• the story of computer science education and research at Purdue;
• a memoir of a pioneer;
• a study of the rise and fall of Sydis;
• a treatment of an early leader in the computer industry at Philco; and
• two pieces on how computers were explained to a larger public—the story of how the BBC presented computing machines in broadcasts and a recollection of how the trade journal Datamation helped shape the new field of data processing in the 1950s.