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40 years ago: Bomb blast damages KU computer center, injures students

December 12, 2010

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Dec. 12, 1970:

After nearly a week of turmoil on campus, a bomb blast at Kansas University’s Summerfield Hall had injured three students and severely damaged the “computation center” of the university. The three students had suffered cuts, bruises, and eardrum injuries from the blast, but doctors said that it could be weeks before it was known whether their hearing damage was permanent. The blast had occurred about three and a half minutes after a warning call had been phoned in to the dispatch switchboard. The force of the explosion had destroyed an interior concrete block wall, bent the interior metal doorways, and buckled the walls of a staircase. Sheets of computer printouts were flung into tree branches outside, and shrapnel-like fragments had flown across a walkway and smashed into two annex buildings. The $3.5 million GE-635 computer apparently had not been seriously damaged in the blast.

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bearded_gnome 4 years, 2 months ago

smashed into two annex buildings. The $3.5 million GE-635 computer apparently had not been seriously damaged in the blast.

I am so glad the computer was unharmed!

btw Sarah, could we get a daily column: this day in ljworld posting/blogging history?

Sarah St. John 4 years, 2 months ago

Oh my goodness, it's all I can do to keep up with the actual history in the newspaper. But I appreciate the variety of comments we've had over the years (I've been a J-W reader much longer than I've been doing OHT) -- especially some particular posts or hilarious threads. I wish I had time to revisit some of them. Maybe someone could start a "best-of" blog? Of course there's always the problem of disappearededededness.-- some of the funniest may no longer be in this dimension, shall we say.

bearded_gnome 4 years, 2 months ago

(I've been a J-W reader much longer than I've been doing OHT) -- especially some particular posts or hilarious threads. I wish I had time to revisit some of them. Maybe someone could start a "best-of" blog? Of course there's always the problem of disappearededededness.-- some of the funniest may no longer be in this dimension, shall we say.

---Wow! Sarah! you're not such a babe in the woods! you know about disappeareddededdedness [note spelling is optional].

yes, I think it would be cool to have a column: this day in ljworld posting history.

"On May 5, 2006, the OTSposts went completely crazy on the subject of klondike bars and roundabouts" for example.
or, "on September 8th 2009, Marion Sydney Lynn posted a blog claiming that a certain president hated a certain mammal."

anyway, thanks for this entry, I don't know what the university would've done if their computer had been harmed, I mean you couldn't even play games on that model! lol

Sarah St. John 4 years, 2 months ago

Gnome, I like the way you think! :-)

BTW, if you like old-time computer stuff (and by "old-time" I mean, when I was in college!) you should check out the 25 Years Ago for tomorrow (Dec. 15). A bit of home-computer trivia for you. Stay tuned. :-)

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