[SIGCIS-Members] Recent Posts / Messageries - vintage e.mail

Pierre MOUNIER-KUHN mounier at msh-paris.fr
Thu Mar 23 05:04:04 PDT 2017


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Hi Peggy,

Please find attached a "vintage" electronic mail, exchanged in Dec. 1973 between Len Kleinrock, Vint Cerf and Gerard Le Lann.
Hope it adds a few grams of evidence in the therapy against "post-truth"…

The words "Message for LeLann" were circled to his attention by his secretary – a division of labor which soon disappeared in R&D network practices, but survived in other professional spheres until the end of the century.

The message includes a warning of service interruption (TENEX will go down ...), as Le Lann stresses in his comment (enclosed).

Best,
Pierre

Pierre Mounier-Kuhn
CNRS & Université Paris-Sorbonne
https://cnrs.academia.edu/PierreMounierKuhn
http://koyre.ehess.fr/docannexe/file/2183/mounier_kuhn_cv_anglais_2016.compressed.pdf




----- Mail transféré -----
> De: "Gerard Le_Lann" <gerard.le_lann at inria.fr>
> À: "Pierre MOUNIER-KUHN" <mounier at msh-paris.fr>
> Cc: "Claude Ducarouge" <claude.ducarouge at wanadoo.fr>, "Daniel Poirson" <danielgpoirson at gmail.com>
> Envoyé: Lundi 27 Février 2017 10:48:27
> Objet: Re: Messageries
> 
> Bonjour,
> 
> J'ai retrouvé un exemplaire de print de email Arpanet de 1973, encore lisible
> (on utilisait des télétypes à papier thermique, qui se voile petit à petit à
> la lumière), cf. pj. Les quelques autres sont devenus quasi-indéchiffrables
> lorsqu'on les scanne.
> J'ai eu le feu vert de V. Cerf et L. Kleinrock pour distribution.
> Pour info, l'assistante de Vint a cerclé mon nom quand elle m'a remis ce
> print (avec la plaquette que je devais remettre à Len de la part de Vint).
> Notez l'existence, à cette époque, de notifications d'interruption de service
> (TENEX will go down ...) à l'avance.
> Bien cordialement.
> 
> Gérard Le Lann


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De: "Kidwell, Peggy" <kidwellp at si.edu>
À: members at lists.sigcis.org
Envoyé: Vendredi 17 Février 2017 14:41:13
Objet: [SIGCIS-Members] Recent Posts

I’m intrigued by recent messages concerning early electronic messages.  Should anyone have examples of such messages and related software, I’d be delighted to consider them for the Smithsonian collections (complementing the materials elsewhere that Janet and others have used).

 
Also, on the book and movie Hidden Figures, two recent blogs might be of interest:

https://airandspace.si.edu/stories/editorial/hidden-figures-and-human-computers

http://americanhistory.si.edu/blog/hidden-figures.

 
Best -
 
Peggy Kidwell
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