John Hill donates BYTE Magazine Collection to Compuseum

John Hill donates BYTE Magazine Collection to Compuseum

John Hill has a degree in Business from Villanova. John started as a computer tech in the Air Force in 1965 at SAC headquarters working on the FSQ-7. Later he worked for IBM on keypunch and sorters and then was trained on the 360/65 system. In 1977 he became an instructor with Sorbus teaching peripherals and the IBM 360/65. He was the lead instructor at Sorbus for the Kaypro to service their desktops as well as the  North Star S100 and other systems. He later moved to National Tech Support for microcomputers and networks, including 3COM and Novell. He is currently retired and living in North Carolina.

We are grateful to John Hill for his donation of the BYTE Magazine collection to Compusuem.

Everett Katzen Donates “Macintosh TV” to Compuseum

Everett Katzen Donates “Macintosh TV” to Compuseum

The latest addition to the Compuseum collection is a generous donation from Everett Katzen, President of Springboard Media, an Apple Premier Partner. Everett has longstanding experience with a broad line of Apple products and his stores are visited by those interested in the Apple product line. They have TWO locations; one in mid-town Philly and the other in Exton, PA.

Everett has donated an Apple Macintosh TV! Now I bet you didn’t know there was such a device created way back in the stone age of 1993. This was Apples first attempt at computer and TV integration, and it bombed with only 10,000 units produced and we now have one of them! This is a great treasure for us and Compuseum is grateful to Everett for his generous donation.
For more details read here:

Pat Trongo donates Commodore SX-64

Pat Trongo donates Commodore SX- 64 Luggable computer to Compuseum- July 2017

Pat Trongo, talented database administrator, generously donated his Commodore SX-64 “Executive Computer” to the Compuseum. We are grateful for his donation. This computer, first released in 1984, comes complete with small, built-in CRT screen and pop-out keyboard panel. The SX-64 features a built-in five-inch composite monitor and a built-in 1541 floppy drive. It weighs 23lbs and the machine is carried by its sturdy handle, which doubles as an adjustable stand. It was announced in January 1983 and released a year later, at $995 (approximately 2,400 USD today).

ENIAC Award Given To John Blankenbaker

ENIAC Award Given To John Blankenbaker
Kenbak-1 1971
World’s First Personal Computer



John Blankenbaker
For Pioneering the First Personal Computer: The Kenbak-1

The Kenbak-1 is considered by the Computer History Museum and the American Computer Museum to be the world’s first “personal computer”. Only 40 machines were ever built and sold. It was designed and invented by John Blankenbaker of Kenbak Corporation in 1970, and was first sold in early 1971. The system first sold for $750. Only 10 machines are now known to exist worldwide, with various collectors. In 1973, production of the Kenbak-1 stopped as Kenbak Corporation folded.

More info on the Kenbak-1 here on Wikipdia.

Two Female Programmers Win Presidential Medals of Freedom

Two Female Programmers Win Presidential Medals of Freedom – Compuseum celebrates their leadership!

President Obama gave the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, to 21 artists, sports figures, scientists and philanthropists on Tuesday,  in a bravura performance that had the East Wing, stuffed to capacity, laughing and whooping with appreciation.  Two of the Recipients were female computer industry leaders; our own Grace Hopper and Margaret Hamilton.

Complete listing here:

commodore_grace_m-_hopper_usn_coveredGrace Hopper (posthumous award) – Our Philly Gal

In 1949, Grace Hopper became an employee of the Eckert Mauchly Computer Corporation of Philadelphia as a senior mathematician and joined the team developing the UNIVAC I. In the early 1950s, the company was taken over by the Remington Rand corporation, and it was while she was working for them that her original compiler work was done. The compiler was known as the A compiler and its first version was A-0. In 1952 she had an operational compiler. “Nobody believed that,” she said. “I had a running compiler and nobody would touch it. They told me computers could only do arithmetic.” In 1954 Hopper was named the company’s first director of automatic programming, and her department released some of the first compiler-based programming languages, including MATH-MATIC and FLOW-MATIC. COBOL.

Rear Admiral Grace Hopper, known as “Amazing Grace” and the “first lady of software,” was at the forefront of computers and programming development from the 1940s through the 1980s. Hopper’s work helped make coding languages more practical and accessible, and she created the first compiler, which translates source code from one language into another. She taught mathematics as an associate professor at Vassar College before joining the United States Naval Reserve as a lieutenant (junior grade) during World War II, where she became one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer and began her lifelong leadership role in the field of computer science.

