Reading ancient paper digital media (was Re: Hamurabi Focal source)

Fred Cisin cisin at
Thu Apr 1 14:50:20 CDT 2010

My father used to do a lot of consulting with CBS on Social Science
Research.  IBM was an active participant; sometimes TOO active.  IBM did
the entire computer work for the CBS "National Driver's Test" (1965?).
When the live percentages didn't add up to 100%, on the TV, I could see my
father sitting behind Walter Cronkite, frantically recomputing the numbers
in time for Cronkite to read them.  The next morning, my father, my
brother, and I began studying FORTRAN.

For one of the CBS studies, they actually distributed port-a-punch
("Hanging Chad") cards, and had the respondents drop them in a mailbox!
IBM did "something" with one of their card readers (slow-down?, enlarge
the in-gate?) and successfully read almost all of the cards!  I wish that
I could have seen that!

Grumpy Ol' Fred     		cisin at

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