[SIGCIS-Members] SAGE & other Hardware in Hollywood

Ceruzzi, Paul CeruzziP at si.edu
Tue Nov 26 10:48:52 PST 2019


We've had discussions about the question of SAGE's effectiveness for air defense, but at least Hollywood liked it. The sci-fi series "The Time Tunnel," produced by Irwin Allen and aired for one season on ABC in 1966-67, used SAGE consoles and tape drives for props, with sufficient "blinkenlights." Here's an overview:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MByhY6aSUo&list=PLdoMV9SEY_anq8jVhAK6f0Hg80UKSZajt
At the time of this production, SAGE was still very much operational, at least some of the centers were.

I also just watched a new episode of "The Crown," in which Queen Elizabeth & the Royal family are gathered around a television watching someone accessing a time shared computer with an ASR-33 Teletype.

Paul Ceruzzi
Curator Emeritus, Department of Space History
National Air and Space Museum
Smithsonian Institution
Washington, DC 20013-7012
202-633-2414

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