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The Great Subway Race of 1967

April 21 @ 7:00 pm8:30 pm

Free — $15


See a 5-min­ute pre­view video here: https://​vimeo​.com/​2​1​2​4​2​3​979

Fifty years ago this mon­th an M.I.T. com­put­er whiz kid named Peter Sam­son and a group of his school­mates attempt­ed one of the most auda­cious stunts in the his­to­ry of the New York City sub­way sys­tem – but almost no one knows about it.

Until now.

On Fri­day, April 21, Michael Mis­cione, the Man­hat­tan Bor­ough His­to­ri­an, will inter­view Peter and one of his school­mates, George Mitchell, as they recount the Great Sub­way Race of 1967.

That year Peter used M.I.T.‘s most advanced com­put­er — a main­frame about the size of a pas­sen­ger ele­va­tor — to cal­cu­late the most effi­cient route to ride the entire sub­way sys­tem in the least amount of time. In their wild attempt to break the exist­ing rid­ing record the team employed pay­phones, run­ners, and a tele­type hook-up between a makeshift “data cen­ter” in mid­town Man­hat­tan and the main­frame in Cam­bridge, Mass.

Come to the event and find out how it all played out.


Hunter Col­lege West Build­ing
SW cor­ner of 68 St. & Lex­ing­ton Ave
New York, NY 10065 Unit­ed States
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