Recently, two of my biggest eBook related problems were solved in one fell swoop by Terry Froggatt and his Elliott 903.
Problem One: Elliott Automation History Gaps:
I have some great audio interviews with Tony concerning his time at Elliott’s and how his life was turned around when he discovered the wonderful world of computing.
BUT some details are a bit sketchy and I hadn’t yet found anyone who could help me paint a bit more of a detailed picture.
That was until Terry Froggatt got in touch (after a recent RAL lecture)
Terry joined the Airborne Computing Division of Elliott Brothers at Borehamwood in 1966 and remains an Elliott computer enthusiast to this day. He has very kindly offered to help me research and document Tony’s time at Elliott’s.
Thank you so much Terry!
Problem Two: Reading a paper tape:
There are many reels of fragile paper tape in the archive. I’ve always wondered what is on the tape, and always assumed that it was likely that the contents would remain a mystery.
Well, I just can’t believe my luck because as well as helping me with my research, Terry has also kindly offered to scan all the paper tape in Tony’s archive!
You see, Elliott computer enthusiast Terry is a proud owner of:
> An industrial Arch 9000 (aka 903) originally used at Mobil’s Coryton refinery,
> A commercial 903, (probably) originally from Warwick Hospital
> A military Elliott 920M, (last used in a Jaguar aircraft.)
It will be absolutely wonderful to know what is on the paper tapes and to archive the information!! THANK YOU TERRY!