In this oral history Ben Persons, most recently Technical Assistant to the Lab Director at IBM Rochester, and Herb Pelnar, retired AS/400 System Administrator, talk about their careers at IBM, focusing in particular on the development of System/38. Persons shares his experiences repairing World Trade equipment, contributing to the design of an underground command and control system for the Pentagon, and his work on TSS at IBM’s Yorktown research facility. Pelnar discusses his employment as a SAGE display system technician and in coordinating the RETAIN maintenance system. Pelnar also speaks about about his work coding System/32, and on the role and environment of the programmer within IBM before 1980.
Ben Persons and Herb Pelnar, OH 327. Oral history interview by Philip L. Frana, 17 July 2001, Rochester, Minnesota. Charles Babbage Institute, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. http://purl.umn.edu/107595
Transcript, 36 pp. Audio file available at http://purl.umn.edu/96225
Persons, Ben; Pelnar, Herb.
Oral history interview with Ben Persons and Herb Pelnar.
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