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THE GREAT SUBWAY RACE OF 1967
April 21, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree (suggested donation of $15)
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.
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.