For those of us in teletype communications, the writing was on the wall. If messages could be sent and received automatically at Grass Mountain, why couldn't a computer be installed at any location, thus eliminating the need for us?
Well, that's almost what happened. The first death knell for the teletypewriter was the facsimile or fax machine. Over an encrypted line, a properly prepared document could be sent directly to an address.
Then the personal computer resulted in the storage and eventual destruction of virtually all of the machinery we used during the Vietnam War. To see a short history of teletype communications, click HERE.
As for Sperry Rand, it kept swimming upstream against IBM. In 1986 Sperry Corporation merged with competitor Burroughs Corporation and formed Unisys Corporation which trades on the NYSE under the symbol UIS.
This blog was created for USASTRATCOM Long Lines Battalion Army personnel who served in Taiwan during the 1965-72 time frame. Specifically, those who lived and worked in and around Taipei are the target. If you worked at the Grass Mountain or Gold Mountain facilities or anywhere in downtown Taipei, we would like to hear from you. All are welcome to visit and contribute to this blog. Your comments and pictures are encouraged.
Friday, March 30, 2012
Friday, March 23, 2012
This little booklet has come in handy many times.
Seeing the two pages above on the embassies might bring back pictures of broken glass embedded in cement at the top of the compounds' walls.
Just beyond the railroad tracks, the Nanking (Nanjing) West Road's circle of restaurants was a great attraction. Eating there was another story.
|Photo courtesy of Taipics.com|
Here's an updated picture of the circle restaurants. It's been replaced by a modern edifice. Think of all of the odors this area once produced.
The zoo was practically across from USTDC.
The China House is long gone, but look at the spire in the area back of the building.
The Toy House museum still stands and is a big tourist destination. It obviously was there in 1969, but nobody I knew ever mentioned it. Then again, I probably wasn't listening.
The Republic of China made a rock and roll band abide by a dress code! Fortunately a few inches of hair was no stumbling block to greatness. They proceeded into oblivion.
Now appearing---Dynamic Five!
It was this First Theater referred to in the article.
|Photo courtesy of Gary Roske|
The focus of this picture for me is the red phone booth. There was one near the entrance to the East Compound and it cost $1 NT to ring up Taipei Military in the downtown Sugar Building.
My friend pointed out to me these signs on the floor of a movie theater lobby indicating that no spitting was allowed.
Friday, March 9, 2012
The wall on the right is the dominant feature of this picture. Almost all of the H Housing homes were identical.
Based upon where we lived, my thoughts went to how the sanitary sewer lines were connected as well as the water pressure and source.
All houses in the H Housing area look like this one. What is surprising is that the roofs were mainly flat which indicates a continued effort at maintenance.
|Original PowerPoint slide courtesy of Scott Ellinger|
Follow the two lines of the same color, and you will see how these houses look today and how they appeared about 50 years ago.
Check the wall on the right with the picture above it and the two photos match up pretty well. The angle of the picture is everything.
For me, this is the first house to the left after entering JianYe Road.
The home circled in yellow is the location of the third photo shown on this post. The house circled in blue is the one next to the guard house in the first picture.
Saturday, March 3, 2012
This red line is the turnoff from the main road onto Jianye Road which winds through the Section "H" housing area. You are looking north.
Heading south toward Taipei, we can see the Jianye Road street sign on the upper left.
The gas station is at the same location as it was in 1968.
Still on ZhongYong Road, we are approaching a guardhouse which is at the entrance of the high rent district.
Turning right will take you to the designated home in this "H" Housing area.
Here's a full shot of the house in question.
The house above is circled in pink. It's right next to the drive leading to the cul-de-sac.