Public Groupactive 2 months, 4 weeks ago
All of the personnel information that came into our data center from headquarters in Hawaii, came on cardboard IBM cards. These cards had to be kept cool and dry or they would jam in the computer reader. If it was raining when they unloaded them off the plane from Hawaii, they could all turn to junk. Like everything else, electricity was in short supply especially in the humid summer months. We had a diesel auxiliary generator by our office building to make sure that the air conditioning kept running so that the cards and the computers could keep working.
In the Army, we had a room with 20 or 30 keypunch machines and Korean girls typing. It was very noisy. When they all dragged out their lunch tins, it smelled of kimchee. Kimchee smells very strong especially inside an air conditioned room with no windows.
Note from Veteran Rich Kent who served on base in 1969~1970