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STOP RUN Owning a Piece of HISTORY Retired IBMer Joseph Gulla and his wife, Rosemarie, jumped at the chance to own a house on the National Historic Register. Historic property has much to teach retired IBMer H Mike Westholder is managing editor of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe edition. Built in 1816, the Marley farmhouse is listed on the National Historic Register. The 15-acre site includes an 1833 barn and about 10 outbuildings from the 1800s and early 1900s that were relocated to the property. The oldest structure on the site had been a mill along Brush Creek dating back to 1790. Though the mill was breached in 1905, remnants of its stacked-stone dam remain. "I found the property by accident," Gulla says. "When the opportunity to own a house on the National Historic Register became possible, we grabbed it. We had confidence we would figure out how to respect the history of the place and make it available for others to use and enjoy." The Gullas' plans included: Ā à Ã+RVWLQJÃHYHQWVÃLQÃWKHÃEDUQ÷ meetings, classes, lectures, concerts à Ã7RXUVÃDQGÃPHHWLQJVÃLQÃWKHà Ā farmhouse ĀÃ3URYLGLQJÃWKHÃODUJHUà à buildings to artists or for writing workshops Ā à Ã0DNLQJÃWKHÃODQGà available for farming and livestock "We had grand ideas and set to march after them," Gulla says. "The more we went, though, we realized, 'Let's not create a plan and carry it out. Instead, let's see what evolves,' " he says. So, while the couple still has goals for the property, they have no specific timeline. "It relieves some of the pressure," he adds. Since buying the property, Gulla has spent hours improving the site and researching its past through county records and the like. A recent milestone project involved clearing the trees and undergrowth that obscured the dam so it's now more easily visible and accessible. Also, a neighbor showed Gulla a slave cemetery adjacent to the land with one marker 40 // NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2013 dating back to 1756. That's spurred Gulla to further research the property's ownership beyond the Marley family, which purchased the land in the 1790s, documents show. Other ideas are also taking shape. In August, the barn hosted a KidZNotes teachers' meeting. Based in Durham, N.C., KidZNotes is a non-profit that seeks to transform disadvantaged children's lives through free musical instruction. Going forward, the space will be made available to similar groups for the cost of utilities, Gulla says. Less than six months in, owning a piece of history has been a learning experience in more ways than one. Gulla concludes: "Buying this property and making it into something that reveals its beauty and importance has reminded me how important it is to get up every day and get to it." PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF JOSEPH GULLA istory frequently teaches that life has ways of changing our best-laid plans. Author, educator and retired IBMer Joseph Gulla and his wife, Rosemarie, learned that firsthand after buying the historic Marley Mills property in Randolph County, N.C., last spring.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013

Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: On the road with analytics
IBM Perspective: Extending IBM's commitment to big data and analytics
Trends: IBM Capacity Management Analytics for zEnterprise cost-effectively ensures optimal performance
IT Today: IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator V4.1 expands the value of high-performance analytics
Case Study: The State of Consolidation: Oklahoma improves service levels by consolidating its IT on zEC12
Cover Story: Big Data's Big Impact: zEnterprise hybrid technology helps redefine business analytics
Feature: The System z Crystal Ball?: Teach the mainframe to predict the future using analytics and automation
Tech Corner: Alternative metrics deliver a more complete view of hardware for server RFPs
Administrator: QMF extends its analytics capabilities to help meet the demands of big data and mobile
Solutions: TestBase; Vanguard Offline
Stop Run: Historic property has much to teach retired IBMer
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
2014 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index

IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2013