The year was 1962. John F. Kennedy was president and the United States was in the throes of the Cuban missile crisis.
But at the University of Texas business school, the news on October 18 was all about some exciting new technology: the computer.
An American-Statesman article says that the business school "made the first step toward the day when all its graduates will be as well acquainted with electronic computers as they have been heretofore with desk calculators."
Mostly I'm impressed with the use of "heretofore."
The IBM 1620 computer - which looks nothing like the computers we know today - is about the size of a large desk, and contains a typewriter as well as a panel with lots of knobs and switches for doing mainly advanced mathematical and statistics problems.
The article says the computer will be mainly used by students in statistics courses.
"Eventually, about 1,000 students each year will become acquainted with computer operations," the article says. "Thereafter, it will be taken for granted that they are able to use the machine for work in any course."
Boy, is that the truth.
Read the article for yourself here:
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