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As we build our Timeline, we are being eclectic as we include important events in the tech history of QC, CUNY, the Borough of Queens, and other items in order to put our own history into perspective.  Some of the "What else was going on when... " answers are fun to contemplate.

The following information has been culled from many sources, including the following.

The New York Times Historical Database on the Web is one of our sources for general as well as CUNY information.

Among the sources for the Queens College information is the wonderful book The People's College on the Hill,published by the College in 1987 for its 50th anniversary. Student Yearbooks, College Bulletins, student newspapers, faculty-staff newsletters are among other major sources.

Among the sources for the CUNY information are the various CUNY publications on the CUNY web site.

We will be adding more to this timeline shortly.

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... WNYC, New York City's radio station, will establish a broadcasting unit at Queens College, The Crown learned yesterday from Dr. Henry Miller of the Economics Department, who has been negotiating for several months with the station.  Professor Phillips Bradley, chairman of the Political Science Department, has been selected to deliver a series of some thirty lectures on "The Problems of Democracy" on an adult education course to be given twice a week from the Queens College campus.

"This is a unique experiment in adult education...", Dr Miller stated.

...Professor Bradley intends to enlist the cooperation of Queensboro Womens Clubs and the principals of the high schools to schedule meetings and assemblies at the time of the broadcasts, which will be given Wednesdays and Fridays at 1 pm.

Modern Industrial Efficiency and all its implications were experienced by three Queens College students ... and Professor William Withers... last Monday evening when ... General Motors Corporation undertook to wine and dine us and introduce us to the great and the near great in the automotive industry at a dinner for more than 100 college men at the World's Fair...
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With its 283 men ordered to report for departure... the Queens College unit ... is being inactivated...

.... Representatives of three city colleges Brooklyn, City, and Queens will meet with Army officials in the Board of Higher Education Offices at 695 Park Avenue to discuss a mutual termination of the projects...

...The college is sponsoring a dinner... A motion picture of highlights of their stay at the college will be shown...

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YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, Sept.10 - Resemblances between Milton's "Paradise Lost" and Shelley's "Prometheus Unbound" have been turned up through a computer analysis that was reported at a conference here today at the International Business Machines Corporation research center...

... The computer studies... were described by Joseph Raben, a Professor of English at Queen College.  Associated with him in the analysis were Seymour Goodman of the Queens Department of Chemistry and Raymond D. Villani of I.B.M. ...

... Physical scientists have become computer conscious, or in some cases, even computer oriented.  It is now hoped by computer scientists that many students of the humanities will follow this lead.
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CUNY's University Computer Center founded based on a plan by 3 campus computer center / computer science dept faculty who felt the campuses needed central support for academic computing. User services area had keypunch machines.
1976:
Aid applications will now go thru more central CUNY processes, and a multi-copy pre-printed Tuition Assistance Voucher (TAV), each approximately 8 1/2" x 14") for each aid recipient with is made available to colleges, showing TAP and Pell award estimates. Many heavy boxes of these pre-printed TAVs are picked up and delivered to each campus.  Decwriter printer terminals (dialup - 300 baud) are placed on each campus for campuses to check information on-line for late filers and late award estimates. 
Queens College of the City University of New York has installed a new system of teaching terminals.  It was pioneered by Professor Louis Geller, chairman of the Department of Accounting and Information Systems.  Professor Geller put 16 keyboards on line to an interactive computer to teach the application of computers to accounting and financial problm areas. Professor Geller states: "The basic idea of the DIGI-LOG ON-LINE CLASSROOM is to provide the students with hands-on experience so they can be positively reinforced before leaving the classroom"...

...The ON-LINE CLASSROOM is a teaching terminal system that consists of an interactive CRT display for on-line operation and control by the instructor, auxiliary keyboards that are used by the students, large cideo display monitors to facilitate easy viewing in the classroom or lecture hall, a printer interface for keeping a record of the class's transactions. and an instructor control module which is used to enable the individual keyboards...

...The company feels that many more applicaitons will emerge through the innovation of the teachers that use the system and the further development of the computer aided instruction concept...
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