Rod Coleman's personal history of founding, building & running SAGE

Nigel Johnson nw.johnson at
Sat Jan 2 20:08:52 CST 2021

For one exciting moment there I thought that you were talking about the
Semi-Automatic Ground Environment - which a friend of mine was a tech on
in North Bay, ON, part of the DEW line!

I was getting ready to up stakes and hop off to Philadelphia!



Amateur Radio, the origin of the open-source concept!
Skype:  TILBURY2591 nw.johnson at

On 2021-01-02 8:44 p.m., Bill Degnan via cctalk wrote:
> On Sat, Jan 2, 2021, 7:11 PM Liam Proven via cctalk <cctalk at>
> wrote:
>> This may be old news -- it was new to me, though.
>> I'm not really familiar with SAGE machines. They were not as
>> well-known in the UK, I think, being upmarket from the Apple ][ and
>> IBM PC, both of which were eye-wateringly expensive by UK standards of
>> the time.
>> Also, they were terminal-based things and even back then I was
>> interested in boxes with graphics. :-)
> There is a SAGE II at Kennett Classic.  When I give tours I like to compare
> and contrast the SAGE with the IBM PC, Motorola 68000 vs Intel 8086.
> If anyone is in the Philadelphia area stop by and we can fire them up.
> Pascal.
> Bill

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