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Brian Roys PDP-8 Memories

When I was a kid I ran into a PDP-8. It was 1974 and I was 15. I hopped on a Greyhound bus from Seattle to Spokane where I visited the World's Fair. It was awesome. In a dark corner of the USA pavilion was an exhibit by (I think) Western Washington University where they had a LP powered car and a PDP-8 running a resource-allocation text game. I think it may have been "KING" listed elsewhere on your site. I played it for a couple of hours.

Later in the summer, my buddy Jed and I again took the bus to Spokane and visited the Fair. This time the two of us played for hours and hours: the green text scrolling up the screen, the reel-to-reel drive haltingly hunting for the next question or outcome of our choices.

Fast forward to 1978 and I get hired on as a Programmer Trainee at MBSI where among the Z-80 micro computers was a DEC PDP-11/23 which I quickly fell in love with and mastered, I was a TECO guru, I'd "sysgen" the RT-11. And now, today I'm a Senior Software Engineer getting close to retirement.

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Feel free to contact me, David Gesswein djg@pdp8online.com with any questions, comments on the web site, or if you have related equipment, documentation, software etc. you are willing to part with.  I am interested in anything PDP-8 related, computers, peripherals used with them, DEC or third party, or documentation. 

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