UCLA Prof Recalls Giving Birth to the Internet

It never gets old. More than 42 years after successfully sending a message from one host computer to another, UCLA professor Leonard Kleinrock (pictured) still occasionally does media interviews about that historic October 29, 1969 day.

The latest reporter to reminisce with Kleinrock is Australian afternoon radio show host Bernadette Young. The professor recalled that the first-ever Internet-like message was LOL… without the second “L”:

“There was one programmer upstairs… All we wanted to do was to log in from our computer to their computer. In order to log in, you have to type L-O-G, and that other computer was smart enough to add I-N…”

“Just to make sure, we also created a telephone connection from our end to the other end… We typed the L, we typed the O, we typed the G… CRASH! So the first message ever on the Internet was “LO,” as in lo and behold.”

There’s also some funny stuff about AT&T telling Kleinrock that his thesis would never work, and that even if it did, they wanted “no part of it.”

Listen to the full interview here.

[Photo courtesy UCLA]

@hollywoodspin rhorgan@gmail.com Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.
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