[mailhist-discuss] Segments of email history

Suzanne Johnson FUHN at POBOX.COM
Sat Jun 2 12:37:26 PDT 2012

On Thu, 31 May 2012 17:01:04 +0200, Dave Crocker wrote:
> On 5/28/2012 1:13 AM, Jack Haverty wrote:
>> As a candidate "event with downstream influence", I suggest the ICCC
>> '72 - International Conference on Computer Communication, held 
>> October
>> 24-26, 1972 at the Washington Hilton.
> Hmmm.  Your reference to demonstrations of single-machine email 
> accessed
> via telnet notwithstanding, I'm hard-pressed to see the '72 Arpanet
> Coming Out Party as a milestone for this sort of email history list 
> per se.
> What do the rest of you think?

First thanks to Thomas Haigh for the pointer to the latest email 
related article.  I might not have seen it otherwise.

And, indeed LINK was the Tenex capability similar to IM (there was also 
an ADVISE, but that's another topic).  I loved Tenex for capabilities 
like those, they made working with remote users SO much easier.

Regarding thoughts on the 1972 conference.  I did not know about this 
conference, but it filled in some blanks for me as I read about it.  I 
did not come to the Arpanet via CS, but rather via  Chemistry.  When I 
joined Sumex-AIM (Stanford) in about 1973, we had just become the first 
non-DOD funded facility on the Arpanet and we were treading our way 
carefully.  When several of us chemists presented a paper at an Am Chem 
Soc meeting in 1975, the person moderating the session spoke of the 
Arpanet as "a solution looking for a problem...".  So, there was some 
considerable feeling outside of CS that it was not clear how the Arpanet 
would or could be used.  Our paper, in addition to discussing chemical 
computation and AI also discussed the utility of community wide 

I would like to know more about the 1972 conference..was it invitation 
only?  Only CS and Engr participants?  US or world-wide invitees?

So, while we have those iconic engineering events that are fairly well 
documented, we may also need to document certain events of an 
administrative or possibly community-building nature, like this 1972 
meeting.  It may bring us closer to understanding and explaining how we 
got from there to here.


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