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Anecdotes
April-June 2010 (vol. 32 no. 2)
pp. 80-83

The two anecdotes in this issue each give a flavor for a time and place in computing history. Specifically, Keith Smillie recounts the work of the small electronics firm Computing Devices of Canada and his experiences working there with Ted Codd in the 1950s, and Robert Patrick recalls the early days of the Los Angeles Digital Computer Association.

1. K. Smillie, "Velvet Gloves and Latin Squares: Memories of Some Early Computing in Canada," Proc. Canadian Information Processing Soc., 1984, pp. 323–326.
2. M. Campbell-Kelly, "Edgar Codd: Computer Programmer Who Saw Others Profit from his Inventing the Relational Database," The Independent (London), Obituaries, 1 May 2003: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries edgar-codd-730256.html.
3. J.R. Yost, "Edgar F. Codd," Encyclopedia of Computers and Computer History, Raul Rojas, ed., Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 2001, pp. 161–162.
4. C.J. Date, "Edgar F. Codd: A Tribute and Personal Memoir," Sigmod Record, vol. 32, no. 4, 2003, pp. 4–13.
5. One account of Ted's life and work that appeared on the Web shortly after his death contained the minor error of stating that he was a captain in the Royal Air Force during World War II. Although he was in the RAF, in Coastal Command I believe, he probably held the equivalent rank of flight lieutenant because there was no such rank as captain. The same account stated—under the title "Trivia"—that Ted was a fellow of the British Computer Society, an IBM fellow, and a recipient of the ACM Turing Award. Trivia indeed!

Index Terms:
Computing Devices of Canada, Ted Codd, NRC 102 computers, Digital Computer Association
Citation:
"Anecdotes," IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 80-83, April-June 2010, doi:10.1109/MAHC.2010.29
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