The One Key that Helped Drive the Computer Revolution – Thanks to IBM

“It’s the ‘Hey, you! Listen to me’ key…it says to the computer: ‘Stop what you’re doing. I need to take control.’ ” It’s the Escape key, the one that reminds the computer of its human master AND the one that’s probably saved you more than once.

And it was invented by an IBMer. The story of how it came to be, in this piece by Pagan Kennedy in the NY Times.

IBM pioneer Bob Bemer

IBM computer pioneer Bob Bemer in an undated family photo (courtesy AP)

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Has the Escape key ever helped you out of a jam? Share your story in the Leave a Reply section below.

–Posted by Regan Kelly

Catch Up with The Greater IBM Connection

In this issue:

  • IBM Retirees, Watch your Mailbox for Annual Enrollment Packet Soon
  • The ESC Key – Did You Know an IBMer Made That?
  • Women at IBM in the News
  • Join the Conversation!

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IBM Retirees, Watch Your Mailbox for Annual Enrollment Packet Soon

IBM retirees, the annual enrollment period for 2013 is about to begin. This year, the enrollment period begins October 25 and runs until November 16.

Very soon, you’ll receive your packet in the mail. Take the time to thoroughly review your current plan benefits and costs, including the Retiree Health Access (RHA) plan option.

IBM is committed to providing high-value retiree benefits, and continues to offer a wide variety of plan options tailored to your needs. To read more about the available benefit plan options, learn about the advantages of each, and see why many IBM retirees and their Medicare eligible dependents have enrolled in the RHA program, click here.

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The ESC Key – Did You Know an IBMer Made That?

It undoubtedly helped drive the computer revolution of the 1970s and ‘80s. “It says to the computer: ‘Stop what you’re doing. I need to take control.’ ”

In other words, it reminds the machine that it has a human master. It’s the Escape key, and it was created by an IBMer.

Read more about the invention and the late Mr. Bob Bremer.

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Women at IBM in the News

In case you overlooked the following stories, here are three blog posts that feature one thing in common: the amazing women associated with IBM. Three not to miss:

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