Saturday, March 17, 2012

#59) Mel Kaye, Legendary LGP-30 Programmer -

Anthony Cuozzo, a young (non-Libravet) defense industry programmer recently contacted me to request information about a Libravet. Anthony is a big admirer of the programming work Mel Kaye did on the LGP-30 during the 1950's. Mel's work is legendary and has been documented on the Internet. See "The Story of Mel" (click here), and the Wikipedia (click here). Note, Mel worked on the LGP-30 at Libascope in the 1950's prior to his work for Royal McBee. An LGP-30 story on the front page of the August, 1956 Librazette (click here) mentions Mel, and tells of the transfer of certain responsibilities to Royal-McBee, one of Librascope's sister divisions.

If possible, Anthony would like very much to interview Mel in person, but would also like to communicate with anyone that knew Mel or knows of his work. Anthony has been doing this research for the past four years and assures me his motivation is entirely altruistic, since he believes his work will further enrich the programming community.

If you can help Anthony in any way, please leave a comment below or send me an e-mail and I will forward it to him.

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  1. Has Mr. Anthony Cuozzo managed to contact Mr. Kaye yet?

    Thank you
    Andrew Jackson

    1. Hi Andrew,
      I've e-mailed Anthony for you, so we'll see. What is your connection to Mr. Kaye?
      Carl Sorensen

    2. Hello Carl

      I started studying computer science at the University of Pretoria in South Africa in 2001 and came across the entry about Mel in The Jargon File. In the second half of this year a teaching assistant posted about Mel again in a course from the University of South Africa. That fact that one of the things that intrigued me, inspired me and made me smile when I started out at university was being reposted at a different university almost 14 years later motivated me to find out if Mr. Kaye is still alive, what he is doing and if he has a family.

      I pretty much want to find out if I can still board a plane, meet the man, shake his hand and see if I can buy him a cup of coffee/tea/[beverage of choice] and hear some cool geek war stories. I enjoy hearing history from the source. :-)

      Thank you

  2. I too am a young programmer who's interested in the story of Mel Kaye. I discovered the story recently on Wikipedia and it seems like it's become a part of my profession's folklore.

    An "acuozzo", who I can only assume is Anthony Cuozzo, posted that "I did eventually manage to get in contact with Mel, but I scared him away, unfortunately. That's a story for another day... :-/".

    See the post here:

    I hope he shares that story with us, at the very least, and soon. Mel must be getting on in years...