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Video: Atanasoff Documentary Filmed at Hunter's Club PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Todd McGreevy   
Wednesday, 04 March 2009 01:55

Kirwan Cox and a crew from EyeSteel Films ( visit Hunter's Club in Rock Island, IL. The Canadians were here to film a portion of a documentary they are producing for the Canadian version of History Channel about John Vincent Atanasoff. Atanasoff testified in the seminal 1970's Rand Sperry patent trial over the rights to the fundamental elements of modern computing. Atanasoff, a mathematician professor from Iowa State in Ames testified that he conceived of the four principles of the modern calculator as it was known at the time.

1. Binary arithmetic 1's and 0's rather than decimal arithmetic.

2. Use regenerative memory to store information.

3. Use logic instead of enumeration of numbers.

4. Use vacuum tubes to count.

Using vacuum tubes meant electrons which became resistors.

The invalidation of Sperry IBM's patent claim 30 years after Atanasoff conceived the ideas allowed innovation to prosper and changed the world foerver, says producer and historian Kirwan Cox from Montreal, CA.

His crew filmed a visit from Intel researchist Dr. John Gustafson, who built the replica of the BerryAtanasoff computer. Dr. Gustafson had never been to Hunter's. His first visit to the hallowed ground of where modern age computing concepts were born was captured on film for the documentary.

In this clip Kirwan Cox talks about how Atanasoff came to Rock Island in the winter of 1937, the importance of his stop at Hunter's, and how he feels he has proven Hunter's is the famous "roadhouse" Atanasoff testified he conceived the basics of modern day computers.

Hunter's owner Brad Emmert talks about Paul Fessler who explained the intent of the film makers. Fessler is cited by Cox to have recorded an audio interview with Dr. Atanasoff who shared with him the details of the route he took across the Mississippi River.

Video: Quad Cities Tea Party Draws Diverse Crowd PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Todd McGreevy   
Saturday, 28 February 2009 18:28

A diverse crowd of protesters gathered at the corner of Brady and Locust streets in central Davenport today, unified in their contempt for last year's bailouts and this year's stimulus bill approved by Congress and signed by Obama last week. (The bill is the H.R.1—American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and can be read at  The following story includes a 4 minute video log of interviews at the protest.)

The Darwin Project: "A Way of Looking at the World" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Wednesday, 27 August 2008 02:29

Darwin's ape Given its scope and depth, one might expect that St. Ambrose University's Darwin Project started with a big idea. After all, 2009 is the 150th anniversary of the original publication of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of the Species, as well as the 200th anniversary of its author's birth. (Both he and Abraham Lincoln were born on February 12, 1809.)

United Way Unveils Imagination Library Program PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 18 June 2008 02:18

Imagination Library, a program originally developed by Dolly Parton's not-for-profit organization, is coming to the Quad Cities. United Way of the Quad Cities Area is sponsoring the program, which sends one book per month to children through age five. Books are chosen with skill levels specific to those ages.

The Staycation: Turning Residents Into Tourists PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 June 2008 02:40

Joe Taylor"Do we build attractions to lure tourists or create opportunities for the community's own enrichment?"

That's the question asked by one of the workshops for the recently announced Upper Mississippi River Conference to be held August 21 through 23 at the i wireless Center.

The answer is "both," and this may be the summer Quad Citians can do both - being a tourist by enjoying all our great attractions and by developing a deeper appreciation for our quality of life.

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