Control Data Australia Memories compiled by Brian Membrey

#top

The William C. Norris Scrapbooks (V1 Pages 1 to 60)


Cover


3

July, 1957

Norris, late of Univac, Mum on “New Venture”

4

unknown

Top Sperry Rand Officers to tour Univac Plants

5

26 July, 1957

Univac internal announcement of resignation of Norris and Frank Mullaney

6-13

4 August 1957

CDC Prospectus (pages 1 to 8)

14

31 July, 1957

Letter from Sessions Engineering Company advising address (first sighting “Control Data Corporation”

15

2 August, 1957

Letter from VP of Honeywell suggesting meeting “to out mutual advantage”

16

5 August, 1957

New Research Firm Opening in Minneapolis (also Univac re-shuffle)

17-18

5-7 August, 1957

Telegrams wishing Norris well in new venture

19

6 August, 1957

Letter from solicitors for Sperry Rand warning  of potential legal action pending further investigation

20, 21

3 August 1957

Letter from CDC (Norris)  to Norris advising all 600,000 shares were fully subscribing and requesting $58,500 for Norris’s personal holding (also suggesting no dividend likely to be paid for several Years

22-23

13 August, 1957

Letter of response to Sperry solicitors from CDC refuting claims

24

undated

Photo, Norris and Mullaney

25

13 August, 1957

13 August, 1957

26-27

   ??

Letter from Camp Foley from Norris’ son Charles … “Dear Mom and Dad … the craft class is making a totem pole …”

28

19 August, 1957

Press clipping “Former RRU Men Set Up in Minneapolis” (several other than CDC

29

26 August, 1957

Press clippings “Control Data picks President”, “Former Univac Executive to Head New Firm”, “Control Data Corp. Names 3 executives” (Arnold Ryden, V-P. Frank Mullaney, Systems Engineering), Willis K Drake (Marketing). All three had been with Norris at ERA and then Univac

30

 September 1957

More appointments - James G Miles (Engineering Services, Robert Parker )Mechanical Division), William Keye (Product Design), Howard Shekels (Staff Consultant), Robert Kisch and Seymour Cray (Product Design) and Henry S Forrest (Director of Government service engineering, Washington.   Without exception, they were all from Sperry Rand

31-33

14 September 1957

Letter from Chas. M Green, New York, apparently also ex-Remington Rand with a number of interesting comments on the working environment there; three new Board appointments and the announcement of the hiring of E. D. “Dave” Zimmer (often mentioned in Bob Price’s book as his first manager) from Univac

34-35

18 November

“Reaction to Eisenhower speech”; two-paragraph statement from Norris

36

20 October, 1957

Cover of Electronics News, apparently (partly obscured) suggesting CDC had $8 million in backlog orders, mentions of the 1604 and mentions of prototypes of a new small computer, the 160

37

20 October, 1957 ??

Full page ad. For the B-58 Hustler bomber, ex Sylvania (connection to Control Data?)

38

20 October, 1957

Table of Contents for Electronic News, 20 October (36 above)

39

20 October, 1957 ??

Full page ad. For a Bell radio receive r(connection to Control Data?)

40

20 October, 1957

Executives in the news - Norris :for engineers capitalism

41-49

20 October, 1957

Duplications of Electronic News, 20 October, 1957

50

22 November, 1957

Letter from The American National Bank (oops! addressed to “Data Control Corporation”) congratulating Norris and the company on the acquisition of Cedar Engineering Corporation

51

13 December, 1957

Announcement of plans to develop a factory-floor Production Data Recorder, seemingly part of the acquisition of Cedar Engineering

52

    ??

Photo of Norris and probably E. J. Manning, President of Cedar Engineering

53

    ??

Photo of Norris and what appears another Cedar Engineering product (of a somewhat phallic nature)!

54

22 November 1957

Announcement of acquisition of Cedar Engineering, photo 52 duplicated

55

21 November, 1957

Alternate article on acquisition of Cedar Engineering

56

11 November, 1957

Articles revealing that Control Data was building a computer to “an embryonic stage”.  One of the article has three administrative officers and 13 key engineers, all shareholders and tracing back to ERA.

57

15 January 1958

New Electronic Brain Firm Begins Clicking

58

24 February 1958

Control Data post goes to Sachberg …”Mr Norris also disclosed that Seymour R Cray, senior engineer at Control Data is completing a radical new design for computer circuits …

59

3 March 1958

CDC as part a group Minnesota industries to develop new guided missile system

60

17 February 1958

Twin Cities : article including 3M, CDC, Honeywell, also a new CDC industrial data corecorder producing punched cards, tape or magnetic tape