Nice haul. Roy was a big wheel in the TRS-80 world;
he did develop one of the better TRS-80, NewDOS.
Hey Evan: I bet Roy would make an interesting
profile for the newsletter.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, May 02, 2005 7:27 PM
Subject: [midatlanticretro] IBM 4956
Series I Minicomputer (plus free items available)
This weekend I
took a Ford cargo van to Virginia to pick up an IBM
4956 Series I
Minicomputer from Mr. Roy Soltoff. I received a tip
from MARCH's own
Kelly Levitt. The system included three harddrives
150 pounds each), a control unit, tape drive, 8" disk
computer system is housed in twin 6' cabinets. It's a 16-
system. I am guessing that this particular unit was originally
installed around ~1979-81. The overall condition is good. I
that this system was a contemporary of the PDP 11. I must be
have taken this, but ....
Roy and I disassembled the IBM
system piece by piece and hauled each
component separately into his lawn
tractor's trailer. We then took
the items up to the driveway to load
into the van. It took 4 hours.
Also included were all the
manuals, disks, literature, etc. that came
with the Series I.
addition to the IBM, Roy had a lot of interesting stories to tell
when he was involved with Tandy computers during the TRS 80
company was called Microsys (mike-ross-iss) and he furnished
systems and software for the Tandy era. Roy was an (or the)
of the TRS 80 Model IV operating system. In fact he had a
TRS 80 Model IV computer, without the FCC label and serial
It has an all-white keyboard.
Roy is cleaning house. In addition
to the IBM Series I, Roy allowed
me to take whatever else I wanted from
his large stash of PC's and
components. I took what I could fit in
the van in the space
remaining. My favorite items were the TRS 80
Model IV prototype,
Tandy Model 12, and a Lobo MAX 80 computer. I
also took few other
systems and a lot of useful cables, manuals, parts, 8"
But there's more there,
especially for IBM/PC collectors!
If anyone is in the VA area, Roy has
the following items to give away:
1) Leading Edge PC (I accidentally took
the manuals, call me to
2) Eagle PC w/ twin 5 1/4" and
external 5mb Percom harddrive
3) Tandy PC (it's a 286, can't
remember the exact model, TA?)
4) Tandy 1000 (a nice one, but I can't
remember the model, not an SX)
5) *Tons* of peripheral control cards for
TRS and PC systems
6) TRS 80 model I monitor clone, a nice Magnavox monitor
7) manuals and software on 5 1/4" and 8"
8) intersting mystery stuff in
various boxes, cables, jacks, etc.
You would need a van to fit it all
if you took everything. Let me
know if you're interested and I will
get you in touch with Roy. There
is enough for more than one
Back to the IBM...I have re-assembled it, now I have to figure
to use it. I know TSO, which I guess will be the user
system, but if you're in the Delaware area, feel free to stop by
kick the tires and lend a hand. I would like to donate this
to a museum after I clean it and test it. This might be a
addition to the technology museum in NJ. Perhaps someone needs
150 40MB harddrive? ha ha