Computing News (partially found early computer magazine/newsletter; 1950s-1960s)

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The cover for Issue #216 of Computing News.

Status: Partially Found

Computing News was one of the earliest magazines or newsletters that focused on the growing world of computers. It was produced twice a month on the 1st and 15th day of that month.[1] Based on this schedule, it is believed that the first issue was released on March 15th, 1953. The latest issue that is currently known to have been produced was issue 217 on March 15th, 1962.[2] It is unknown when the last issue was produced. The magazine/newsletter was produced out of Thousand Oaks, California. The publisher and editor are listed as Jackson W. Granholm. The Circulation Manager is listed as Lois K. Fraser. The Business Manager is listed as D.E. Granholm, probably a family member of Jackson Granholm. The Production Manager was Ian Dunn, and the publishing information noted that the facilities of a company called Dunn Enterprises were used for the production.[1]

Format[edit | edit source]

The few currently surviving issues from 1962 show that most of the content consisted of true stories from the world of computing. For example, in issue #217, we can see an article discussing a demonstration by the UNIVAC division of the Rand Sperry Corporation that they called "Computer Library". Essentially, UNIVAC asked some of the famous authors of the time to provide their thoughts on various topics. This data was then entered into the computer. A user at the event could then use the computer to call up the stored information.[2]

However, each of the surviving issues also has a humourous fictional story, written by a "Dr. P.Y. Reebe". For example, in issue #216, we get a story called "Glitch Gets Five Aces". In this story, a man named Henry Glitch brings the fictional LDZ-40 computer to the fictional "Star Bust Casino", which is a play on the real "Star Dust Casino". He feeds information into the computer and has it tell him what moves to make in a game of five-hand poker for him. However, he ends up losing.[1] The surviving issues contain artwork to go with these fictional stories, but the signature is unclear, and the illustrator is never credited elsewhere. Issue #217 contains a comic from Ron Coleman, and the front page tagline of "Coleman Returns" suggests that he was a regular contributor.[2]

Lost Media Status[edit | edit source]

Only issue #216 (Volume 10, Number 5, from March 1st, 1962) and issue #217 (Volume 10, Number 6, from March 15th, 1962) have resurfaced. While it appears that at least 217 issues were produced, it is not known if there were any more after that. Also, the mailing address for the Business Manager still exists in Thousand Oaks, California. However, it contains a family home that was built in 1959, and it was sold most recently in 1996. Given that the dates and schedule suggest that the magazine/newsletter debuted on March 15th, 1953, it is likely that the address was different in releases prior to 1959. Also, it is likely that the original owners who worked on the magazine/newsletter have moved away.[3]

The virtual card catalogue for the U.S. Copyright Office contains a set of ten catalogue cards that were filed in relation to Computing News. The earliest known card pertains to overall issue #36 from September 1st, 1954. This card also shows that the magazine/newsletter was originally copyrighted by a single person, Fred Joseph Gruenberger. However, two later cards show that the copyright claimant was changed to Computing News itself. The very last card confirms the date of issue #147 as April 15, 1959. The set of cards list the dates for the following complete ranges of issues: #36, #55, #85, #87, #93-#96, #98-#119, and #122-#147. When someone is registering copyright via the U.S. Copyright Office, it is standard practice to submit a reference copy of the document that is being copyrighted. It is unknown whether the U.S. Copyright Office retains reference copies of those Computing News issues, but they do not distribute reference copies. [4]

Issue List[edit | edit source]

