MY 20'S AND MY 30'S
Upon release from active duty, I entered Palmer College under the Korean GI Bill and held odd jobs here and there until obtaining the Diploma in “Standard Accounting.” I then began civil service at the Charleston Naval Ship Yard and then was reassigned me to the “Data Processing Division” of the base. There I was to undertake learning how to become an IBM Card Punch Operator.
This led to a career working in computers and familiarity with early IBM Punch Machines.
My 20's And My 30's
I wanted to get situated in Civil Service. In that connection, I was advised to accept anything I could get and to use that first position to work my way upward. I had applied for a position as “Clerk Typist” at the Charleston Naval Ship Yard and got a call to..Read More
I had a very patient supervisor on the floor. She first taught me how to use the IBM 082 Sorter and for the first two or three weeks, all I did was sort IBM cards in sequence for the next step in the procedure. The next machine I was introduced..Read More
I was always interested in electronics and applied for a Novice Amateur Radio License and received it (KN4CVQ). Working closely with other amateurs, I built my own little radio station. I was soon drawing from the previous training I had at Keesler in 1950. Not only could I draw the..Read More
When I checked in at Pope, the orders granting my promotion were already there. There was also a message attached. It simply read, “Good Luck!” and was signed by the officer that had caused me so much anxiety. I was assigned new IBM training duties at Pope. They had a..Read More
I had a building and the knowledge to open a small school in Fayetteville to teach IBM Machines. When IBM was broken up by the Anti-Trust Act, I opened one of the first (IBM) data processing schools in the country (1960) in Fayetteville, N.C. I liked training people so much,..Read More
My new duties at Pope Air Force base were to develop a training program consisting of “On the Job Training.” One major problem was I had never passed the Data Processing Examination for the Air Force! I was self-trained and given responsibility without being examined by their official tests. The..Read More
While at Pope AFB, I was sent to Langley AFB in Virginia to take a class on the IBM 1401, solid-state computer. I had some difficulty with it in the beginning because everything was accomplished internally, including the programming aspects. IBM Control Panels, allow the opportunity to visually inspect every device..Read More
was approached by Captain Carswell, the Maintenance Analysis Officer for Pope AFB. He revealed there were deficiencies in the statistical analysis techniques available to him from our Data Processing Division and asked if it would be possible for me to correct them under his guidance. I sought permission to assist..Read More
A group of Air Force officers from Pope AFB enrolled in my little school in Fayetteville. They were so pleased with my instruction that they asked me to consider getting out of the Air Force to take over a “real” commercial training operation. They had already seen my operation in..Read More
Schools and colleges began to offer Data Processing courses all over the country. Obtaining contracts became more difficult, because of that unanticipated development. Later, when the solid state, IBM 1401 Computer became more popular, courses in computer programming were offered. We eventually added “Systems Analysis and Design” to our offerings...Read More
I was working with or for Data Systems Center, Inc. from May of 1961 to May of 1963. When I agreed to join the staff of Palmer and also work for Data Processing, Inc. I decided to let my old company go “defunct.” Article from the Post & Courier circa..Read More
My reserve officer indicated I would be in great demand; if in fact, I could “program” all the machines I claimed I could. All they would have to do is “activate” me. Orders – Reassigning me to Shaw Air Force Base, Sumter. SC as a Machine Accountant After a..Read More