Guest Book 4
AUTODIN and Data Communication Related Comments, and Guest Book
A listing of comments and other information received from Data Communication Trivia and AUTODIN Contributors and Visiters
July 16, 2010
Well first time I visited the site. I am amazed at how much you put into the restoration. I worked
July 27, 2010
Thanks for picking up where Don left off. Please add me to the list of Autodiners. I started as a tech at Andrews then moved to Ft Detrick as a Site supervisor and Modem tech control supervisor. I moved on to APMO helping Jim Donnelly manage Emod-1 and managing AORTA. I left in late 1973. Fred Schultz was kind enough to let me volunteer for the cut and I moved to Pittsburgh where I became the System Engineering manager for Datapoint Corp, AT&T, Datacard Corp, Golf Digest and finally Nextel Corp from which I retired in 2006. The Census gave me an opportunity for a one year return to the work I have always enjoyed . I have had a fun and rewarding career working in the computer industry. Many great people, lots of interesting technology, but none better than the folks in Autodin.
My home email address is email@example.com
Assistant Manager of Technology
Beaver Falls, Pa LCO
U.S. Census Bureau
July 28, 2010
I am the middle child (of seven) of Edward Douglas Pierce, I think most Autodiners would know him as "Doug". Thank you for this site! I can remember a lot of stories about things that I still don't understand, but was always in awe of his intelligence and responsibility. He started off with Western Union in Norfolk, VA and passed away just before realizing his dream of retirement just as the Albany facility was closing down. I have some photos, stories, and memorabilia that I will try to share when I can. Thanks again, and am looking forward to hearing from some of the Albany group in the future.
Thanks again, Kevin "Douglas" Pierce
Aug 31, 2010
For the first time ever, I did a Google Search on my name (Erv Nork) and up came your Gentile AutoDin docs.
Sept, 19, 2010
GREAT website! When you get a chance, you might want to link to Lino Paoletti's 1975 AUTODIN paper: http://www.rogerdmoore.ca/PS/ADINC.html .
October 6, 2010
I was located at Tinker from 1963 through 1995. I provided some vacation relief to Tague, Yokota, and Pirmasens after WU (or whoever the later names were) took over maintenance of the AUTODIN centers.
From there I went to Yokota until they closed in 1999. Don Downing was the site manager, and I think he had been the manager while the Air Force had maintained the site. While at Yokota, we lived in what had been base housing for the Tachikawa AB. The base had been turned back to the Japanese and the housing was being managed by a local owner. Most of the base itself had been converted to a beautiful park.
While at Tinker, we had a line to Camp Drake, which I think was moved to Yokota. At this point, I am not sure if Camp Drake was in Japan or Vietnam.
After Yokota, I went to McClellan, then to Hancock to help provide manning until they closed.
From there, I joined a couple of other groups within GSD and helped with the installation of digital telephones in US embassies overseas, then with surveys of FBI sites for computer networks. (Airline flying got extra interesting during that time period after 9/11.)
We had not sold the house that we had while I was working at Tinker, so when I retired, we returned and settled back in. I began doing volunteer work here at the church. Mostly I try to keep the computers working properly, which has earned me the title of IT Manager. Sandra has also volunteered and can also usually be found at church most days.
We have breakfast once a month with various former AUTODIN people who are still in the area, some WU, some operations, and some crypto. The stories are still interesting.
Thank you for your time, Max - J
MAX C. NEWLAND
Oct 25, 2010
1972-4, I was at Pirmasens. ASR 12hours a day!!!
Would love to connect to anyone from that time period. I am in touch with Linda Matthews and Calvin Liller. Lost track of James W Putney and Trey Shayffer. I still have my insignia and the goodbye mug with my name and signal emblem. Currently in California after 26 years around Cambridge, Massachusetts. Best to you on the 150th anniversary.
Nov 8, 2010
Coltano ASC – Patch and Test: 1979 – 1980 and 1982 – 1985
I completed Tech Control training at Fort Gordon in the spring of 78. From there, I
and a large group of tech controllers were sent to Fort Bragg for what was always rumored
to be staffing for a SW Comm Center much Like Detrick. Needless to say, that never occurred.
We hoped we would at least staff TRI-TAC, but that passed also as all of the equipment was
in bad shape and over-kill for 25th Signal Bn.
After a year of hell cross-trained as a 31M, I was sent to AUTODIN School at Fort Gordon and
then assigned to Coltano. I worked Patch and Test as a 32D20H4 for a year under SFC Daubenhauer until my enlistment expired in 1980 (pay back for Bragg).
I reenlisted. in 1981 and requested a reassignment back to Coltano. My request was granted
and I returned to Patch and Test until 1985. While there, I met my lovely wife Katrina (Brunette 72G), who eventually joined me at Fort Monmouth (JITF-JTC3A) until we both left the service in the spring of 1986 to raise a family.
Since that time, I have worked as a radio newsman and in the Cable Television industry where I currently find myself responsible for business coax video, data, and phone installation
and service (once Commo, always Commo).
We will never forget Coltano, Camp Darby, surrounding area, or the many marvelous characters we met while serving. We only have contact with a few these days, John Scott, David Toy, Bonnie Carlson, and Laura (Kinney) Hood, but our memories will last until the end.
SSG Bill White
January 15, 2011
I was one of the GI's that started up Coltano Autodin site in the spring of 1969. The local terminal RUFLCTA was an IBM 370/30?.
See if any one remembers this.
Clear Load PA Run Advance
Former Sp6 Andy Vincent
January 31, 2011
I can fill in a great deal about enhancements from 1980-2011 for AUTODIN -- I worked on and/or managed all of them and still do...although we are truly in "Maint Mode" now.
I have worked for DSA since early 1973 (still do) and still work on AUTODIN among other things.
February 3, 2011
March 6, 2011