Issue Number (Overall) Volume Number Issue Number (for a given volume) Approx. Release Date Status
#1 1 1 Mar 15th, 1953 Lost
#2 1 2 Apr 1st, 1953 Lost
#3 1 3 Apr 15th, 1953 Lost
#4 1 4 May 1st, 1953 Lost
#5 1 5 May 15th, 1953 Lost
#6 1 6 Jun 1st, 1953 Lost
#7 1 7 Jun 15th, 1953 Lost
#8 1 8 Jul 1st, 1953 Lost
#9 1 9 Jul 15th, 1953 Lost
#10 1 10 Aug 1st, 1953 Lost
#11 1 11 Aug 15th, 1953 Lost
#12 1 12 Sep 1st, 1953 Lost
#13 1 13 Sep 15th, 1953 Lost
#14 1 14 Oct 1st, 1953 Lost
#15 1 15 Oct 15th, 1953 Lost
#16 1 16 Nov 1st, 1953 Lost
#17 1 17 Nov 15th, 1953 Lost
#18 1 18 Dec 1st, 1953 Lost
#19 1 19 Dec 15, 1953 Lost
#20 2 1 Jan 1st, 1954 Lost
#21 2 2 Jan 15th, 1954 Lost
#22 2 3 Feb 1st, 1954 Lost
#23 2 4 Feb 15th, 1954 Lost
#24 2 5 Mar 1st, 1954 Lost
#25 2 6 Mar 15th, 1954 Lost
#26 2 7 Apr 1st, 1954 Lost
#27 2 8 Apr 15th, 1954 Lost
#28 2 9 May 1st, 1954 Lost
#29 2 10 May 15th, 1954 Lost
#30 2 11 Jun 1st, 1954 Lost
#31 2 12 Jun 15th, 1954 Lost
#32 2 13 Jul 1st, 1954 Lost
#33 2 14 Jul 15th, 1954 Lost
#34 2 15 Aug 1st, 1954 Lost
#35 2 16 Aug 15th, 1954 Lost
#36 2 17 Sep 1st, 1954 Lost
#37 2 18 Sep 15th, 1954 Lost
#38 2 19 Oct 1st, 1954 Lost
#39 2 20 Oct 15th, 1954 Lost
#40 2 21 Nov 1st, 1954 Lost
#41 2 22 Nov 15th, 1954 Lost
#42 2 23 Dec 1st, 1954 Lost
#43 2 24 Dec 15th, 1954 Lost
#44 3 1 Jan 1st, 1955 Lost
#45 3 2 Jan 15th, 1955 Lost
#46 3 3 Feb 1st, 1955 Lost
#47 3 4 Feb 15th, 1955 Lost
#48 3 5 Mar 1st, 1955 Lost
#49 3 6 Mar 15th, 1955 Lost
#50 3 7 Apr 1st, 1955 Lost
#51 3 8 Apr 15th, 1955 Lost
#52 3 9 May 1st, 1955 Lost
#53 3 10 May 15th, 1955 Lost
#54 3 11 Jun 1st, 1955 Lost
#55 3 12 Jun 15th, 1955 Lost
#56 3 13 Jul 1st, 1955 Lost
#57 3 14 Jul 15th, 1955 Lost
#58 3 15 Aug 1st, 1955 Lost
#59 3 16 Aug 15th, 1955 Lost
#60 3 17 Sep 1st, 1955 Lost
#61 3 18 Sep 15th, 1955 Lost
#62 3 19 Oct 1st, 1955 Lost
#63 3 20 Oct 15th, 1955 Lost
#64 3 21 Nov 1st, 1955 Lost
#65 3 22 Nov 15th, 1955 Lost
#66 3 23 Dec 1st, 1955 Lost
#67 3 24 Dec 15th, 1955 Lost
#68 4 1 Jan 1st, 1956 Lost
#69 4 2 Jan 15th, 1956 Lost
#70 4 3 Feb 1st, 1956 Lost
#71 4 4 Feb 15th, 1956 Lost
#72 4 5 Mar 1st, 1956 Lost
#73 4 6 Mar 15th, 1956 Lost
#74 4 7 Apr 1st, 1956 Lost