For details see here:

margaret_hamilton_1995Margaret H. Hamilton

Margaret H. Hamilton led the team that created the on-board flight software for NASA’s Apollo command modules and lunar modules. A mathematician and computer scientist who started her own software company, Hamilton contributed to concepts of asynchronous software, priority scheduling and priority displays, and human-in-the-loop decision capability, which set the foundation for modern, ultra-reliable software design and engineering.

For details see here:


Alfred Poor Donates PC Magazine Set to Compuseum

alfred_poorThe latest addition to the Compuseum collection is a “nearly complete” collection of the printed issues of PC Magazine, dating back to the original Volume 1 in 1982. The collection was donated by Alfred Poor, who wrote for the magazine as a freelancer for more than 22 years. He was a Contributing Editor most of that time, and was the magazine’s first Lead Analyst for Business Displays.

“PC Magazine was the clear leader among personal computing magazines, and it was an exciting time to have a front row seat on the industry,” Alfred Poor recalls. “PC Magazine also paid very well at the time, but they wouldn’t give us comp subscriptions even if we were on the masthead, so I had to maintain my own paid subscription over all those years.”

This collection provides a valuable record of how the personal computer industry grew and developed. Many familiar (and not familiar) brands appeared and disappeared over the years, and this collection documents the many changes that occurred during the market’s first two decades.

The Compuseum is grateful to Alfred for his very generous donation which is sure to be a much sought-after resource on critical milestone computing history.


UNIVAC – Then and Now

Recorded 1960, this humorous promotional film for the Remington Rand UNIVAC computer features J. Presper Eckert and John Mauchly in leading roles. The film outlines the earlier history of computing leading to the development and application of the UNIVAC computer.

IBM 407 Accounting Machine

We are proud to announce two recent additions to the Compuseum, brought to us by our “Friend of Compuseum”, Mr. Paul Harkins, software and hardware expert.

paul_harkins_ibmSoftware expert, Paul Harkins, donates IBM 407 Board to Compuseum

Paul Harkins (retired IBM engineer) has donated an IBM 407 Accounting machine wired control panel to Compuseum. Compuseum is grateful to Paul Harkins for his generous donation. The IBM 407 Accounting Machine, introduced in 1949, was one of a long line of IBM tabulating machines dating back to the days of Herman Hollerith. It had a card reader and printer; a summary punch could be attached. Processing was directed by a control panel.   See this link for details:

comtometerSoftware expert, Paul Harkins, donates Comptometer to Compuseum.

The “Comptometer” was the first commercially successful key-driven mechanical calculator, patented in the USA by Dorr E. Felt in 1887.  See this link for details:

We are grateful to Paul for his generous donations and support of the growing Compuseum project.

PCMag’s Bill Machrone

Compuseum mourns the passing of former Editor-in-chief of PC Magazine Bill Machrone.  Michael Miller shares a memorial column about Bill, see an excerpt below.

Bill Machrone, who was Editor-in-Chief of PC Magazine from 1983-1991 and continued to write a column for the magazine until a few years ago, passed away this weekend.

Bill had been working in information systems in New Jersey in the early 1980s, when he started writing freelance articles for Sol Libes’s Microsystems magazine, which later sold to Ziff Davis. After Ziff Davis acquired PC Magazine, most of the staff left, the magazine moved to New York, and the editors who took it over were looking for new writers and editors. Bill came on as a freelancer and was quickly named technical editor in March 1983. By September, he became Editor-in-Chief, and was the first person to hold the job for an extended period of time since founder David Bunnell left.

See the entire article here.

Helicopter Museum

Compuseum Excursion

Jim attended a fantastic event recently at the American Helicopter Museum in honor of their 20th Anniversary. It’s an amazing museum filled with core, foundational helicopters, and the latest vertical-lift technology. And, it now includes an education theater and large spaces for entertainment. See AmericanHelicopter.Museum for details. A nice model for Compuseum to emulate. I encourage you to visit and join as a Member.

Joint Exhibit Discussed

Had preliminary talks about creating a little 5′ x 5′ exhibit on “Computing in Helicopters” utilizing some cross over talent from each organization.

Tour of American Helicopter Museum with Friend of Compuseum, Verne Weidman (Unisys)Tour of American Helicopter Museum with Friend of Compuseum, Verne Weidman (Unisys)