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September 11, 2003

Purdue alumnus, inventor of 'Ctl-Alt-Del' to speak at Rawls Hall

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – David J. Bradley, who received his doctorate in electrical engineering from Purdue University and went on to work at IBM on the first generation of personal computers, will present "The History of the Personal Computer" at 7 p.m. Tuesday (9/16) in Rawls Hall, Room 1062.

"Dr. Dave" Bradley is known as the inventor of the last-chance-before-a-crash "Ctl-Alt-Del" command. His talk, which is free and open to the public, will be of interest to both techies and those interested in the social history of the computer. Bradley will provide an amusing, anecdotal stroll through the history of the IBM PC and its follow-on products from its beginnings in the mid-'70s through the introduction of the IBM PS/2 family in 1987.

Bradley also will relate personal stories from the early days of high tech, including meeting Bill Gates "when he was only worth millions." He also will answer the burning question, "Where did Ctl-Alt-Del come from?" Following the talk, there will be a reception in the third-floor atrium of Rawls Hall.

Bradley's talk is sponsored by the Krannert School of Management E-business Club.

CONTACT: Chuck Johnson, Krannert School of Management director of professional master's degree programs, (765) 496-3668,

Note to Journalists: David J. Bradley will be available for media interviews from 6-6:45 p.m. Tuesday (9/16). Journalists interested in arranging an interview should contact Chuck Johnson at (765) 496-3668,

Writer: Mike Lillich, (765) 494-2077,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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