No, they haven't gotten rid of Teletypes, they still live on in the minds of all of us TTY repairmen and probably all of the operators, along with all of the Kleinschmidts and the KL-&s. Those of us who really loved our jobs, no doubt still could repair them now no matter how long we've been out so they still live, long in our minds...at least in mine.
I just ran accross this thread. I remember picking up and AUTODIN packages destined for AFPC in 80 column cards from the comm center and delivering them to Data Automation or DPI for processing (1970's - 80's). I also remember having to do disaster recovery for over 5000 cards using what would be similar to today's manual label maker guns (ouch). There was no such thing as a backspace once you made a mistake, lol. I sure was glad when we were able to do the same using virtual images (90's).
I just saw this entry and after reading the comments, thought I would help...AUTODIN is actually alive and well. Although there is just one site left at Ft. Detrick Md. It is still up and running and processing messages. Ten years ago they 'shut' it down because of political reasons, and the word AUTODIN is a no-no...
The equipment is basically the same equipment since the upgrade to make all of the ASC;s work on the same hardware and software. Minor changes have been made over the past few years, but believe me, AUTODIN is still running, I work as a consultant to DSA, the company that provides the software support for AUTODIN.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me email@example.com.
It's hard to belive that Autodin is still running. I worked with autodin from the 60's thru 1999. (af 23 years and gov 13 years) Croughton England, Clark PI, Pentagon. retired from af and gov. goverment in 1999. last worked on wwmccs and gccs at hqusaf. I took care of the autodin interface to ptc. nace software on wwmccs and amhs on gccs.
Came across this thread by accident and wow, it brought back some great memories. I worked two Autodin ACSs (Gentile & Andrews) between 1970 and 1977 as a controller. It was a great experience for a young airman back then. I could probably sketch the entire layout of an ASC today, but like most other memories of that erra, you can only rekindle the experience at the Smithsonian. Great posts. Brad Mayo Huntsville AL
Originally posted by 19608148: .... like most other memories of that erra, you can only rekindle the experience at the Smithsonian. Great posts. Brad Mayo Huntsville AL
Understand exactly what you're talking about, Brad. I was stationed at The Pentagon from 1983 - 1986--one of those 24/7 workcenters where your "weekends" actually coincided with the REAL weekend maybe once a month, but gave you some good time off during the week. My wife and I had gone to the Smithsonian, and had done the whole thing--First Ladies' inaugural gowns, Old Glory, Archie Bunker's recliner, the MASH set, etc. On our way out, we went through the technology area, and saw the first computer I worked on in the AF--the old Burroughs 263: punched-card/print oriented, 28K of iron core. Yep, made me feel down-right ancient.