Very inspiring, thank you.
One possible minor technical correction to the caption on your first photo (B&W):
Peter Lipman: VMS 1.0 Group Photo — Digital Equipment Corp — Framingham, MA
My guess this is actually from Maynard MA, not Framingham MA, taken at the other end of the parking lot by Building 5. While I wasn’t in that group, I did work at the mill for a while shortly before then. Except for somewhat larger trees, your photo location looks a lot like the view from this Maynard corner in Google Street View:
Doesn’t affect the inspiration of your story. Again thanks for publishing.