Control Data Australia Memories compiled by Brian Membrey

Head Office : Snippets, 1980s


CONTROL DATA TAKING LOTTERY TO BRITAIN

St. Paul Pioneer Press, November 3, 1989   Link :

Control Data is taking its computerized lottery business to Great Britain - but because lotteries are illegal there, it has become the "computerized competition" business. The Bloomington-based firm, which runs lotteries in seven states, on Thursday announced its first foreign contract and the largest one in its history. The 10-year contract awarded by Golden Grid PLC, a private British company, is expected to generate $2.7 billion in sales in its first two years. ...  complete article, of 252 words



CONTROL DATA STILL RESISTS REPORT RULES

St. Paul Pioneer Press, September 11, 1989  ($2.95)   Link :

Top executives at Control Data Corp.'s headquarters tower in Bloomington have come a long way from the days when they spurned securities analysts' queries and scoffed at Wall Street. But not far enough. It's still too hard for analysts, portfolio managers and others to figure out how well or poorly the company's divisions are faring. Most large publicly held companies routinely disclose such information. Control Data doesn't, quite possibly scaring off investors. What's at...  complete article, of 747 words


CONTROL DATA SELLING IMPRIMIS TO SEAGATE FOR $US450 MILLION  

The Age, 20 June, 1989


CONTROL DATA GETS BREATHING ROOM FROM SHORT-TERM LOANS

Minneapolis Star-Tribune, July 1, 1989  ($2.75)   Link :

Control Data Corp. got a financial breather Friday when its lenders agreed to extend up to $205 million in short-term credit as the computer and information services firm tries to restructure itself into a smaller, profitable company.

Control Data said it has amended its credit agreement for 12 months with nine banks led by Bank of America. The pact provides for up to $115 million in standby letters of credit and direct loans of up of $90 million.



CONTROL DATA TO SELL TRAINING INSTITUTES

 San Jose Mercury News, May 31, 1989   Link :

Control Data Corp. of Bloomington, Minn., has agreed to sell its string of vocational and technical training institutes to a group of business executives, taking another step to raise badly needed cash. The business group plans to buy the 25 Control Data Institutes in the United States and Canada and the three centers of the Institute for Advanced Technology. The price was not disclosed. The institutes provide post-high school training in computer programming, electronics and...


CRAY RESEARCH, CONTROL DATA CORP. ANNOUNCE SUPERCOMPUTER PACT

The Gazette (Colorado Springs), May 17, 1989  Link :

MINNEAPOLIS - Cray Research Inc. will sell its supercomputers to customers of Control Data Corp., which dumped its own supercomputer business a month ago, the companies announced Tuesday. The joint marketing agreement also will allow the corporate neighbours to explore possible product links between Control Data's Cyber mainframes and Cray's supercomputers. "The objective is to offer a seamless network of computing power, including supercomputers, mainframes,... complete article, of 293 words

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AIR BATTLE BREWING???  

Lakeland Ledger, 11 May, 1989 (complete article)

Control Data, a Minnesota-based company engaged in flight training, is apparently interested in leasing a portion of the long-vacant Piper delivery center near the Lakeland Municipal Airport as a flight training center. It appears the company would be pitted  against Flight Safety International which has been considering some expansion plans of its own. Some sources believe the market just isn't big enough for both.

 

CONTROL DATA LAYOFFS : PAIN STARTS TO GROW AFTER JOB-LOSS BLOW

St. Paul Pioneer Press, April 19, 1989   ($2.95)  Link :

The loss of ETA Systems, Control Data's St. Paul-based supercomputer operation, is a dreadful blow to the city that may be softened but not deflected by (properly) assigning blame to market forces and the survival struggles of the parent corporation. It hurts. ETA was the big, flashy industrial tenant in Energy Park. Getting it was a coup for St. Paul and an expression of good feeling between Control Data and the city. Eight hundred mostly high-tech jobs. Now, in a wink,...complete article, of 360 words


