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logo  April Third Friday Feast, April 20, at 6:00 p.m.

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logo  April Third Friday, April 20, at 8:00 p.m.

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logo  FY2016 Annual Reports
The 2016 – 2017 reports, presented by our officers/volunteers at the annual members' meeting, are posted in the Members' section. Included are Minnesota Mensa's comprehensive FY2016 financial reports. (Password required).

logo  Digital Oldtimers

fascinating stories to tell, especially if you're interested in history, technology, or both. Jenny McDermott just published a video of the oral history of member Jerome Wenker to YouTube; you can find it at www.youtube.com/watch?=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucWZdB9sUM8. Associate producer Mary Busch lent the well-lit top floor of her house for the recording and did the actual interview.

Jerome worked at MIT between 1956 and 1959, using the Whirlwind computer. (It was so primitive it didn't have floating points or index registers.) He relates how he and his boss, Doug Ross, created the mathematical equations that enabled a mechanical cutting tool to create 3-D shapes in metal, using a computer-driven punched paper tape. The program they wrote to run it was called APT, for Automatically Programmed Tool. APT was the forerunner of CAD/CAM software.

Jerome describes the Big Presentation by his team in 1959, to aircraft company executives and journalists, demonstrating what APT could do. As proof of the software's sophistication, the programmers presented each audience member with an example of a computer-driven manufactured object – a metal ashtray.

APT represented an important milestone in military aircraft design; using it and its successors, running on IBM 704s, cut the production time for new airplanes from 7 years to six. This gave the U.S. a distinct advantage over our Cold War foes the Russians, who couldn't do R&D that fast. Watch the 35-minute narration of Jerome's early career for an up-close and personal glimpse of this piece of history.

Women in Computing
Before there were smartphones, before the Internet, before networks, before PCs, before USB connectors, Mensans were programming computers. Many of those Digital Oldtimers are members of the Minnesota chapter.
Members Jenny McDermott and Mary Busch have been recording the oral histories of their friends who worked on computers in the '60s, '70s, '80s, and in one case, even the '50s. Click here to see the videos published so far in a 42-minute piece entitled "Women in Computing." Also, for a 6-minute trailer with clips of all 6 individuals recorded so far click here.
Our fellow Mensans have some fascinating stories to tell about their experiences in the early days of the industry - go check them out!

logo  Minnesota Mensa Meetup page
Check out our new Meetup page and sign up to be informed of Minnesota Mensa events as well as other local events that match your interests.

logo  2016 MNMensa Election
The following are certified results of the 2016 Minnesota Mensa Board election:
Loc Sec: Jane Gmur
First Vice: Rose Keller
Second Vice: Eric Botten
Recording Secretary: Lin Rockler
Treasurer: Alison Bucklin
Communications Officer: David Novy

logo  Mensagenda Guidelines
Mensagenda editor, Linda Seebach, has issued new guidelines for Mensagenda submissions. You can download the new copy here (You'll need your password).

logo  Sci Fi SIG at the Pavek
The Sci Fi SIG didn't simply observe historical radio-related objects at the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting, we played a Theramin and recorded a "radio show." What a hoot! Yeah, the show is geared toward school kids – perfect for us! Mensa members are welcome to join us at any meeting or field trip. Here is our radio broadcast.

logo  First/Third Friday Feast
Join Mensans for dinner at First and Third Friday Feasts. Classic American fare at a moderate price is offered. We meet each month at 6:00 p.m. before the First Friday gathering. Contact Jane Gmur before Friday morning to reserve a place at the table! Check the calendar for locations.

logo  Lesson Plans Available on Mensa For Kids Web Site
Attention teachers, homeschooling parents and involved family members: The Mensa Education & Research Foundation is sponsoring a series of lesson plans for grades Kindergarten through 12. Click here for more information and links to download these valuable resources.

logo  Other group newsletters
Minnesota Mensans can view newsletters from groups around the country. Click here to access this feature (password required).

logo  Passwords

Access to the Members Pages requires your e-mail address and personal Mensa password. This was supplied to you at renewal time. If you don't know your password, contact American Mensa at American Mensa, Ltd

logo  Scholarships
Minnesota Mensa is offering scholarships this year to students in Minnesota and parts of Western Wisconsin. Click here for more information and an application form.

logo  Want to Change How You Receive Your Mensagenda?

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