We had the usual number of trinkets and handouts.
Marketing got lapel pins.
These are from the late 70s or early 80s.
We had T-shirts. Rick Kissel's is a Multics Man shirt. Katie's says "Multics Keeps It Up Longer". Multics Picnic, July 1979. (Click for a larger view.) THVV
I designed (executed) the Multics t-shirts. I did the Phx marketing t-shirt displayed by Sue Bender, as well as Multics Keeps It Up Longer and Steve Webber as Multicsman. I based the t-shirt drawing on Kenney's Multicsman comic. But in my version, it was a cartoon portrait of Steve Webber. My version of Multics man looked like Steve, because I knew Steve. David Rollow
Sue Bender, Liz Mullen, Kay Kaiser: Their shirts read Save Honeywell, Buy a Multics on the front, and Save Multics, Buy Honeywell on the back. (Click for a larger view.) THVV
Multics Time Sharing shirt, design by Angus Macdonald, photo by Janet Dent. (Click for a larger view.) Janet Dent
Susan and I were going through some boxes of old clothes, etc., and came across this item, which I took a picture of. It was given to us by the PMDC folks when our first son Michael was born in July of 1980. (The phone is there to show the relative size and as a shameless plug for my current employer.) Multics didn't last long enough for Mike to become a Multician but he spends a lot of time with Linux and is employed as a network analyst with Global Crossing. Photo by Paul Benjamin. (Click for a larger view.) Paul Benjamin
My geek daughter (she is a college prof with a S.O. Comp Sci PhD who works at Lawrence Livermore) asked for this T shirt for Christmas. The best part of this was that she wanted to more clearly understand my role on Multics. Her strongest memories were of my Model 37 TTY clacking away in the family room in the evenings. I was running Barry Wolman's hog so periodically the answerback drum would be fired up to simulate an interactive user rather than someone just using the PL1 compiler. Anyway, we had a really pleasant conversation back and forth while she took notes. It brought back a lot of very pleasant memories for me. (Click for a larger view.) Dick Snyder
Pewter paperweight in the shape of a beaver, 1973. (Click for a larger view.) THVV
Honeywell Information Systems had an advertising campaign in the early 70s which consisted of photographs of sculptures of various animals, made out of electronic parts. The animals were associated with various Honeywell computers. Since the totem animal of MIT is the beaver (it's on the class ring), they made a beaver to associate with Multics. Marketing also gave away nice heavy little pewter paperweights that represented the sculptures. (The eagle, representing FSO, was highly prized.) If you look very closely you can see the resistors and so on that the beaver's original was made of. They handed these out at the legendary appreciation dinner for the Multics developers in Boston in 1973 with some little card thanking the Society Of Beavers.. we wondered if that was a dig.
Multics flying disc from a Multics Picnic in the 70s. (Click for a larger view.) THVV
iron-on patch from the 70s. (Click for a larger view.) Ron Riedesel
"Just found this, surprised it wasn't already on the web-site. All I can tell you about it is that it must have been made before I left at the end of 1967." (Click for a larger view.) Don Wagner
Some trinkets celebrated our triumphs, like the B2 certification.
Some expressed bitterness at management.
Black armband from HLSUA 10/85
Multics mug. Traditional gift at going away parties. This one commemorated my transfer to PMDC in Phoenix, so it says ">udd>m>Van Vleck mv tvv.CISL =.Phoenix "
(Click for a larger view.) THVV
Multics and STC ties, on the occasion of STC's centennial and its installation of Multics.
(Click for a larger view.) David Warley
I had the "MULTICS" tag for California from 1983-1994 and for North Carolina from 1994-1998.
I finally gave it up because I went for 5 straight years without meeting anyone who knew what it was!
Of course, I'm in the Land of Red Hat down here and many of these kids barely even knew Unix.
(Click for a larger view.) Wayne Clark
On a trip to the Federal Systems Division offices in McLean,
I saw a latch hooked rug with the Multics symbol hanging in the front office.
It seemed inappropriate to me that FSD should have a Multics rug but CISL did not, so I decided to rectify that.
Whereas the FSD rug was made with heavy carpet yarn, I decided to make CISL's rug with lighter sport yarn so I could get more detail.
The rug was hooked onto a 5 hole per inch mesh, measuring 36" on a side.
The red yarn is official Multics red, but since Pantone didn't exist then,
I can't specify that red exactly.
It took me 400 hours to hand knot the rug, done during commuting from Natick to Cambridge.
The rug was in the CISL lobby at Cambridge Center.
(Click for a larger view.)
Mike Broussard and I did the FSD rug, around 1978 or 79. Unfortunately I don't have any pictures of it.