CONTROL DATA SETS 5 UNPAID DAYS OFF

San Jose Mercury News, December 22, 1988  ($2.95)  Link :  

Control Data Corp., facing a break-even year in 1988, says it told its 27,000 U.S. employees they must take five days off without pay in the first quarter of 1989. ''That equates to a 7.8 percent pay cut in the first quarter, or about 2 percent for the year," Frank Ryan, a spokesman for the computer company, said Wednesday. "Executives will take an additional 5 percent pay cut over the first six months of 1989," he said. In addition, merit pay raises have been delayed three months... complete article, of 198 words


CD EMPLOYEE LOTTERY SENTENCE  (also 5 May, 1988)

Beaver County Times, 14 December, 1988  (extract from full article)

HARRISBURG - Attorney General LeRoy Zimmerman said a judge sent the right message in handing down sentences to two men convicted of tricking the Pennsylvania Lottery into awarding them a $15 2 million Super-jackpot.

"The message is clear," Zimmerman said Tuesday. "If you try to defraud the Pennsylvania Lottery, you're risking a long prison term."

Henry Arthur Rich, 34, the mastermind who worked for the lottery's computer vendor, Control Data Corp., was sentenced to five to 10 years in state prison by Dauphin County Common Picas Court Judge Sebastian D. Natale.  His codefendant, Mark S. Herbst, 33, a former video store clerk, received a two-to four-year sentence by Natale.

... in asking for tough sanctions, Deputy attorney General Michael J Kane said Rich had use his sophisticate computer knowledge to circumvent a multimillion-dollar security system ...

(An article some two weeks earlier note CDC has lost the rights to the Illinois lottery, the successful bidder Gtech estimating $100 million revenue over five years)


CONTROL DATA AT&T LINK

St. Paul Pioneer Press, November 4, 1988  ($2.95)   Link :

Control Data to supply disk drives for AT&T Control Data will supply disk drives for AT&T computers as part of a huge contract AT&T has won with the federal government. AT&T's computer contract, awarded by the Air Force, has an initial value of $929 million but could eventually expand to as much as $5 billion. Control Data will receive up to 10 percent of the contract and during its first year expects $70 million in revenue, according to a spokesman. Under the... complete article, of 585 words

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CONTROL DATA SETS UP DATA STORAGE SUBSIDIARY

San Jose Mercury News, September 9, 1988   Link :

Control Data Corp. said it is establishing its Data Storage Products Group as a separate, stand-alone subsidiary to be known as Imprimis Technology Inc. The new structure will make it easier for Control Data to form joint ventures or partnerships in the business or sell a minority interest in it to the public, among other alternatives, the company said. The subsidiary will make products such as disk drives and tape drives that are used to store data in large computers. ''This... complete article, of 116 words


WILLIAM NORRIS, COMMUNISTS TURN CAPITALISTS

St. Paul Pioneer Press, July 30, 1989  ($2.95) Link :

William Norris has been doing business with the Soviet Union for 24 years, and he says it never gets much easier - just less difficult - each time. One of the first American high-technology businessmen to deal with the Soviets, Norris, founder and retired chairman of St. Paul-based Control Data Corp., now has several joint ventures with them through his William C. Norris Institute. In essence, he is helping communists to be better capitalists. To Norris, all the delays and... complete article, of 460 words


STATE PROBES LOTTERY FOR EVIDENCE OF MORE FAKES  (also 14 December , 1988)

Philadelphia Inquirer, May 5, 1988   Link :  

State officials examined scores of past winning lottery tickets yesterday to determine whether there were other phony winners like the $15.2 million bogus ticket uncovered last week. However, investigators were sticking - at least for the moment - to their theory that the fake ticket was the first attempt by a computer expert and his ''pigeon" to break the lottery security system and walk off with prize money. One official in the investigation, who asked to remain anonymous, said... complete article, of 717 words


TIME SELLING RESEARCH UNIT TO CONTROL DATA CORP.

