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Stop Run An eclectic take on the mainframe world Marc Smith’s collection of “Star Trek” memorabilia decorates his home office in Austin, Texas. Star Trekking Destination z project manager’s childhood interest leads to impressive collection By Mike Westholder M arc Smith’s lifelong fascination with “Star Trek” began as a child when he first spied the TV program from his bedroom door. “We lived in an apartment in Dewitt, N.Y.,” recalls the IBM Destination z project manager. “If I cracked my bedroom door open, I could see the TV in the living room and watch it.” When the classic sci-fi program originally aired in 1966, it came on after the then-10-year-old Smith’s bedtime. From those clandestine beginnings, his interest in all things “Star Trek” has grown and today includes a collection of models, posters, figures and other memorabilia decorating his home office in Austin, Texas. The ever-growing “Star Trek” collection includes: hÁEven some Christmas tree ornaments One of those ornaments is a cube-shaped Borg spaceship. “When you turn it on, it says, ‘We are the Borg. Have a merry Christmas. Resistance is futile,’ ” Smith laughs. Another humorous collectible is a red ensign shirt Smith received as a gift. It has the word “expendable” printed on it, referring to the red-shirted, anonymous crew member who was habitually killed off in each week’s episode. Through the years and many iterations of “Star Trek,” Smith’s interest has been consistent, even if the quality of the programs, books, games, films, etc., hasn’t. “Some of those movies, especially the first one, were really lame,” he says. “But I don’t judge ‘Star Trek’ by its cover. If it’s ‘Star Trek,’ I’m in no matter how bad it is.” hÁAction figures Smith’s children have played with hÁModels—open and unopened—of the Starship Enterprise hÁMovie posters, including one signed by Eugene W. Roddenberry, the son of “Star Trek” creator Gene Rodenberry hÁA poster IBM made for the eVulcan e-business solution, which features a boy with Vulcan ears hÁA plaque signed by Mr. Spock himself, Leonard Nimoy Faced with the ultimate “Star Trek” question, “Kirk or Picard?” Smith pauses a moment. “Tough question,” he says. “I guess I’m a Picard fan. He was around longer—seven seasons and four movies.” What’s the TV show’s draw? According to Smith, he enjoys the technology, which may have influenced his interest in computer science during college. But it isn’t just about technology. “I think it’s the combination of putting humanity up front and then the technology,” Smith notes. “It’s about supporting human rights and resolving differences. In a nutshell, that’s what I’ve always liked about it.” Mike Westholder is managing editor of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition. 40 MAY/JUNE 2 012

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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2012
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Editor’s Desk: System z and Linux: The IT Odd Couple?
IBM Perspective: Opportunities Abound With Linux on System z
Insider: Virtualization Brings New Technology to Mainframe Tape
IT Today: What to Consider When Adding a Linux Workload to Your z/VM System
Cover Story: Better Together: Linux on System z gains followers as clients discover its performance and value
Features: Successes Mount for Linux on Mainframe: Usage patterns evolve, building value for organizations
Tech Corner: zHPF Improves Upon Mainframe's I/O Capabilities
Administrator: System Cryptography Capabilities Enable Linux Applications to Run Securely and Efficiently
Solutions/Advertisers Index: Attunity Replicate - ISPF MQ Message Editor for z/OS - Voltage SecureData z/Protect
Stop Run: Destination z Project Manager's Childhood Interest Leads to Impressive Collection
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Special Supplement: Services Blueprint: IBM Systems Lab Services and Training

IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2012