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Computer History Museum Presents
The Mouse That Roared: PDP-1 Celebration Event
 


Harlan Anderson, Gordon Bell, Alan Kotok, Steve Russell, Peter Samson, and Ed Fredkin, Moderator


DATE & TIME
Monday, May 15, 2006

Member Reception - 5:30 PM - 7 PM
Lecture - 7 PM - 9:00 PM

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LOCATION
Mountain View, CA 94043
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REGISTRATION
Pre-registration is now closed. Limited seats are available for those who register at the door.

Free. Suggested donation of $10.00 at the door from non-members.


Call (650) 810-1898 for information.


ABSTRACT OF TALK
Introduced in 1959, the DEC PDP-1 computer is truly the mouse that roared, a powerful, easy-to-operate computer with a host of new abilities that allowed its users to interact with a computer all to themselves. This was a novelty in the early 1960s when mainframe-based batch processing was the norm and the idea of a computer dedicated to a single-user was heretical, akin to having a personal aircraft carrier.

Our panel comprises key figures in the development and use of the PDP-1. Moderated by computer science legend Dr. Ed Fredkin, panelists will explore the creation and impact of this unique machine and how most of its features, functionality and DECís philosophy of interactive computing were eventually adopted by other companies years later.

Also, please join us for a unique bonus event: One of the Museumís PDP-1 computers has just been painstakingly restored and will be demonstrated during the evening. A special commemorative gift--created by the PDP-1--will also be given to all attendees!

BACKGROUND
The Computer History Museum Presents Speaker Series is an exclusive platform for open, passionate discussions for presenting the computing revolution and its impact on the human experience. These landmark presentations and panel discussions present inside stories and personal insights of top information age leaders from industry, government and academia, and assist the Museum in bringing computing history to life.

MEMBERSHIP
The Computer History Museum offers a variety of membership levels. To find out more, please visit our individual membership or call 650-810-2722.

 

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