Here is an index to the images and pages at this site, arranged in roughly chronological order. Click on any item for a description, or a larger view.


Mulvaney on Bomb Disposal. Cartoons from the WWII newsletter of the US Navy Bomb Disposal School.

Lescohier, Boyd

Dave Lescohier explaining something to Mr. Boyd in his basement, 1959. This is how I got started with computers.

1401 control panel

1401 control panel. I had summer jobs programming 1401s at UOP and Swift & Company while I was in college.


In 1965, Noel Morris and I wrote the electronic mail program that is the ancestor of today's email.

Tech Square windows

Windows of 575 Technology Square, the Beta building, where the Honeywell Cambridge Information Systems Laboratory resided from about 1970 until 1984.

Martin, Widrig, 645

Karolyn Martin and Don Widrig debugging Multics on the 645.


Mary Thompson and Noel Morris at the 645. Real programmers.

Andre Bensoussan

My colleague André Bensoussan. He taught me a key lesson on quality: It Can Be Done. (André died Oct. 12, 2003, after a long illness.)

Roger Roach at the 7094

Roger Roach shutting down CTSS on the MIT 7094, July 20, 1973.

Greenberg, Morris, Morris, Clingen

Bernie Greenberg, Noel and Debbie Morris, Charlie Clingen at a Multics picnic.

Cambridge, MA

A poem, painted on walls in Cambridge, in the 70s. (This reminds me of a software engineering story, "Painting the Wall.")

user at a selectric terminal

Angus Macdonald playing adventure on a Selecterm terminal in my Waltham apartment, 1973.

MIT 6180

MIT's Honeywell 6180 Multics machine.

Amanita Caesarea

Amanita Caesarea. I got interested in Mushroom hunting through the writings of John Cage.

Multics Man

Multics Man. One of several pieces of Multics humor.

I miss this car

The white 911 I bought in 1974. I loved this car. Drove it to Phoenix, and foolishly sold it.

Multics Cuties

The Multics Cuties. 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. Taken in Phoenix in 1978, about the time of the Palyn Report.

SWE comix

Software Engineering Comix. There are many ways to do software right, and many more to do it wrong.

Karger, Schell

Paul Karger and Roger Schell, at the IEEE Oakland security conference, 1994. They broke Multics security in the 70s.

Reed, Corby, TVV, Frankston

Corby's retirement party, 1996. One of many great Multics parties.


Venice. Our favorite city.


How I filter spam.

Updated 03/19/10

All images copyright (c) 1997, 1998, 2004 by Tom Van Vleck.