Fifty years ago this month an M.I.T. computer whiz kid named Peter Samson used the school’s most advanced computer — a mainframe about the size of a passenger elevator — to calculate 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 the team employed payphones, runners, and a teletype hook-up between a makeshift “data center” in midtown Manhattan and the mainframe in Cambridge, Mass. On Friday, April 21, Michael Miscione, the Manhattan Borough Historian, will interview Peter and one of his schoolmates, George Mitchell, as they recount the Great Subway Race of 1967. Watch a 5-minute video preview here: vimeo.com/212423979 then come to the event to learn how it all played out.
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