Ocala Star-Banner , 14 October, 1987 (complete article)

NEW YORK - Time Inc. announced an agreement Tuesday to sell its market research unit to Control Data Corp. for about $80 million in cash and additional payments based on the unit's future revenues.

Time said the sale of SAMI-Burke Inc. should enable it to concentrate on its core businesses, which include magazine and book publishing and cable television systems and programming.

Control Data, based in Minneapolis, said the acquisition moves it closer to its goal of becoming "a full service marketing information resource for advertisers and the media." it already owns Arbitron Ratings Co., which measures local television and radio audiences.

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LOTTERY FIRMS HOSTS LEGISLATORS

Ocala Star -Banner, 23 February, 1987   (complete article)

... While they were in California, the Florida lawmakers were introduced to the various games that the companies run for other state lotteries. Along the way, they were offered sightseeing trips, food, liquor and gifts by companies hoping to get the contract for Florida's lottery, it was reported Sunday.

One night the six legislators and other guests were taken to a famous, five-star restaurant where the average meal runs from $40 to $60. Control Data Corp. picked up the dinner tab. Wineglasses used for the dinner were embossed with a corporate logo. Sets of the glasses were Later delivered in gift-wrapped packages to the hotel rooms of those who attended.

Control Data already sells gaming equipment to Delaware, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Washington and Maryland ...


COMPETING WITH JAPAN

Boston Globe, 8 December, 1986  (complete article)

Though [William Norris] is not a Roman Catholic, he holds firmly that the recent pastoral letter on the economy issued by the US Roman Catholic bishops makes the best argument yet for an integrated approach to economic reform in the nation.

Lest Norris sound like just another business tub-thumper, he's got the right credentials. In Minnesota, he's revered the way Edwin Land, An Wang and Kenneth Olsen are here.

Norris, despite some catcalls from the computer wiseacres, hews to the conviction that Control Data's best long-haul bet is to stay with PLATO, the computer network of programmed learning and educational testing that he feels will revolutionize the way people learn.


CONTROL DATA TO KEEP TICKETRON

Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 27 November 27, 1986  Link :

Control Data Corp. said Wednesday that it has cancelled the planned sale of its Ticketron betting and ticketing division because it doesn't need to raise more money right now.

The company had been negotiating a sale with an affiliate of Allen & Co., Inc., a New York investment banking firm.

Robert Price, Control Data's chairman and chief executive officer, said yesterday, "Since Control Data's financial restructuring is complete, there is no longer a compelling need ... complete article 799 words


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The Milwaukee Sentinel, 8 May, 1986  (complete article)

CONTROL DATA CORP. will operate in fewer areas and make computer production and service its basic business to recover from massive financial losses, the company's chairman said Wednesday. "The Control Data of even a year ago is gone," Robert Price told shareholders at the annual meeting. "We have taken steps to create a new organization, one which will do fewer things, but do them more efficiently." Price announced the appointment of a new chief financial officer to help make Control Data a smaller company and said it will give each employee 10 shares of stock so the employees have a "stake In the future of Control Data."


TERRORISTS HIT US AND BRITISH TARGETS

Sydney Morning Herald, 28 April, 1986  (complete article)

In Lyons, 440 kilometres southeast of Paris, the police said a bomb near the American Express office on the sixth floor of a seven-story office building exploded at 4 am on Saturday.

The police said the American Express office, as well as the offices of Control Data, an American computer company, were virtually destroyed by the blast and fire.

On the building's second floor, a re-painted slogan on the wall warned: "Black and Decker, American Express, Control Data - U.S. go home".



CONTROL DATA REPORTS LOSS, NEW DEBT PLAN

Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 14 February, 1986  Link :

Control Data Corp. reported Thursday that it lost $567.5 million in 1985, its worst year ever, as a result of heavy operating losses and substantial write-offs from a restructuring of the company.

But Control Data also announced yesterday that it has reached an agreement in principle with 14 of its banks to restructure about $380 million in short-term debts on which it had been in default since last fall.