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Friday, August 9, 2013

Vintage Computers- PDP8s & PDP8 Minicomputers have a new home with Bob Rosenbloom

LR Bob & Dave
Bob Rosenbloom came in early this morning by plane from Santa Cruz, California and arrived  at the "Bugbook Historical Microcomputer Museum" warehouse ready to load up by 10:30 AM. Our loading crew arrived about 10 minutes later. Bob's rented truck was loaded with the PDP8S, PDP8 minicomputer and the Systron Donner Analog Computer in about 1 hour - the loading really went smoothly as the Analog computer weighs in at 800 pounds - we used a forklift to get this on the truck. Bob also loaded an ASR33 Teletype for the PDP computers.   The PDP8S was rather small and light weight - it went into the  passenger seat of the truck for a cushy ride to California.
Bob was treated to a Virginia Lunch at our house by my wife Gaynell. Bob and I then did a 2 hour tour of our area that included the "Bugbook Historical Microcomputer Museum" and our "Chantilly Festival Farm" . It was about 3:30 PM however for Bob's California time it was only 12:30 and he took to the road to get a good start on his 2700 mile journey to Sana Cruz, CA.

Update - My wife and I visited Bob Rosenbloom and Lyle Beckley - in October 2013 after they had purchased computers from  our collection - great visit we  also visited the Computer History Museum while in CA.

   Bob arrived today and here is a few words about the journey in his own words, 8-9-13

                          Video of Bob's visit in his words



 The Systron Donner Analog computer weighs 800 pounds - a forklift was need to get this on the truck.











 Easy fellows, this is important cargo.








 On the truck - easy with the right equipment.









Analog Computer strapped down for the 2700 mile journey.  Loading crew Nate, Bob and Jason.



Dave - curator of the "Bugbook Historical Microcomputer Museum" inspecting the passenger, the PDP8S.



More to be added to this blog - I need some sleep now.


 Here is a look at some of Bob's Vintage Computers.


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WOW it was great to load these computers for a new home and  Bob is sure excited to have them for his collection. Bob really likes the vintage minicomputers and other large antique computer memorabilia.  I like all this also however I am working more with the historical Microcomputers. All of our staff are delighted to see these computers go to a new home where they will be treated very special.
"By David Larsen" KK4WW Computer Collector Historian.

2 comments:

  1. David: Thanks for the photos, blog and voice of Bob and you discussing the loading and transfer of the PDP-8, PDP-8/S and SD Analog Computer to Bob's truck. I helped Bob unload the truck at his home here in California early this morning. It only took us about an hour to unload everything - and all is safely in place in his collection. Bob's wife took pictures as we unloaded, and I'm sure Bob will get you copies of same!

    Cheers, Lyle
    AF6WS

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    1. Hi Lyle - Thank you for the post and helping Bob unload his computers - I sure did enjoy my visit with him and hope to see him and family out this way again. I see you are a ham. Maybe we can have a schedule sometime. Do you operate HF SSB? I have a blog here on this blog group about my 6 decades of ham radio - may be interesting for you. You can find it under my Blog listings. Also tweet ham stuff at twitter.com/n4usa. Great to hear from you. Dave Laren

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