this question.

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