Rusty Whitney

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Up Close and Personal

Comment by Dave Moursund. The following is quoted from Collected Editorials, a book I wrote in 1985:

The first issue of the Oregon Computing Teacher lists Keith Garrett, David Moursund, Mike Neill, Kay Porter and Rusty Whitney as editors. I served as editor-in-chief and did the work of drawing material together, preparing it for publication, and getting it published. The first issue of 42 type-written pages contained a variety of articles, including two by me. I consider them to be my first two editorials and they are included in this collection. They provide interesting insight into what were considered to be the critical computer education issues of 1974. The contrast, or lack of contrast, with more recent times is instructive.

Back in those "good old days," I often attended meetings hosted by Rusty Whitney at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland, Oregon. It was there that I first encountered a microwave oven. Rusty brought out a tray of donuts and other sweets, and told us we could warm them in the microwave oven. He cautioned us that 15 seconds was all it would take to make a cold donut quite warm. Needless to say, I was mighty impressed! Also, it was clear Rusty had fun showing off the new technology.


SPACEWAR - by Stewart Brand - Fanatic Life and Symbolic Death Among the Computer Bums. This is a 12/7/1972 article in Rolling Stone. Quoting from the article:

Finally, there are starting to be places where one can step in off the street and compute, and some of these have newsletters, games, etc., that they can send you. Write to:
  • Bob Albrecht, People's Computer Company, Box 310, Menlo Park, California 94025. (Publishes an outstanding newsletter on recreational and educational uses of computers. $4 for 5 issues/year.)
  • Bob Kahn, Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley, California 94720. (16 terminals available at 50 cents/hour. Publishes a newsletter, Kaleidoscope; has some interesting games.)
  • Rusty Whitney, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, 4015 SW Canyon Road, Portland, Oregon 97221. (Public access computers. Has better software for the PDP-8 than DEC has. And has new PDP-11.)
  • Bill Mayhew, The Children's Museum, Jamaica Way, Boston, Massachusetts 02150. (Public access computer games.)

Quoting from an OMSI President's Report of Summer, 1985:

My next visit with Michael was in Portland, Oregon, where he had become the Director of OMSI, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry a Museum that I had long admired. Why? First, Oregon Software originated there. This company was formed by a group of students and their physics teacher, Rusty Whitney, who wrote a Pascal compiler on the PDP-11 in the basement of OMSI. Ten years later the company is alive and thriving. Second, OMSI pioneered in computer- based exhibits and had a very good working relationship with the electronics firms in the Northwest.

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