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The Bulletin Board is a place for members to post notices about events, and general items of interest to alumni. To have a posting added to the Bulletin Board please send your information to:

  • The Digital Alumni is sponsoring a Market Update and Retirement Planning workshop

    Managing Risk in 2013 & Beyond

    • Will my assets last throughout retirement?
    • How do I navigate rising interest rates with my bond investments?
    • How do I navigate an equity market that is up over 100%?

    Financial Planning in 2013 & Beyond

    • How do I plan for a retirement I won’t outspend?
    • Are there ways to formalize my financial goals & bring order to my financial life?
    • How do I assess returns versus risk over the coming years?
    • Where can I learn about Medicare and Social Security?
    • What estate planning strategies will work for me?

    The DEC Alumni invites you to attend this free workshop – registration is required

    To Register call (877-227-0847) or online at

    Choose from a date below:

    • Tuesday, September 17th, 2013, 6:00pm – 7:30pm

      Embassy Suites-Marlborough
      123 Boston Post Road West
      Marlborough, MA 01752

    • Tuesday, September 24th, 2013, 6:00pm – 7:30pm

      Radisson Hotel Nashua
      11 Tara Boulevard
      Nashua, NH 03062

    • Thursday, September 26th, 2013, 6:00pm – 7:30pm

      Westford Regency Inn
      219 Littleton Road
      Westford, MA 01886

    • Thursday, October 3rd, 2013, 6:00pm – 7:30pm

      Boston Hill Advisors Office
      100 Andover Bypass, Suite 201
      North Andover, MA 01845

    PDF information sheet


    Any former DEC employee who worked at the 333 South Street office in Shrewsbury in the Slider Dept, Bldg 2 is asked to contact Allen Bercume as soon as possible. There is a pending health issue that people need to be informed about. Allen's telephone number is 865-385-3645 and his email is

  • Entrepreneurial Training Program

    This program helps you think through your business, create a solid business plan and learn the skills and knowledge to confidently and successfully implement that plan. This 20 week daytime program consists of ten weeks of classroom training, guest speakers/subject matter experts, and consulting, one week of business plan presentations, plus nine weeks of independent work and one-on-one consulting. Instructor: experienced instructor and business consultant, Paul Jermain, of Jermain and Company. The next session is scheduled to begin April 16, 2013. This program is MA Section 30/ITA approved; some dislocated workers and others may qualify for tuition assistance. Information Sessions: Tuesday, March 12th, 1-2 pm and Wednesday, April 3, 1-2pm. For more information please contact Dianne Lahaye at 978-659-1222 or or Diane Zold-Gross at 978-659-1221 or .

  • The School of Electronics Technology at ITT Tech. Institute (Wilmington, MA) is looking for Adjunct Professors for Bachelors and Associates Programs for this coming Quarter starting in June 18th. There are AM and PM classes available in many areas of electronics.

    Applicants should have a B.Sc. and or M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering.

    Those interested please contact:

    Dr. Amnon Aliphas
    Chair of the School of Electronics
    ITT Technical Institute
    Ph: (617) 212-6834

  • The Entrepreneurs Walk of Fame at MIT is accepting nominations for its 2nd group of inductees. Incredibly Ken Olsen was not among the first inductees. We are encouraging the DEC alumni to complete the form and help get Ken's name on the Walk of Fame. Thanks for your consideration.

    The nomination form is access via the URL:

  • Italy off the beaten path...

    How does a 2 week tour starting in Venice and exploring the best of Tuscany and Florence with great wine, great food and great folks sound? Several DEC Alums are looking for others to join us on a tour with Ellie Buford, tour guide extraordinaire, for an event-filled but relaxing vacation next spring (May 26 through June 8, 2013)

    Estimated cost of $4980 per person based on double occupancy of 14 people; includes airline tickets, bus transportation, all hotels, meals and wine tastings along with a boat trip and special guides and events (does not include tips for the hotel maid, servers or wait staff or personal purchases)

    General plan of events? (detailed itinerary to be determined shortly)

