In Memoriam-Buck Rodgers


Francis G. “Buck” Rodgers died July 1, 2014. The son of Harry and Hazel Rodgers, Buck was born August 18, 1926 in Alliance, Ohio. Buck was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Helen Rodgers and daughter-in-law, Linda Rodgers. He is survived by children Christy Ann Rodgers, Scott Rodgers, and Kathy Heckert and her husband […]

In Memoriam-Sue McQuirter (Wife of Jim McQuirter)


Sue Ardath “Sue” Hutchins McQuirter was born to the late Hattie J. and Frank Hutchins, Jr. on November 23, 1944 in Jackson, Mississippi. She was the younger of two daughters born to this union. Sue went Home to be with the Lord on June 9, 2014. Sue attended Saint Monica Catholic School in Gary, Indiana, […]

Ken Anderson Receives Outstanding Older American Award


GRAPVEVINE — For more than a decade, 74-year-old Ken Anderson has volunteered at the Grapevine Senior Activities Center, offering his skills and expertise gained over 33 years at IBM. His service was recognized recently by the Area Agency on Aging of Tarrant County, which honored him with the Outstanding Older American Award 2014. Each year, the […]

Happy 103rd Birthday Big Blue

On June 15, 1911, IBM was born as three businesses concerned with providing machines to business merged to form the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company (C-T-R).  Thomas J. Watson, Sr. joined C-T-R as general manager in 1914. Focused on customer service, Watson began to construct the business and narrowed the field of production down to large-scale and custom-built tabulating solutions. On […]

Pumping Away Polluted IBM Legacy in Endicott


ENDICOTT — For 35 years, pumps have been operating around the clock attempting to undo the damage from spilled chemicals that tainted air, soil and water in 300-acres around IBM’s birthplace and more than 475 residential properties. The pumps pull pollution from the ground through structures called recovery wells. Over time, these wells have grown […]

Personal Memories of the IBM S/360

Thank you to Omar Harvey and Charlie Fernandez for their personal memories from early System/360 days! First, from Omar Harvey:  I was manager in Dallas when the Model 360 was announced. That was after the government made us sell [and rent] our equipment. The announcement was a shocker in that our customers, in many cases (Republic National Bank, for […]

IBM Mainframes Mark 50th Anniversary


POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — On the eve of a milestone, one of the world’s premier high-tech machines is simultaneously new and old. It’s 50 years old, if you track back to its ancestors. It’s shiny-new and state-of-the-art if you’re talking about ones that come out of the plant today. That plant is IBM Corp.’s Poughkeepsie complex, […]

IBM Hopes New Chip Can Turn Tables on Intel


IDG News Service – An IBM project to widen the use of its Power server chips inched forward Wednesday with Big Blue trying to challenge Intel for a bigger role in the hyperscale data centers run by the likes of Google and Facebook.    IBM’s Tom Rosamilia (left) and Doug Balog unveil IBM’s Power8 servers […]

5 Reasons to Love ‘Mad Men’s’ New Star: The IBM 360


The commotion kicked up by the new super computer at “Mad Men” advertising agency SC&P is nothing compared to the havoc it wreaked at IBM after it was announced on April 7, 1964 — 50 years before its AMC debut. The IBM System 360 led the computer revolution. “Mad Men” designers spent two days at […]

In Memoriam – Jones, Rogers, Dedeluk, Norman

Jerry Jones, 71, died Saturday, April 27 in Nacogdoches, Texas. Jerry began his career with IBM in 1968 in Virginia. He moved to IBM Shreveport, and from there moved to the IBM Advanced Education Center in Dallas. He continued his career in IBM Education organizations in the Dallas area until his retirement in 2010. His memorial […]