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THE GREAT SUBWAY RACE OF 1967

April 21, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Free (suggested donation of $15)
Peter Samson (hanging on strap) and his M.I.T. schoolmates during their 1966 riding attempt. They would miss the record by less than two minutes, but try again in 1967.

Fifty years ago this month, an M.I.T. computer whiz kid named Peter Samson and a group of his schoolmates attempted one of the most audacious stunts in the history of the New York City subway system. Using M.I.T.’s most advanced computer – a mainframe about the size of a passenger elevator – the students calculated the most efficient route to ride the entire subway system in the least amount of time. In their wild attempt to break the existing riding record, they employed payphones, runners, and a teletype hook-up between a makeshift “data center” in Midtown, Manhattan and the mainframe in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

On Friday, April 21st, join Michael Miscione, the Manhattan Borough Historian, Peter Samson, and George Mitchell at Hunter College for a recounting of the Great Subway Race of 1967.

 

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Supported by CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities (CISC) at Hunter College, General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of the City of New York, the New York Transit Museum, and Sam Schwartz Engineering.

 

 

Details

Date:
April 21, 2017
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Cost:
Free (suggested donation of $15)
Website:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-great-subway-race-of-1967-tickets-33530635032

Venue

Hunter College West Building
121 East 67th Street
New York, NY 10065 United States
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