I think I am going to buy a computer.
A CRT console that could talk to a mainframe? We had that in my high school in 1970!
Really? We had ASR33s in 1977, except for the physics department who had a Hazeltine-2000 (Hazeltine was a local company; they probably donated it. (I worked there, summer 77!)) CRTs were very rare back then...
When I took Fortran in the early '70s there may or may not have been a CRT on the mainframe, I never really saw the inside of the computer room. Just handed my stack of cards into the lady at the front desk and received my yards of printed output at the end of the day.
CRTs were very rare back then...There was one in every television, so nor rare at all.
The Datapoint 3300 from Computer Terminal Corporation was announced in 1967 and shipped in 1969, making it one of the earliest stand-alone display-based terminals.
Just handed my stack of cards into the lady at the front desk and received my yards of printed output at the end of the day.