Artifact Details

Title

Altenbern, Douglas oral history

Catalog Number

102630656

Type

Text

Date

2010-04-20

Contributor

Altenbern, Doug, Interviewee
Grad, Burt, Interviewer
Miller, Stu, Editor

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Mountain View, California

Extent

68 p.

Description

Doug Altenbern was a pioneer in the computer service bureau industry. After he was worked in marketing and then in sales departments with Plough Incorporated, Doug moved into data processing when IBM presented the opportunity to attend their programming school as a result of his taking IBM’s Programmer Aptitude Test. It didn’t take Doug long to figure out that this is where his life’s work would be most enjoyable and rewarding. He had taken typing in high school and his keyboarding skills served him well in both the Air Force and later as a coder. Through a series of fortunate moves, ultimately Doug became a top manager of a computer service bureau and owned his own successful service bureau, Endata, in Nashville, Tennessee. Doug continues to be involved as an advisor in the computer field as well as a board member of many public and private enterprises. He and his wife, Dee, travel extensively, and he’s the proud father of three, two of whom are physicians, and a grandson, Doug III, known as “The Computer Guy” in Nashville.

Category

Transcription

Subject

Altenbern, Doug; Association of Data Processing Service Organizations (ADAPSO); Datafile; Datafilm; Endata; Frontenac Ventures; Grace & Co.; microfiche; microfilm; NLT Computer Services; Payroll Services; Plough Pharmaceutical; Service Bureaus; Southern Computing; Vertical specialization

Collection Title

Oral Histories Online

Credit

Software Industry Special Interest Group

Lot Number

X5802.2010