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What I have finally chosen to do is to slice it so as to feature wonderful people: some of them famous, like the great Vons - von Braun, von Karman, von Neumann; some of them tremendously significant but not so well known, like L. Comrie and Wallace Eckert; some of them just vivid and exciting, and important to me because they were wonderfully human if not historic.
I aspire to Magic Realism - a picture somewhat larger and much clearer than life.
I decided to continue the material more or less seamlessly, and to call the result a second edition of COMPUTER rather than a separate book. There are no pictures this time, although I have many more to display. Errors that I am aware of in the first edition have been corrected, although I am sure there are others, and not a few in the new material.
The table of contents and the chronology have been extended.
But I had to admit the idea was pretty far-fetched. Kurt Vonnegut did his satire on automation so well; I had gone to GE's Association Island  and had sat under the elm that was transformed into a ruined oak at the end of his yarn.
As Schenectady became Ilion, so could Endicott become, say, Watsonville, and the shoe workers could parade past the IBM factory shouting "While you're thinking, we're drinking! But the themes would have to be spare, or the satire would be blunted.
Cautiously I began to reconstruct what had happened to me and to the burgeoning world of computers from mid-1959 on. Then I was awarded a National Science Foundation grant.
Watson] the Imperial Presence IBM [International Business Machines Corporation] the empire The SSEC [Selective Sequence Electronic Calculator] 12,000 tubes Betsy Stewart mistress of the SSEC console The ENIAC [Electronic Numerical Integrator And Calculator] 18,000 tubes The ASCC [Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator] first of the giants Wallace Eckert first scientist ever hired by IBM John Mc Pherson IBM engineering director Pete Luhn inventor of relay calculators and much else Pres Eckert [no relation to Wallace] builder of the ENIAC John Mauchly designer of the ENIAC Howard Aiken he upstaged Watson Senior at the ASCC dedication Grace Hopper everybody's favorite naval person, and mother of COBOL The Watson Lab [Watson Scientific Computing Laboratory] at Columbia Rex Seeber master of the SSEC Hilleth Thomas mathematical physicist The NORC [Navy Ordnance Research Calculator] first supercomputer Frank Hamilton builder of the SSEC George Richter Gray Eminence of IBM deliveries L. Comrie [Leslie John Comrie] great English table-maker and computer Becky Jones the Moon on a Friden John Backus father of FORTRAN FORTRAN [FORmula TRANslation] longlived technical computer language Ted Codd lawgiver of relational data bases Richard Courant famous NYU mathematician I. Rabi top physicist at Columbia Dwayne Orton editor of THINK THINK Magazine IBM prestige publication Dorothy [Dorothy Carlson Grosch] Mount Wilson's loss was my gain The Waldorf Astoria Hotel scene of many IBM parties He would be 74 next month, although no one in IBM dared to mention the number to him.
The family, the large and devoted family, would of course celebrate - very privately, and without emphasizing his age. J." in most third-person mentions inside the company and nearby, "The Old Man" informally and pejoratively.
And at the very end I have appended the index to the first 23 chapters, which Underwood-Miller did not print. I was the second scientist ever hired by IBM, and I watched the Watsons on Olympus, and Bill Norris and Ken Olsen and Gene Amdahl, and a thousand great commercial and academic figures.
Providing this edition on CD/ROM, uncoded and uncompressed, means that chapters or sections of the book can be downloaded and subjected to full-text search. Later, for three amusing years, I was the top Federal computer honcho, and escaped to be editor of the major trade newspaper.