#75 4 8 Apr 15th, 1956 Lost
#76 4 9 May 1st, 1956 Lost
#77 4 10 May 15th, 1956 Lost
#78 4 11 Jun 1st, 1956 Lost
#79 4 12 Jun 15th, 1956 Lost
#80 4 13 Jul 1st, 1956 Lost
#81 4 14 Jul 15th, 1956 Lost
#82 4 15 Aug 1st, 1956 Lost
#83 4 16 Aug 15th, 1956 Lost
#84 4 17 Sep 1st, 1956 Lost
#85 4 18 Sep 15th, 1956 Lost
#86 4 19 Oct 1st, 1956 Lost
#87 4 20 Oct 15th, 1956 Lost
#88 4 21 Nov 1st, 1956 Lost
#89 4 22 Nov 15th, 1956 Lost
#90 4 23 Dec 1st, 1956 Lost
#91 4 24 Dec 15th, 1956 Lost
#92 5 1 Jan 1st, 1957 Lost
#93 5 2 Jan 15th, 1957 Lost
#94 5 3 Feb 1st, 1957 Lost
#95 5 4 Feb 15th, 1957 Lost
#96 5 5 Mar 1st, 1957 Lost
#97 5 6 Mar 15th, 1957 Lost
#98 5 7 Apr 1st, 1957 Lost
#99 5 8 Apr 15th, 1957 Lost
#100 5 9 May 1st, 1957 Lost
#101 5 10 May 15th, 1957 Lost
#102 5 11 Jun 1st, 1957 Lost
#103 5 12 Jun 15th, 1957 Lost
#104 5 13 Jul 1st, 1957 Lost
#105 5 14 Jul 15th, 1957 Lost
#106 5 15 Aug 1st, 1957 Lost
#107 5 16 Aug 15th, 1957 Lost
#108 5 17 Sep 1st, 1957 Lost
#109 5 18 Sep 15th, 1957 Lost
#110 5 19 Oct 1st, 1957 Lost
#111 5 20 Oct 15th, 1957 Lost
#112 5 21 Nov 1st, 1957 Lost
#113 5 22 Nov 15th, 1957 Lost
#114 5 23 Dec 1st, 1957 Lost
#115 5 24 Dec 15th, 1957 Lost
#116 6 1 Jan 1st, 1958 Lost
#117 6 2 Jan 15th, 1958 Lost
#118 6 3 Feb 1st, 1958 Lost
#119 6 4 Feb 15th, 1958 Lost
#120 6 5 Mar 1st, 1958 Lost
#121 6 6 Mar 15th, 1958 Lost
#122 6 7 Apr 1st, 1958 Lost
#123 6 8 Apr 15th, 1958 Lost
#124 6 9 May 1st, 1958 Lost
#125 6 10 May 15th, 1958 Lost
#126 6 11 Jun 1st, 1958 Lost
#127 6 12 Jun 15th, 1958 Lost
#128 6 13 Jul 1st, 1958 Lost
#129 6 14 Jul 15th, 1958 Lost
#130 6 15 Aug 1st, 1958 Lost
#131 6 16 Aug 15th, 1958 Lost
#132 6 17 Sep 1st, 1958 Lost
#133 6 18 Sep 15th, 1958 Lost
#134 6 19 Oct 1st, 1958 Lost
#135 6 20 Oct 15th, 1958 Lost
#136 6 21 Nov 1st, 1958 Lost
#137 6 22 Nov 15th, 1958 Lost
#138 6 23 Dec 1st, 1958 Lost
#139 6 24 Dec 15th, 1958 Lost
#140 7 1 Jan 1st, 1959 Lost
#141 7 2 Jan 15th, 1959 Lost
#142 7 3 Feb 1st, 1959 Lost
#143 7 4 Feb 15th, 1959 Lost
#144 7 5 Mar 1st, 1959 Lost
#145 7 6 Mar 15th, 1959 Lost
#146 7 7 Apr 1st, 1959 Lost
#147 7 8 Apr 15th, 1959 Lost
#148 7 9 May 1st, 1959 Lost
#149 7 10 May 15th, 1959 Lost
