Ted Johnson begins his oral history by talking about his early life in Iron Mountain, Michigan. He explains the importance of his Swedish background, his enjoyment of music and his interest in going to MIT for architecture and engineering. Thanks to a scholarship, that ambition became possible. Unfortunately, due to an illness, Johnson was able to attend MIT for only five months before moving to a sanatorium for two years to recover his health. His scholarship still intact, Johnson then decided to continue his schooling at Caltech. Johnson then explains his next step: attending Harvard Business School. He discusses his time at Harvard, where he was also able to work at Lincoln Labs, and how he first became interested in Digital Equipment Corporation. After his graduation from Harvard, Johnson began working for DEC. Throughout the interview, he tells anecdotes and stories from his time at DEC. He talks about DEC’s business strategies, their products and the important people who shaped the company. He also discusses DEC’s goals and how they changed over the time he was with them.
Johnson, Theodore G.; Johnson, Ted; Digital Equipment Corporation; Olsen, Ken; Bell, Gordon; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); California Institute of Technology (Caltech); Lincoln Laboratory; Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE); Radio Corporation of America (RCA); CERN; Control Data Corporation (CDC); PDP-6 (Computer); PDP-8 (Computer); PDP-10 (Computer); PDP-11 (Computer)