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Coverage of Apr 25, 2014 IEEE Milestone: Birth of the 1st PC OS=CP/M

Many of these article links are courtesy of April 25th IEEE Milestone Event Master of Ceremonies Brian Berg:

1.  Article from Univ. of WA Computer Science and Engineering (The alma mater of Gary Kildall and Tom Rolander.  That’s where they met)

2. The Monterey NPR station played this interview 4 times on Thursday, April 24th.  This IEEE Milestone event  may get wider coverage, including next Friday’s California Report which is played by all Calif. NPR stations (KQED FM, Fri. at 6:30pm).  The NPR reporter was at the event.
3.  The Monterey Herald: Computer pioneer honored in Pacific Grove
4.  This iProgrammer posting – IEEE Honors Gary Kildall With Plaque – includes a link to a 28-minute video that chronicles the life of Kildall, and does a pretty good job of putting his accomplishments into perspective.
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May 5th Update from Brian Berg:
This KQED website posting includes the audio story played on Friday on KQED-FM 88.5.  KQED did a very nice job of combining portions of the KAZU story aired on Monterey’s NPR station before the dedication with the dedication itself.  The text on the website is great as well, and includes a photo of the plaque (see below) in the sidewalk at 801 Lighthouse Ave. in Pacific Grove.
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Pre-event postings:
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Photo’s courtesy of Doug Fairbairn (you must provide your name and email address to view photos):
Included in the photo’s are:
  •  IEEE President-Elect Howard Michel
  •  Event MC: Brian Berg, IEEE SV History Co-Chair
  •  Computer History Museum Semiconductor Curator and CP/M Milestone Champion David Laws
  •  Microprocessor Co-Inventor Ted Hoff  IEEE SV History Volunteer
  •  SCV Section Chair Ed Aoki
  •  Monterey Bay Sub-Section Chair Weilian Su
  •  R6 Director-Elect Tom Coughlin &  IEEE SV History Co-Chair
  •  IEEE Senior Historian John Vardalas
  •  Milestone Coordinator Dick Ahrons
  •  e-GRID Editor Paul Wesling & IEEE SV History Volunteer
  •  R6 Central Area Student Activities Chair Mostafa Mortezaie
  •  A few other IEEE members
  •  Former Digital Research employees Tom Rolander, Gordon Eubanks and Brian Halla
  •  Gary Kildall’s son Scott Kildall and daughter Kristin Kildall
  •  Asilomar Microcomputer Workshop Program Chair John Wharton
  •  Mayor and Vice Mayor of Pacific Grove
  •  2 Commanders from the Naval Postgraduate School where Gary Kildall taught
  •  A large contingent of former Digital Research employees
NOTE:  We are investigating how to upload more photos to this website and will do so ASAP!  In the meantime, here are links to the Memorial Plaque and a few more pics courtesy of Doug Faribairn of the Computer History Museum:
EEE Milestone Plaque
IEEE Milestone Plaque:  CP/M Microcomputer Operating System, 1974:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/66417074/Camera%20Uploads/2014-02-07%2011.59.06.jpg
Group photo:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/66417074/Camera%20Uploads/2014-02-07%2011.59.06.jpg
Photo of Howard Michel, IEEE President-elect (2014) on right, and David  Laws, Proposer of this Milestone and Semiconductor Curator at the Computer History Museum on left:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/66417074/Camera%20Uploads/2014-04-28%2017.31.40.jpg
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June 6th update from CHM’s David Laws:
The video of the IEEE CP/M Milestone plaque dedication event is now posted on the Computer History Museum YouTube Channel under the title “The Legacy of Gary Kildall: The IEEE Milestone Plaque Dedication” at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HO6IPpL0y8g&list=UUHDr4RtxwA1KqKGwxgdK4Vg

The video is about 1 hr and 40 min total. It includes the presentations in Pacific Grove City Hall and the unveiling of the plaque outside 801 Lighthouse Avenue. The speakers and times of their first comments are:
Robert Huitt 1:00
Brian Berg 2:15
Howard Michel 12:16
David Laws 21:44
Tom Rolander 26:50
Gordon Eubanks 29:00
Brian Halla 56:35
John Wharton 1:07:00
Scott Kildall 1:27:45
Bill Kampe 1:35:30

If you lose the URL link go to YouTube and search for “gary kildall ieee”

Thanks to everyone who participated and to Casey Rowson for the video recording and editing.

Other links related to the event include:
The IEEE Milestone page:
http://www.ieeeghn.org/wiki/index.php/Milestones:The_CP/M_Microcomputer_Operating_System,_1974
Museum Kildall article:
http://www.computerhistory.org/atchm/gary-kildall-40th-anniversary-of-the-birth-of-the-pc-operating-system/
Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/KildallLegacy
NPR broadcast:
http://kazu.org/post/recognizing-legacy-pacific-grove-inventor-gary-kildall

David Laws

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