Computing Past: Mel, the Realest Programmer of All

Additional reading related to Computing Past: Mel, the Realest Programmer of All:

The year 1982 produced a best-selling book Real Men Don’t Eat Quiche. Ed Post, of Tektronix, Inc., sent a letter to the editor of Datamation in July 1983 titled “Real Programmers Don’t Use Pascal.”

“The Story of Mel,” the realest programmer of all, is a brilliant (and true) portrayal from a year later:

James Seibel wrote an excellent explanation about “The Story of Mel” for the young-un’s who have never beheld actual core memory:

Don’t miss his “Addendum” at the end of the article. It’s a great perspective for all of us. Each of us has the capacity to be a Real Programmer.


Librascope LGP-30:

My slide deck with presenter notes:

The photo is of my father, circa 1977 (Director of Washington State Data Processing Service Center).