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The VS community has lost one of its greatest champions. Thomas Junker, the longstanding author of "The Unofficial Wang VS Information Center", has lost his battle with cancer. At his request this site will continue to serve the VS community.


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Comment by Ian Hockey on August 17, 2010 at 12:57pm
I am very sad to hear of Thomas's death. I only met him once many years ago at a Wang event in the US but he was always very helpful in advising on the capabilities of the VS and its successor, the TVS solution. As such he advised on solutions up until the mid 2000s. He will be missed.
Comment by Ernest R. Schreurs on July 23, 2010 at 12:19pm
Since I was very busy, I forgot to check in here for a while. Tom was always in my prayers since I knew he had cancer, and still will be. I am glad he managed to survive as long as he did, to witness the tremendous success of the New VS. Still I am sad to know that eventually he lost the battle. I hope his family knows he was loved by a lot of people, not only because he knew a lot about Wang systems, but also for the personality he was. I enjoyed my visits to Houston. Good luck to all at TVS in keeping his memory alive, and may you all continue to keep his spirit alive.
Comment by Don Winterhalter on June 17, 2010 at 1:22pm
Condolences to his family and friends. He certainly left his mark on the community and things won't be the same without him.
Comment by Warwick Halcrow on June 13, 2010 at 5:02am
This news will sadden all of the Australian and New Zealand members. This is a public holiday long weekend in most of Australia and therefore this news will come as a shock when the members return to this site.

Thomas was more than just an advocate for the WANG VS, but also a sophisticated international computing professional. In this all pervasive technological world, it is hard enough to commercialize, even flavour of the time technologies such as Microsofts, iEverythings and PDAs; however Thomas supported and encouraged the ongoing development, enhancement and integration of legacy systems. He was both a pragmatist and a futurist, he stood on the shoulders of giants and yet refused to throw the baby out with the bath water.

In our 'me to' industry, all too ready to accept ''The King's New Clothes'', we will be sadly bereft by the loss of this true individual.

His family's loss is immeasurable, and our words are hardly fitting such an industry gentleman and intellectual giant. May their burdens be lightened by his release from this dreadful disease and accept our humblest condolences.

Our Deepest Sympathies

Warwick Halcrow
Comment by John Loughnan on June 11, 2010 at 4:42am
Very sad news. The passing of a VS ledgend. Sincere condolences to all family and friends.
Comment by Alain Lederer on June 10, 2010 at 4:04am
Sad news, all our condoleances to his familly and mates.
Comment by Bernard Erny on June 9, 2010 at 8:07am
Very sad news. Without Thomas Junker's site "The Unofficial Wang VS Information Center", I never would have saved our applications running on a legacy Wang VS.
Knowing him thru various emails in the late ninety's, I met Tom and his staff in Houston in May 2007. That was a great experience and after this visit, I bought a NewVS. Gone, but not forgotten.

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