Regarding Joanne Conti's request for information on collector Bill Weimer,
John Lorenzo writes:
I was introduced to Bill Weimer by Dick Punchard sometime in the 1980’s. Dick hosted occasional meetings in Minneapolis for local EAC members and Bill drove up from Rochester, Minnesota. During the period around 1984 to 1986, our core group included Dick, Wes Rasmussen, Bill Weimer and me.
I recall that Bill was working on his set of middle date cents. He worked in technology education at the IBM plant in Rochester. He said that IBM stood for “I’ve been moved.”
At the time, I collected “dominoes.” Here is how that worked. Wes would buy an MS-63 to upgrade his AU-50. He would sell the AU-50 to Bill to upgrade his VF-35. Bill would sell the VF-35 to Dick to upgrade his VF-20. Dick would sell the VF-20 to me to upgrade my VG-8. Since there was nowhere else for the dominoes to fall, I was stuck with the VG-8 as a duplicate.
In 1986 I was working for the Minneapolis school district and served on a committee to recommend the purchase of a computer system to handle word processing. We were looking for a group of small computers linked through a network to a large computer. Such networking was not common at that time.
IBM made large computers with one operating system and small computers with a different operating system. They invited our group to visit Rochester and see how they could get the two systems to communicate. The demonstration did not go well. Anyway, Bill joined us for lunch at IMB that day. He was not part of the sales team but joined us because he knew me.
Bill sold his library through Cal Wilson on January 16, 1987. He sold his large cents through Kagin’s on February 12, 1987. He was transferred out of state again by IBM and I lost touch.
When I Google his name today, I find that a William A. Weimer wrote a book, Who’s That Clown at My Desk? in 2006. The bio for the author says that he was in Human Resources and technology education for IMB. That fits.
The author bio says that William A. Weimer was born in 1934 in Freeport, Illinois. He graduated from Purdue and worked for IBM from 1956 to 1989. At last report he was retired and living in Asheville, North Carolina.