Gordon Patterson

Secret History: The Cutting Edge: Presidential Searches at Florida Tech

A summary of the history of Florida Tech's presidential searches written from the perspective of historian and professor Gordon Patterson.

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Secret History: Requiem for a Tree

Florida Tech says goodbye to a nearly 100-year-old tree and beloved campus landmark.

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Secret History: Creating the World’s First 16-Bit Home Computer and First Interactive Video Game

Brothers Scott, Richard and Eric Adams sparked a digital revolution in the ’70s and ’80s with impacts lasting through today.

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Secret History: The First American Computer Science Undergraduate Degree

Florida Tech, then Brevard Engineering College, launched its first computer course in 1959—without a computer.

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Secret History: “Bombs Away”—The Great Pingpong Ball Shenanigan

Florida Tech held its first homecoming in January 1972. The four-day event proved to be a debacle.

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The Secret History of Florida Tech’s Michelangelo

Dateline: 1978 The knock on the door was unexpected. It was barely seven o’clock in the morning.  Three days earlier, Stanford (Stan) Zone, on June 9, 1978, had graduated from Mel High.  His mother woke her sleeping son and told him that there was a man from Florida Tech there to give him a ride to work.  Forty-two years later, Stan Zone is still…

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Secret History of the Homer R. Denius Student Center

The telegram arrived just before Thanksgiving 1966. 

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Secret History: Let Us Praise an Honorable Man, Q.A. “Hank” Hughes

“There’s [sic] some good memories,” Hank Hughes declared with a sparkle in his eye. 

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The Secret History of Evans Library

The small woman moved with precision as she rearranged the bookshelf. 

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The Secret History of the Frueauff Energy Building

Dateline: 1977/1983 Prologue: The Three Mouseketeers The mouse seemed perplexed. It looked as if it had lost its way. Had it forgotten where it wanted to go? Ed Kalajian’s eyes narrowed when the tiny creature moved. This was not Kalajian’s first rodent sighting since the relocation of Florida Tech’s civil engineering department to the Frueauff Building.  In the mid-1980s, the…

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