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Re:Message from a Fidelity employee
« on: April 8, 2005, 06:37AM »
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Thanks, Ismenio.
This proves what I had been told some weeks ago.


P.S.: @ Mike: Very cheap auction, your latest CC 1!
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Message from a Fidelity employee
« Reply #1 on: April 7, 2005, 09:32AM »
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I got an email from a visitor to the site, her name is Sue, and she said she was an employee at Fidelity! I reproduced the message below, with her permission, to share the info with the rest of you.

Keep in mind she said she was in her late teens when she worked there.
I asked about the upgrades to the CC1 and she said a lot of people sent them back for upgrades but she couldn't be sure of any numbers.



I was an employee at Fidelity
Electronics on Diversey Ave in Chicago from 76-77.
Shortly after i started, the owners (2 brothers), had

a secretary, and it was her husband who invented the
first crude version of a computerized chess game
the prototype was very large and POSSIBLY PARTLY
made of plywood about the size of a 19 inch tv if i
remember right, but it was like a 19 inch tv laying on
The secretary showed it to the brothers and they bought
the idea from him. I do not know how much. No such
game existed prior to this,  Shortly after that, the
company who specialized only in biomedical==hearing
aids, prosthestics (hands and elbows, arms) literally
tripled over night because we started making them in
76 shortly after buying the idea. we had buy a
building across the street to assemble them. I worked
in the orig main building. We could not have a patent,
because you cant patent chess or other similar game.
About a yr or 2 later, we had competition, but we had
most sales (we were, the gold standard for a while.
Fidelity was also  featured in the 2ND issue of
2nd issue of US magazine, in 76 or 77, i was still working there.,
but article was more about biomedical (bionics). My
photo isnt in there, but co-workers were in the issue.
In 78 (maybe 79) the company moved to florida, and its
now defunct, I believe yrs later, the brothers sold
the business and retired, and the new owners went
The building on diversity in chgo was ironically
bought  by my uncle and his 2 partners for their
business. (also now defunct).
Hope this history helped you.. Fidelity was the 1st.
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