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Did you use a Wang 1200 back in the day, or perhaps are a former Wang employee? Share your memories below! Because of spammers, all submissions go through a spam filter service, taking a few seconds to be approved. If you would rather communicate privately, use the email link at the bottom of this page.

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Ben Chu writes...
Its a great collection of Valuable Wang assets.
Posted on December 22, 2014 - 02:23:22 EST
Ben Chu writes...
I was a service engineer of Wang Taiwan from 1968, in 1981, Taiwan Government Information Office has installed a Wang Phototypesetter to publishing governments official magazines. We appreciate does anyone can offer me the photo of Wang phototypesetter. my email:
Posted on December 10, 2014 - 23:03:09 EST
Sharon Watkins writes...
Hi Shara Craig. I was also looking for the game. My son found it for me on Google Play - you can download it for free. It's called "Colossal Cave Adventure". I found my old map of all the caves and directions that I had kept for almost 30 years. I had great fun playing the game with my son (on his Samsung Tablet). Now I have to buy my own tablet to play the game. I aim to try and complete the map. If you would like a copy, you can email me on
Posted on July 7, 2014 - 05:10:24 EDT
Evelyn (McGuire) Streck writes...
I started with Wang in 1971 as a part time night switchboard operator leaving in 1993 as the Director of Meetings & Incentives. What a fabulous journey!!!

Thanks to Ed Lesnick, John Cunningham, Harold Koplow, and especially Dr. Wang, I was given unimaginable opportunities and traveled the world. To think, it all started when Ed asked me to be on the cover of the first Word Processing brochure (because they couldn't afford a model) In fact, that's me in the yellow pant suit and head shot over 'List Processing' column of the attached Word Processing brochure as well as in the Photocomposition brochure. (I also have copies of the 1222, WCS 20 and WCS 30 - that yellow pant suit got a lot of use!).

I became the first word processing 'demo dolly' and headed the demonstration team at the MPI (Meeting Planners International) Conference when the floppy disc based system was launched. Toward the end of my long career at Wang, I was intrusted to lead the Wang User Group and it's annual Conferences (attended by 5,000 users in Boston) as well as the National Sales Meetings, and annual Sales Achievers & Chairman's Clubs trips.

After leaving Wang I moved to Florida where I put my meeting planning experience to work forming my own successful company which I just recently retired from.

Thank you Wang - you transformed my life and help me achieve unimaginable success.
Posted on April 2, 2014 - 19:29:39 EDT
I worked on the Wang 1222 for scientific journal articles starting in 1972 or 73 at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory. (Attended training in the Bay Area.). Was such a relief and time saver to not have to re-type an entire paper due to editing changes! A fantastic addition to the office! Later worked on the Wang 30 and 130 in the Printing Department at LLNL.

I developed my strong interest in typesetting and publishing through these early word processing computers. The Wang 1222 was an especially helpful training process for understanding the logic and workings of a computer's storage and function. (couldn't see what I was producing until printed out, so had to develop a strong understanding of what was going on internally with what I entered). Later in my career I became the first woman Journeyman Typesetter at a Oregon State University..and it all started with the Wang 1222, Thank you Wang!!!

Thank you so much for this website! It has been fun remembering the "old" days and reading about other's experiences.
Posted on April 15, 2013 - 20:50:12 EDT
Shara Craig writes...
I took a Word Processing class in 1983 and was taught how to use Wang. I also used it in the Army from 1986-1989 quite extensively as I was a Legal Specialist and was an expert on Wang and using the special ruler to format documents. I used it again for just a few more years at Syntex Pharmaceuticals until the PC and WordPerfect took over.

What I really want to know about is a game I used to play on it. It was an adventure game, but I don't recall all the details. Can you fill me I; and is there any way I can somehow play it for old time sakes?

Thank you, this is a great website.
Posted on October 14, 2012 - 22:02:42 EDT
Larry Drown writes...
I worked for Wang in the 1974-75 time frame. When I left they had just started making the new computer line, I remember them going down the lines. I worked in the typewriter area with Dell,Joe,Ted, Penny,and Dennis. Hank was the dept head and "cuddles" was the supervisor. We would rebuild the off lease selectric typewriters so they could reused them again for the 1220 line. I also did in house service on the 1200 line for the offices, the assembly line and the QC dept before shipping. I even repaired the 1220 in An office a few times. Willie would kept the records of the repairs/rebuilds and he did it on 3x5 cards, we had the 700's around, but did not used them for databases. I did learn how too program the paper tapes for photo type setting, we had to tell the teacher what the holes mean and make funny outputs. Paul was a engineer that i would work with on making special test equipment, a couple i remember working on with him was a dot print head tester and a tester for op sensors. I also hang around with the guys in the board repair area. I some times wonder why I left as it was a fun place to work. Thanks for bring back the memories of Wang and building a fun site.
Posted on May 6, 2012 - 16:58:39 EDT
Chuck Gaylord writes...
A Wang 1200 appears in the 2011 movie version of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. That is what lead me to this website. I love your collection of TTL schematic diagrams. At 85, I find that I can still read them like a book. Thank you for giving my gray cells something to do. In 1967 I helped Ken Brooks design an intereface between AT&T's Automatic Intertoll Test Circuit and an IBM card punch/card reader and electric typewriter. The logic consisted of one gross wire spring realays, 54 electro-mechanical counters, a WECo Noise Measuring Set and two cards loaded with discrete transistors. Integrated circuits came later for me. Ken and I were the first civilians allowed by IBM to interface with and slightly modify their equipment. Or so I have been told. I don't care what you say, Gooogle Search is the greatest thing since sliced bread! Thank you for your site!!!
Posted on February 5, 2012 - 10:48:41 EST
Steve Cook writes...
Great site, very interesting reading indeed. My personal interest is in IBM Selectrics and the Hybrids based around it. Do you know the specifics of the 'spring' referred to which was behind the carriage position issues with the Wang 1200?

Posted on November 19, 2011 - 07:38:21 EST
Bill writes...
I worked for Wang from about 1974 until 1979. I started out in field service for the 1200 and was there through the 1220, the 1222, and the WPS. Although I moved to the computer side of the house, I still did some WP stuff when they were overloaded. Contrary to some of the material you read the IBM Mag Tape (MT/ST) was out before the 1200, and the Mag card was a competitor. The advent of the Mac, and then the PC, pretty much killed the word processor business.
Posted on April 27, 2011 - 23:12:46 EDT
Mark Schorr writes...
Glad that you have put this history together. I started at Wang in 1979 and was put to work immediately revising the 5548z Typesetter manual and went on to write various printer manuals.
Posted on May 20, 2010 - 10:26:43 EDT