Is there a word for someone who waxes
nostalgic about keypunch cards?
I mean, BESIDES codger, fogey and geezer?
It was in the early 1970s in my Computer Programming class at good old Belleville High School that we were introduced to the coding sequence of FORTRAN and the wonder of keypunch cards.
The keypunch machine ... that punched the holes in the card for each letter you typed and later read the card to perform a task, was not as big as a Univac computer - which would have taken a whole classroom, but was about half that size.
A Keypunch Card
In those days, our first question was What's an Abacus?
From there, we pretended to have computers for which we would write programming on the keypunch cards and I remember a lot zeroes and 1s and you left about 10 digits between coding lines.
Maybe that's how programmers still write programs?
Once during our year of Computer Programming class we actually visited the keypunch room and got to type our cards out and see whether or not our program worked.
My older sister worked down in Newark at one of the big insurance companies - I'm thinking Mutual Benefit, but it could have been Mutual of Omaha? - where she was a keypunch operator. That, of course, was back in the days before spelling was corrected holistically. Anyway, when she got married and moved to Ashtabula, Ohio, she got a job as a keypunch operator at Carlysle's Department store uptown.
Is there a word for someone who waxes nostalgic about keypunch cards?
Oh, now I know: Baby boomer.
Keypunch Machine at Columbia University
Keypunch Machine on Wikipedia
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