“At the start: Pat McGovern and the birth of Computerworld – – Started in 1967, the newspaper grew into a worldwide publishing concern that to this day continues to cover the tech industry.”


An interesting look back.


Before launching Computerworld, McGovern first sought guidance from the leading computer manufacturers of the time, colloquially known as “Snow White and Seven Dwarfs.” Snow White was IBM, and the seven dwarfs were Burroughs, UNIVAC, NCR, Control Data Corp., Honeywell, General Electric and RCA . . .

In the late 1960s, Computerworld and IDC moved from that Newtonville home to Mount Auburn Street in Cambridge near Harvard Square — a perfect spot for McGovern, who loved young people and ended up hiring mostly MIT and Harvard graduate students from the area.

“All the grad students were just absolutely stoned,” Boyd recalls. “This was the late ’60s and everybody was down with Vietnam and up with pot andRolling Stone. And, we were right in the center of it in Harvard Square.”

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