Sunday, June 7, 2009

ENIAC Originators' Descendants: Terrible Misfortune

Pete Forde says:

I've known the family in this article well for a decade; one sister I met at a 2600 conference and became my roommate — twice — and the other joined me at RailsConf last year and made me promise not to tell anyone about her grandparents.

Of key interest from the article:

"For the last year of her life, Moos' mother allowed Eva to skip her mortgage payments when money was tight, which was nearly always. The mother, Kathleen Mauchly Antonelli, had programmed the first electronic computer, ENIAC, which her first husband and Eva's father, John Mauchly, had developed with his partner, J. Presper Eckert."

So, the direct descendants of some of the key figures in the origin of digital computing are getting fucked by the banks, the day after their autistic brother drowned in the bathtub. It's an emotional, sad story and their outlook is extremely bleak.

I'm really hoping that this story can make make the rounds in the hope that someone might "do something".