    • Fly from Boston to Munich and then on to Venice
    • Boat ride from Venice Airport to Venice & down the Grand Canal to the Hotel –a magnificent and such an exciting way to arrive in Venice!!!
    • A couple of days in Venice exploring city, sites, art and etc.
    • Then off to Tuscany and the gorgeous town of Cortona where we will stay for several days as a base for day trips to: Chianti Country, Siena, Pienza, Montepulciano famous for its red wines etc.
    • Deruta – home to famous hand painted pottery and good shopping
    • Assisi – home of St. Francis along with sites off the normal tourist's track
    • Florence – where we’ll have a guide to get us past all the tourist crowds to see the highlights of this renowned Renaissance city
    • Then north to Veneto to the lovely Prosecco – wine country at its best
    • We'll visit the beautiful hill town of Asolo made famous by the British writer Robert Browning
    • A stop for coffee and drinks at the famous Cipriani with its magnificent views
    • A couple day-stay in a real CASTEL that will blow your socks off
    • Then return to Venice and journey home with great memories and stories to share

    A fun gathering with a taste of wine and cheese for those interested will be held in Boylston MA Saturday evening August 11, 2012. Contact Karen Keefe 978-368-3338 for more information.

  • Bob Rebello's Worldwide Marathons

    Although I met my commitment to finish the Copenhagen marathon on May 20th I was very disappointed in my finish time of 5:51. It was a miserable day to run 26.2 miles as the weather was in the 80’s and I was still suffering from jet lag. At mile 13 my time was 2:22 which meant if I kept that pace for the rest of the marathon I would finish in a time of 4:44 – close to my planned finish time of 4:41. After mile 13 my body started feeling the effects of the heat and my pace started to really slow down. At mile 16 I still had a positive attitude and kept telling myself that I can still make my goal of 4:41 but my legs and my aching body were telling me that it “just isn’t going to happen”. At mile 18 my pace had really slowed down and now I was fighting just to finish the marathon – looking back I was very fortunate to finish the marathon. When I finally crossed the finish line just about every bone in my body ached and I had a number of cramps due to the excessive heat.

    Bob Rebello

    Read more at bob's website.


    May 5-6, 2012
    Wall, New Jersey

    This is a week-end celebration of computer history. It began in 1997 in Silicon Valley and expanded to Chicago and even Europe. The eastern edition used to be in Boston but later moved to New Jersey to take in the New York and Washington audiences.

    Mornings at the VCF are devoted to historical lectures and hands-on workshops. Afternoons are for the exhibit hall. The exhibits are live and running.

    This year's exhibitor list is up to 21 so far. Some will be especially interesting to DEC alumni - one person is showing a fully restored Straight-8, anotheris bringing a PDP-11/70 and another has a live restoration of a PDP-15.

    On the lecture side, this year's speakers are Dr. Thomas Kurtz, inventor of BASIC and Daniel Kottke of early Apple fame.

    Tickets are sold at the door - $10/da and kids get in free

    Proceeds benefit the museum, which is a non-profit. The event usually draws a couple of hundred people for the week-end.

    Full details are posted at or

    Or contact Evan Koblentz at or by telephone at 646-546-9999

  • Announcing a Member-Helping-Member Concall

    We are delighted to announce that Rita Foley will conduct a member-helping member concall based on her book and workshops "Reboot Your Life: Energize Your Career & Life by Taking a Break".

    Reboot Your Life seminar

    Rita Foley, DEC 1982-1999, professional board director and former President of MeadWestvaco Consumer Packaging, and a co-author of Reboot Your Life. Energize your Career and Life by Taking a Break, will help us take a step back to better know what is important to us and to identify what we need to live more rewarding and successful lives. You'll hear why so many people are taking a break -- a sabbatical -- from work to find their passion. Great for pre-retirement planning too.

    This concall will be held on Wednesday evening, April 4, from 6 - 7 PM EDT.

    This conference is free to our paid-up members (others who wish to attend are welcome to join ahead of the concall at Dial in to expand your horizons and get new ideas!

    To REGISTER: Send email to You will receive an acknowledgment email with instructions for the concall. If you are not a paid-up member please join before you register.

    Rita is our current Featured Entrepreneur and you can read a bit more about her expertise on our website at this link.

  • 2012 is my 14th and last year of running marathons around the world to raise $100k for kidney cancer research. One of my goals that I set in 1999 was to bring kidney cancer awareness to all 50 US States by receiving donations from all of the states. As of this date I have received donations from 32 US States. One of the states that I do not have a donation from is Vermont where I spent time when I worked for DEC. I have attached the US Map that I made up with the states [RED] that I need donations from.

