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Erwin Danziger brings UNC into the Computer Age

 by Charly Mann


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Sydney Alice (Tardy) Calhoun      12:40 PM Wed 10/20/2010

I lived in Chapel Hill during my ninth grade in school. Erwin was a classmate. My sister worked at Danzigers, and as soon as I was 14, I worked there, too. I have a letter that Erwin wrote to me the summer after ninth grade. Very soon my husband and I plan to visit Chapel Hill. I think I'll return the letter to Erwin. It's very funny. Sydney A. Calhoun nee Tardy

Sylvia Taylor      3:42 AM Tue 5/18/2010

I have only recently (yesterday) made Erwin&#39;s acquaintance, via the net, and our mutual love of Philately. He very kindly directed me to the Chapel Hill site, and I have to admit, found the experience simply fascinating. I myself am English, still live in England, but feel such an affinity to America and her peoples, having been nurtured on a diet of Hollywood movies, wartime Big Bands, and early Marvel comics, in my formative years. Unfortunately, I am unable to share memories of Chapel Hill, never having visited, but I am a firm believer in common parallels running through the world&#39;s societies. We all laugh and cry, experience sorrows and joys, love and heartbreak. On that note, may I share a little something I wrote some time ago, when during a spell of ill-health, I was feeling very vulnerable, and keeping a weather eye open for the grim reaper :-<br \> <br \> TERMINAL THOUGHTS.<br \>In the twilight of our years,<br \>As the spectre of our ultimate departure hovers,<br \>Ever present,<br \>Lying in ambush,<br \>It is the memories of life,<br \>That sparkle, star like, in the darkening skies.<br \>Brilliant gems of sights, sounds, smells and feelings,<br \>Emotions that come tumbling into an overcrowded mind,<br \>Self perpetuating, one triggering another,<br \>Explosions of emotion, kaleidoscoping tumultuously,<br \>Then the tears, like soft summer rain,<br \>Coursing through what remains of life,<br \>With it&#39;s remembered joys and sorrows, <br \>Heartaches and ecstasies,<br \>Love remembered,<br \>Calmness descending,<br \>Tranquil peace,<br \>Acceptance. <br \>The End.<br \><br \>God Bless all you good people of Chapel Hill, and I wish to thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your beloved memories with me, and all visitors to your site. More power to your elbow.<br \>Warmest regards from a not so very Merry England,<br \>Sylvia.<br \><br \><br \><br \> <br \>

Sarah Geer      12:08 PM Sun 2/7/2010

My dad used to talk about seeing the Danziger &quot;boys&quot; wearing lederhosen and digging out the basement under the candy store (which became the Rathskellar). <br \><br \>I enjoyed the picture of the big UNIVAC computer room, which I remember as being in a new annex behind Phillips Hall. I took a computer science course in the early 1970s, and remember juggling my tray of laboriously punched computer cards to run a simple program on that huge machine. The cards were thick, but the machine was tempermental and easily jammed, so the phrase for that era of the computer era was &quot;Do not fold, bend, spindle or mutilate.&quot; The computer area was one of the few air conditioned rooms on campus, to keep the vacuum tube machinery functional and cool.

Peter Cates      9:35 AM Sun 2/7/2010

Thanks for all you have done to honor the memory of Chapel Hill.

Nancy House      2:37 PM Sat 2/6/2010

What an interesting man and family. I wonder if Erwin is a chocolate and/or coffee connoisseur from his days of working in his father&#39;s store.

Mary Womble      8:27 PM Fri 2/5/2010

I must confess I lived in Chapel Hill from 1959 to 1998 and had never heard of Erwin Danziger, but I think you are right he is the most amazing member of the family for what he accomplished and breaking out of the family mold.<br \><br \>It looks like he must have got his college degree in just a couple of years if the dates in your article are correct. Do you know if his daughters went to Chapel Hill schools? I can not recall ever meeting any young Danziger girls, but I did know Ted&#39;s two sons.

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