First floor stairwell, Watson Lab, 612 West 115th Street. Center right is the timeclock mounting. Upper right corner: the mounting bracket for the time card rack. Left: entrance to IBM's classroom. As noted, the IBM Watson Laborotory scientists ignored the time clock, but those on hourly wages, like grad students, had to use it. Dr. Koenig  tells the tale of one such student, Maurice Eisenstadt, who was also an accomplished musician. He disappeared one day along with Dr. Eckert's secretary, Frone Lund. They returned a month later married, having eloped to Scotland. Eisenstadt had the full highland regalia including bagpipes, which he taught himself to play in the Watson Penthouse at 6:00am every day. When IBM called to ask why he was punching in at 6:00am, Dr. Koenig said "to play bagpipes" and no more was said. Eisenstadt became good enough to earn spots in Brigadoon and PDQ Bach.
Photo: Frank da Cruz.