Origin of 'Straight 8' name

Rod Smallwood rodsmallwood52 at btinternet.com
Fri Dec 21 23:23:17 CST 2018

I worked with PDP-8's from 1970 to 1975 and worked at DEC from 1975 to 

I cannot recall the term 'Straight 8' ever being used.

I think it may have been referred to as the 'Model 8'

Rod Smallwood

On 22/12/2018 03:46, John Ames via cctalk wrote:
> I'd definitely be interested to hear if the DECheads on this list know
> the specifics, but I'd gathered that it came about once other models
> were introduced and the need arose to differentiate between, say, a
> PDP-8/e and a "straight" (i.e. vanilla) PDP-8. The car connection
> probably made the particular phrasing happen (of course, they
> originally photographed it in a Volkswagen, but they couldn't very
> well have started calling it a "flat-4!")


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