>Were the on-site engineers the same group that had to program the machines
>with all the punchcards? I hear -lots- of stories of a certain person dragging down
>a cart with a whole lot of punchcard boxes at a time for the programmers to run.
No, the CEs were not programmers. I actually have little notion of what they did -- but they did plenty of it. There were times when I had programs on huge decks of punch cards but I did most of my 6600 programming on Intercom, the interactive subsystem. I worked with SCOPE, KRONOS and NOS. Before my time there was another os called Chip (for Chippewa). I also remember PLATO.