Arthur Lemay's personal page

Arthur E. Lemay
La Rocque
46200 Souillac, France
Phone: +33 (0)6 29 89 71 83

email: arthur.lemay@gmail.com

Arthur E. Lemay
1 Rue Pernelle
75004 Paris, France
Phone: 33 (0) 1 77 10 27 04

Why .ws? ws actually means Western Samoa, but Western Samoa was renamed Samoa in 1997 when it gained independence from eNew Zealand, but the top level domain of .ws stayed in service. I registered in the .ws directory because I wanted my email to be my name, and .ws was the only registry which permitted me to do so.


I am a retired Informatics executive and management consultant. I worked in the computer time sharing industry, and was a large systems development executive and was President of several companies both in services and electronics manufacturing. As a management consultant, I worked with senior executives in companies all over the US, and in Japan. I spent fifteen years doing this before I retired in 2000.

I took the time to learn the process of the Internet and have set up sites in the US and in France. I am a fluent French speaker because I grew up in a French speaking family.

I am a conservative politically, and I post a lot in discussion groups on a lot of different subjects. I am a contrarian and people tell me I have an infuriating writing style, so, I enjoy talking with anyone who cares to call my on Skype in English or French, Skype ID:arthur_lemay


Personal stuff

I grew up in a French speaking family in New England, and am still an Easterner at heart.

I am a member of the Harvard Class of 1959. I was a student in the first course taught at Harvard in computing in 1956, and my degree is in Physics.

I was an Officer in the US Navy in the early 1960's at the Navy Electronics Laboratory, wrote one of the first NELIAC compilers, and developed the management plan for the National Emergency Command Post Afloat, developed the compiler operating system used for that system, and was also a military systems analyst for the implementation of computer systems to implement the US and Nato defense philosophies. I had the heady responsibilty of top secret clearances for both the military operations and the entire data base of the world's nuclear weapons. I discovered, later, that I was assigned a team of National security staff to follow me around and protect me. They would wake me up in hotel rooms by sitting at my bedside and quizzing me about my security practices, and all the details of my private life. So, I gave it up. But, when I quizzed my superior officers about this, they reminded me that there were only five people in the world with such a combination of clearances, and, it was only prudent to make sure that I was not in harm's way.

After deciding to leave the world of top secret defense analysis, I worked at IBM, and was the national account salesman for the Raytheon Corporation, one of IBM's very largest customers, and I hated it, but I was also liaison for the new industry of digital microwave. And, I made a lot of good friends in both companies.

I was technical director of the first US commercial time-sharing service, at Keydata in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where we developed time shared computer applications for small companies all over the US. This was in the heyday of project MAC at MIT, which resulted in the development of UNIX, and the IBM scientific center where the first commercial virtual memory computer (in the US) was developed. And, we all met in the bar at the Tech Square house where we all knew each other by name, and made late night visits to each other's facilities in the spirit of showing off. The world of computing was very small then.

Then, I went to Chicago, where I had my first Vice President title and was technical director and systems architect of the Trans Union on-line credit network, which has become a world-wide network with millions of on-line users. I asked a start up company to provide us with digital microwave services and was MCI's first customer in 1971, with a custom installation with special tariffs which gave us a competitive edge.

I was asked to be President of a computer services firm in Boston (which was my home for many years), and I ran an on-line company in banking and financial services. I was active on the National Commission on Electronic Funds Transfers in the 1970's, and later worked with many financial institutions in New York in developing strategies for national and international financial services.

I was later an executive in several information services companies, and later division GM and President of a subsidiary telecommunication manufacturing firm in Canada. This was a part of Amdahl Corporation in California.

I was a Management Consultant with a Chicago based High Tech consulting firm, and, then for 15 years, worked as a free-lance consultant with clients in all parts of the US and in Japan.

I am now retired after this career in Informatics, and I took this opportunity to learn the technology of the web since I had occasion to meet some of the builders of what we now know as the Internet. I also have my hobby of top-end European exotic cars and I own (or have owned), Rolls Royces, Ferraris, Aston Martins, and ALFA's.

I contribute to Wikipedia on the subject of the early origins of computer technology in the 1950's and 1960's. I wired IBM accounting machines (EAM) when I was in high school, before internally programmed computers became available. I also worked on the world's first self-compiled compiler with people now recognized as the pioneers of computing, both Harry Husky (later President of the ACM), and, of course, the irascible and far sighted Grace Hopper (then a Commander USN).

I used my first personal computer (in the modern sense) in 1978, and I travelled with my Radio Shack TRS-80 using the Telex network to send and receive messages (300 bps, I kid you not!). Since then, I have used the entire Intel based architecture for every model since the 086,286,386,486, and, of course the Pentiums, and all the operating systems starting with DOS1. I have installed and use Linux (Red Hat, SuSE, Debian) and the MACs, now with OS X.