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Anecdotes
January-March 1999 (vol. 21 no. 1)
pp. 45-47

1. In the original, the opening song is set for male voices, but it was sung by a women's chorus in the 31 December 1929 performance. B. Jones and L. Boyd, The Harvard College Observatory.Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press, 1971, p. 193.
2. The Official Register of Federal Employees.Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, Personnel Sheets, Records of the Naval Observatory, Record Group 78, National Archives and Records Administration, 1880- 1903.
3. Official Register of Federal Employees.Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office.
4. See the description of Army computers in O. Veblen, "History of the Range Firing Section of the Proof Department of the Aberdeen Proving Ground," Department of Ordnance Technical Report 84, April 1919, Record Group 156, National Archives and Records Administration.
5. In the parody, this song is sung by the relatively minor character of Rhonda Saunders, who does not correspond to the original character of Josephine Porter. In the parody, I assigned the Josephine character to an astronomer named Joseph McCormack.
6. Margaret Rossiter also discusses the nature of gender typing of computing job. At least two forces are clearly at work. Computing was an acceptable scientific job for bright women, and observatories found that they could cheaply expand their computing groups by hiring women. See M. Rossiter, Women Scientists in America.Baltimore, Md.: Johns Hopkins Press, 1982, p. 53.
7. Boyd and Lewis, op. cit., p. 386.
8. L.F. Richardson, Weather Prediction by Numerical Processes.Cambridge, England: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1922.

Citation:
James E. Tomayko, "Anecdotes," IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 45-47, Jan.-March 1999, doi:10.1109/MAHC.1999.759369
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