#150 7 11 Jun 1st, 1959 Lost
#151 7 12 Jun 15th, 1959 Lost
#152 7 13 Jul 1st, 1959 Lost
#153 7 14 Jul 15th, 1959 Lost
#154 7 15 Aug 1st, 1959 Lost
#155 7 16 Aug 15th, 1959 Lost
#156 7 17 Sep 1st, 1959 Lost
#157 7 18 Sep 15th, 1959 Lost
#158 7 19 Oct 1st, 1959 Lost
#159 7 20 Oct 15th, 1959 Lost
#160 7 21 Nov 1st, 1959 Lost
#161 7 22 Nov 15th, 1959 Lost
#162 7 23 Dec 1st, 1959 Lost
#163 7 24 Dec 15th, 1959 Lost
#164 8 1 Jan 1st, 1960 Lost
#165 8 2 Jan 15th, 1960 Lost
#166 8 3 Feb 1st, 1960 Lost
#167 8 4 Feb 15th, 1960 Lost
#168 8 5 Mar 1st, 1960 Lost
#169 8 6 Mar 15th, 1960 Lost
#170 8 7 Apr 1st, 1960 Lost
#171 8 8 Apr 15th, 1960 Lost
#172 8 9 May 1st, 1960 Lost
#173 8 10 May 15th, 1960 Lost
#174 8 11 Jun 1st, 1960 Lost
#175 8 12 Jun 15th, 1960 Lost
#176 8 13 Jul 1st, 1960 Lost
#177 8 14 Jul 15th, 1960 Lost
#178 8 15 Aug 1st, 1960 Lost
#179 8 16 Aug 15th, 1960 Lost
#180 8 17 Sep 1st, 1960 Lost
#181 8 18 Sep 15th, 1960 Lost
#182 8 19 Oct 1st, 1960 Lost
#183 8 20 Oct 15th, 1960 Lost
#184 8 21 Nov 1st, 1960 Lost
#185 8 22 Nov 15th, 1960 Lost
#186 8 23 Dec 1st, 1960 Lost
#187 8 24 Dec 15t, 1960 Lost
#188 9 1 Jan 1st, 1961 Lost
#189 9 2 Jan 15th, 1961 Lost
#190 9 3 Feb 1st, 1961 Lost
#191 9 4 Feb 15th, 1961 Lost
#192 9 5 Mar 1st, 1961 Lost
#193 9 6 Mar 15th, 1961 Lost
#194 9 7 Apr 1st, 1961 Lost
#195 9 8 Apr 15th, 1961 Lost
#196 9 9 May 1st, 1961 Lost
#197 9 10 May 15th, 1961 Lost
#198 9 11 Jun 1st, 1961 Lost
#199 9 12 Jun 15th, 1961 Lost
#200 9 13 Jul 1st, 1961 Lost
#201 9 14 Jul 15th, 1961 Lost
#202 9 15 Aug 1st, 1961 Lost
#203 9 16 Aug 15th, 1961 Lost
#204 9 17 Sep 1st, 1961 Lost
#205 9 18 Sep 15th, 1961 Lost
#206 9 19 Oct 1st, 1961 Lost
#207 9 20 Oct 15th, 1961 Lost
#208 9 21 Nov 1st, 1961 Lost
#209 9 22 Nov 15th, 1961 Lost
#210 9 23 Dec 1st, 1961 Lost
#211 9 24 Dec 15th, 1961 Lost
#212 10 1 Jan 1st, 1962 Lost
#213 10 2 Jan 15th, 1962 Lost
#214 10 3 Feb 1st, 1962 Lost
#215 10 4 Feb 15th, 1962 Lost
#216 10 5 Mar 1st, 1962 Found
#217 10 6 Mar 15th, 1962 Found

Gallery[edit | edit source]

U.S. Copyright Office Catalog Cards[edit | edit source]

Covers and Illustrations[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]