Title and Description Page
Family, Education, and Early Career 1
Recollections of his father and stepfather. Moving to California and attending UCLA. Being drafted into the Navy and joining the V-12 program. Earning his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. at UCLA. Working on the mathematical-tables project for division 11 of the Institute for Numerical Analysis.
Returning to UCLA 5
Getting a fellowship at UCLA. Being taught by Grace Hopper. Programming computers. Being in a class with Richard P Feynman. Going to work at Hughes Aircraft Company. Teaching through the University-extension program. Working at the National Cash Register Company, and then for Hughes Dynamics.
Magnavox Research Laboratories 9
Working on the Minicard system for information storage and retrieval. The success of the magnetic disk. Studying the various forms of information storage. Teaching information science at various institutions. Meeting Mortimer Taube at Documentation Incorporated. The Magnacard system.
From Electrada to Becker and Hayes, Inc. 13
Being invited to join Electrada. Creating AIS with John A. Postley. Becoming a fulltime professor at UCLA. The creation of Hughes Dynamics. The founding of the School of Library Service and the Institute for Library Research. Forming Becker and Hayes to develop a library network. Rationalizing the funds for a national library network.
Writing the SILC report. The public-sector/private-sector taskforce. Discussing the difference between information and library science. Affirming the importance of libraries and librarians.