    I would appreciate it if you would pass the US Map to the DEC Alumni.

    Thanks for all of your help,

    Bob Rebello

  • Marlborough Sale Shakes MetroWest Market

    By Brandon Butler, Worcester Business Journal Staff Writer

    The sale of The Campus at Marlborough — a complex of three fully-leased, high-quality office buildings totaling 530,000 square feet — for $103 million to a Houston-based investment real estate firm marks the latest major development in the erratic MetroWest commercial real estate market.

    Hines Global REIT purchased the three buildings and empty land that could house up to 650,000 square feet of new development from Bel Marlborough I and Bel Marlborough II LLC, groups associated with Boston real estate investment firm Eaton Vance.

    The sale of The Campus adds to the complexity of the market in Marlborough. Adjacent to The Campus is the former Hewlett Packard manufacturing plant and next to that is the Fidelity campus, both of which will be vacant by the end of next year, leaving more than 1.2 million square feet of empty space along I-495.

    "Marlborough seems to be talked a lot about nowadays," said Christopher Tosti, executive vice president and partner at CB Richard Ellis, which is marketing the HP site. "There is a lot going on there."

    Tosti and other officials in MetroWest are playing down the notion that The Campus sale will disrupt the market. Because the building is fully leased, the sale does not have any direct impact on other nearby properties.

    "They’re apples and oranges," Tosti said.

  • In Littleton, A Site Gets A Second Life

    HP to demolish former manufacturing plant…

    Demolition in sight for former HP plant vacated by relocation.

    Hewlett-Packard Co. said Friday it plans to demolish a massive, two-building former manufacturing plant on its Rockrimmon Boulevard campus in northwest Colorado Springs early next year after moving employees into a newer adjacent building.

    The Palo Alto-based technology giant did not divulge plans for the space after demolition. The 365-acre site next to Ute Valley Park will still house a 300,000-square-foot office building housing a research group, sales, marketing and other operations as well as a 250,000-square-foot corporate data center.

    "HP continually evaluates its facilities in order to better use space and provide employees with a more collaborative work environment. As part of that effort, we consolidated space at our Colorado Springs campus and moved employees into an adjacent building. We expect to begin demolition of two buildings by early 2012,” the company said in a statement released in response to questions about the two buildings.

    The two buildings total 778,000 square feet of space and were built for Digital Equipment Corp. in 1979 to manufacture high-capacity disk drives used in mainframe computers. Compaq Computer Corp. acquired Digital in 1998 and merged with HP four years later.

    Demolition of Building s 6 and 7

  • Dec Alum (79-92) Ted Sares’s newest and fourth book titled Shattered will be released by Tate Publishing to book stores throughout the country within the next several weeks. However, Ted says he will have an advance supply and plans to market the books initially to niche targets in the northeastern and mid-Atlantic states. This change in genre marks a sharp departure from Boxing for Sares, but true crime and urban noir are where his major interests now lie. However, Sares continues to write for the prestigious web site and remains one of the most respected boxing writers in the United States.

    Shattered deals with many sensitive subjects and covers some incidents that occurred in the northeast. Many may resonate with New England readers.The result is a collection of essays that describe how a community's innocence can be shattered at any time and without any warming. Sares said he does not approach crime writing from the stance of one taken in by the glamorous mythos that criminals often wear like a shroud. On the contrary, he strives to strip away any lingering patina of romanticism from the aura of gangsters or killers. Indeed, it is the victims of crime whom he wants us to see in all their humanity, truth, vulnerability, and tragedy.

    Ted is working on a fifth book that will deal with urban and country noir, but it will not be completed any time soon.

  • Coming 'Round Again!

    INSPIRATION – really loving it…

    "Are you as inspired today as you were under the best of Ken and the Mini-Computer wave?"

    A growing tribe of ex-DECies describe the experience of At-Hand Apps, LLC as such a re-creation of that inspiration.

    "There is another amazing wave of digital life-enhancing technology coming." enthuses founder Robert Gray. "The tsunami will make search, and the whole centralized Internet, seem oh so primitive and old-school."

