Computer Histories Page XIII

John Frank Pilvines, Jr.

1954 – 2020

From almost as soon as he got to college John was quickly mesmerized by computer technology. Not only did he use them for class work (largely through punch card computers which have gotten mixed up a few times!), but to understand and learn about them. After graduating from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) with a B.S. in Bio-Organic Chemistry he quickly pivoted his career back towards computers.

John’s 35+ year career in the computer industry led him to work with companies such as Tandy Corp, Radio Shack, GRiD, AST and MicronPC, primarily working as a systems engineer. He had many fond memories implementing solutions and working with companies such as NASA, General Electric, the military during The Gulf War and many others. Never one to hold off on storytelling, he would always have a tale or analogy or reference for almost any conversation. Two of the stories he always got a laugh from were…

· laptop received back from the military with a pistol round shot into the hardware with a note in the box only stating “won’t turn on”

· walking through a engineering office where old CRT monitors were put into a crushing box to break the tube & glass before sending them out for repair