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Which computers do you mean?

The featured computers used in The Time Tunnel (1966) came from and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964) by way of Lost in Space (1965). They were also used in Batman (1966) and still later in Land of the Giants (1968). They continued to appear in other TV series and movies, or at least bits of them, for some time after that. Supposedly they were all just props, not real computers. I've always wondered a bit about this, though, since some of these were filming at the same time. Were they literally the same props, or had the prop department just "whipped up" some generic computer things and thus the same design appeared over and over? Or did they get a deal on some real ones, at least for some of the props, and thus they "same" thing appeared over and over?

The featured computers in Battlestar Galctica (1978) were from Tektronics. Tek used the fact that the bridge set continued something like $1M of their hardware in some advertisements at the time. Some of this equipment, I've read, was re-used in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, though I can't say myself since I never watched that show.

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Beasts like the B6700 had a large panel of light used for debugging purposes. It showed the Burroughs B when the system was idle, and the letters D-U-M-P when it...

Note that I've said "featured" above. That is, the ones you saw or they zoomed in on most often in places like control rooms, The Time Tunnel and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, the Bat Cave or the bridge set from Battlestar Galactica.

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There were, of course, other computers seen from time to time in various scenes or others in the background. I recall, for example, impressive tall and long panel which was (usually) in the background in The Time Tunnel control area which looked a lot like one which appeared at least once in Battlestar Galactica as an auxiliary (Fire Control?) in some part of the ship... or perhaps on some other ship.

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And now that you mention it, there was also a sit-down type console which showed up frequently in The Time Tunnel which looks a lot like(identical to?) one I saw at the Computer History Museum before it moved away from Boston.

- Bill


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