    Former DEC badge holders Gray, Jim Burrows, Mark Granoff, Todd Trimble, Janet Egan, Karl Puder and others have organized publisher, developer and marketer At-Hand Apps for a "marathon run" into this territory. "The rest of the planet is making sprints." says Gray, " They are mostly rushing small cute apps to market. Many are making a quick buck, but their apps generally do not demonstrate what is possible or the real transformation coming. We believe we have the big picture and have resources to do more."

    Read the rest of the story...

  • Does anybody have the data sheet and/or the specs for the DECchip 21554?

    The document(s) may be faxed to PLX Technology, 408-962-3426, Attn: Art Whipple or sent to PLX Technology, 870 W. Maude Ave., Sunnyvale, CA 94085, Attn: Art Whipple, or to make special arrangements or inquiry, please reply to this email or call me at 408-859-8474.

    Thank you so much.

    Cyd Mathias
    Office of the CFO,
    PLX Technology, Inc.

  • To my Fellow DEC Employees.

    Fifty two years after co-founding Digital Equipment Corporation with Ken Olsen, I have finally written my autobiogrpahy entitled "Learn, Earn and Return". It covers the period of my life when I was learning about computers at the University of Illinois and M.I.T., Earning during my nine years at DEC, and my life as a venture capitalist. The returning part of the book deals with giving my time and assets to a variety of Non-Proifts including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the University of Illinois and many others. The book is at the printers now and will be available by the end of November. More information is available at, where it can be purchased on line for $30 plus S.&H. of $5. I will provide a personally signed book plate with all pre publishing orders placed with Locust Press.

    Hope you enjoy reading it.

    Harlan E. Anderson

  • Hi all .... was back in New England for my 50th HS reunion in Littleton a few weeks ago.

    On one rainy day I drove through Maynard and had to take a few nostalgia pictures. The "Mill" ( now known as Maynard's"Clock Tower Place") looked great. DEC's old headquarters is now home to and many other small businesses. New parking garage by Bld #21 ....our old Bld #5 looked the same. The mill pond has a park in place of the old weed patch. Ken's old Bld #1 has great new landscaping. Downtown Maynard has a few new stores and restaurants but the "look and feel" hasn't changed since the 60's.

    Click here for pictures.

  • Jim Mickol developed a composit of some of his DEC experience and has sent it along to share with fellow Alumni. He says he will have others in the future and willsend those along as well. Enjoy!!


    We are looking for stories – any stories - about DEC Alumni who are or have been involved in education at any capacity. We would like to hear about the work being done, whether in the classroom, in the boardroom, in finance, in enrollment – any area of education. Are there trends you see or changes you would like to see. Media have been highlighting areas where we need to improve if we are to maintain our competitive edge globally. Is this your experience?

    In the next issue of the newsletter, which will come out in early spring, we would like to do a lead story on how DEC alumni have impacted education in the US and how DEC alumni see education today.

    The values we learned and practiced at DEC definitely carry over to other lines of work, especially in education. We would like to hear about your experiences in this regard.

    We would like to hear about your experiences, your joys and successes as well as any hard learnings that came out of your experience in education.

    If there are any of the DEC engineers who went into education at the end of their DEC careers through the DEC sponsored Engineers into Education program, let’s hear from you. What were/are your experiences. This was a ground breaking program at the time. Is this something other companies should consider?

    If anyone has any questions, let us know.

    We hope to get a number of stories that we can relate.


    Many DEC Alumni have pursued careers as small business owners. Wouldn't it be wonderful to bring together a group of small business owners who share the values and experience of the DEC culture for collegial support? This is the idea behind the DEC Alumni Small Business Owners Support Network that is now being formed by DEC Alumni Linda Marks and Sharon Woodruff.

    The group will meet at a Monthly Networking Lunch where we will have an opportunity to introduce ourselves to one another and share our ideas for success. The networking lunch will take place at a central location in the 495/MetroWest area.

    For more information, or if you would like to join, contact or (617)965-7846. We will send you a new member survey to learn about your business, your needs and your interests.


    All former Digital employees who would like to access information about their pension funds can obtain this information online at the following URL:

    All formaer Digital employee retirement accounts were transferred by HP to Fidelity Investments. Use the URL and follow the instructions for setting up individual access.

    For additional information or to have questions answered you can call Fidelity Investments at 800-457-4015

  • Wanted - Retired Engineers in Eastern MA

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