Peter Evans 31 May 2011
(Customer Engineering Canberra)
Was doing some web browsing and came across your site. I worked for CDA in Canberra 1978 to 1982. I was trained on the 7600 at CSIRO originally with Russel. Then was trained on the other. 3200, 3500, 3600?, 7200 and the 180? at Tax. I now live at Lake Conjola NSW, semi retired after 25 years in the computer industry. I am also in contact with Rob Cossack if you want his details.Peter Evans
Frank Holland 15 May 2011
Old age is kicking in.
Any chance someone could add dates to the "remember" page?
Frank Holland (Will do.. ED)
John Lee Sydney 27 Apr 2011
Can you please add Ian G. Smith to the 'where is' List, who worked in Business Products Melbourne (with Ken Evans) and also Ron Stevens - Cybernet Sydney (worked with Dave Bross)
Regards, John Lee Senior Account Manager
Clive.Myers 19 Apr 2011
Hi all, I was, for a number of years, CDA in Tasmania.
As far as I am aware the only tech guy who also had a sales quota for business products. I reported to Melbourne management and used to spend a fair amount of time there. I worked on the 3200 system with a 1604, 9 x 600 series tape units and BDP! That was my first foray into computing as a career. Since then I have moved back to Perth, spent years in communications, operating systems and even ran my own IT company for a number of years. These days I am working in government, having just gone back to full time employment after spending 3 years working part time and getting thoroughly bored. Just came across this site and was fascinated with the number of people I knew. Just thought I would drop a line and see if anyone remembers me as well!
Cheers Clive Myers (Email address provided for database)
Jill Hayes 16 Apr 2011Hi,I am Jill Hayes (nee Wallace) CDA 'accounts girl' early 70's to late 70's. Came across this site looking for Nola Colbert, sadly I find she died in 2006. Names of my era were Colin Elliott, Gary Pearce, Alan Rodda, Helen Bruce, Mary Macdonald, Ian Good, Jamie Bridgeman and of course Mike Spark, who could forget the Ferguson Winery days. Many more of course. I am alive & well, living in Doncaster Vic, please add my email and mobile to your data base and mailing list.Thanks .... Jill Hayes
George Pace 30 Jan 2010
Hello ex-Control Data colleaguesIt saddens me that I have been unable to join the CDA reunions - my working backyard is currently northern Asia. In all my years since working for Control Data, I have yet to experience the same camaraderie we had in those heady days in Port Kembla & Canberra. We were the best! We later dispersed and propagated our ideals to other companies - for me it was to Motorolaand currently Computer Sciences Corporation. I would like to take this opportunity to wish you & families "Peace,Health, Wealth & Happiness" this coming (Chinese) new year of the tiger ! Best Regards, GEORGE PACE ASIA
Midrange Lead CSC, Global Outsourcing Services
Mario Raposio 7 Jan 2010
Hello,I worked for Control Data Australia from 1973 to 1988.
I mainly worked at Newcastle with John Urbani, Ken Fox, Brendan Nolan and Drew Heath. Later I was transferred to Port Kembla where I worked with George Pace, Michael Olditch, Ross Ahrens, Bob Logan to name a few. I would very much like to catch up with Gavin Sutherland, Brendan Nolan and possibly Michael Olditch & John Urbani. I would be very grateful if you could either pass on my email address to those folks OR give me their email address.
Thank you very much for our help in anticipation.
Kind regards Mario Raposio
Alan Geller 20 Dec 2009
So here it is, Sunday morning and a big snowstorm has cancelled all the big football games and I am left with clicking around the internet. I don't know what random path led me to the CDA site but it sure has triggered a lot of happy memories. I was in Sydney last in the late 90's for an SGI/Cray quota club and ended at a Sydney office sales reunion at the Oaks (whooda guessed?) with Tibor, Sadler, Whale and friends. It was great to see everyone.I ended up after returning to CDC in California, spending most of my time with Cray, retiring from HP in 2007 but here I am working again with a young son in college and asking about grad school in Australia. I am very close to being the world's oldest computer Biz Dev mgr; that's a salesrep with grey hair. What caught my eye was seeing Gary and Helen Fahey's names among all the Melbourne folks, so I hope they see this big hello and best wishes for a great 2010. Sorry to see about Gus. The big computer business is/was a small crowd..........I ended up working with Larry Holswade at DG, Peter Grimes at Cray and bumping into Barry Higgins a few times.Kindest Regards to All ... Alan Geller
From: Jane Leopard 7 Feb 2010
ex Victorian Sales and Marketing secretary 1988
I was employed as Secretary to Victorian Sales and Marketing in 1988, following several months working as a casual in other departments. I had the pleasure of working for Peter Boek and Tony Blackmore. I left to have my first child. I often think back on that year, the year of the installation of the super computer, I remember receiving the call to say if you go to the fax machine you are sure to have a surprise, which was the order coming through. The best job I ever had. How wonderful to discover this site.The culture in St Kilda Road was unique, I still use my experiences at CDC as a yard stick, happy memories. I am living in Victoria and Leopard is my married name and the name I used when I worked at CDA.Regards to all .... Jane Leopard
From: David Adams 8 Nov 2009
(ES: AARBNE, 1973 - 1980, 1982 - 1984);
Hi all - I Never expected to see so many faces and names that have passed into memory...fond ones. CDA had a great effect on me and my life - one of the greatest work experiences I have experienced.
I Now live in Brisbane - (email address added to database)
From: Vic Whiteley 6 Nov 2009
I just stumbled onto this site, through a completely unrelated Google search
I was amazed at the quality and scope of the site and have just spent the whole afternoon browsing through it. It brought back so many memories and it was great to see all the old faces that I remember. I hope they still remember me.
I joined Control Data in Sydney in October 1969 as an account rep, when the 6600 was installed, to develop business for the new Cybernet Services operation.......familiar names were Dave MacNab, Dave McAdam and the irascible Bob Aitken, along with too many others to list.
I moved to Melbourne in 1972, to become National Sales Manager, Cybernet Services..........I left the company in November 1973....36 years ago!
I always regard my days at Control Data as the best of my working life.........I know most others feel the same way
Special memories are attending sales training in Frankfurt in February 1970 with Peter Dulmanis, Roy Goldman and David Bross along with the general camaraderie and enjoyable culture that made us such a successful company.
I am living at Pretty Beach, on the NSW Central Coast have a successful business as a distribution company, providing Internet security and networking solutions.........too busy to retire!
I look forward to staying in touch and to attending any reunion functions as they occur
From Ian Downie 7th March 2011
(Customer Engineer Melbourne)
I have been retired for almost 10 years apart from the odd job here and there when I find something particularly interesting or rewarding, a couple of weeks in the outback managing an aboriginal settlement, an election last year, the upcoming census this year, and the State Rose Garden sometimes to do a bit of pruning the roses and pulling weeds etc.
Kids, grandkids and a new great granddaughter to occupy the time when I am not playing Amateur Radio or fiddling with electronics repair of some sort keeps me out of mischief, away from the pub's and houses of ill fame. :-)
Forty + years of marriage and she still puts up with me. We are both keeping reasonably good health so little to complain about, nothing a Lotto win couldn't fix anyway.
I have added a picture of me taken recently so I haven't changed a lot since I joined CDA except for the gray hair; I hope that it is big enough for your purpose.
I spend a little time of late looking after an old "ham" friend of mine who this month celebrates 80 years of amateur radio, at 95 he is starting to get a little fragile but his mind is as sharp as ever.
I hope I do as well as he has done.
Our best wishes to all the group.
Ian and Judy Downie