23117Re: [midatlanticretro] Re: RIP Dennis Ritchie
- Oct 14, 2011On 10/14/2011 10:06 PM, Jeff Jonas wrote:
>> WTF? How is building an exhibit to honorMuseums usually have press releases to announce new exhibits. This
>> two of the greatest minds the electronics
>> world has ever known a "publicity stunt"?
> My objection was the way it was presented as a press release,
is nothing new, and it's usually not frowned upon. LOTS of people were
asking questions (mostly directed at Linear Technology, Jim Williams'
last employer) about what would happen to Jim's famed workbench, likely
worried that it had just been swept into a trash bin, along with his
beloved Tektronix 547. I see the press release as a way to get the word
out that everything is safe, and is being treated with the respect and
reverence it deserves.
> and the immense publicity the California folks generateBut they're both gigantic international organizations, and their
> whereas NJ can't get anywhere that much coverage.
> The IEEE HQ is in NJ,
> the ACM HQ is in NYC.
> I'm yet to meet anyone from either at Infoage.
headquarters are little more than offices and administrative
crap...i.e., *employees*, not necessarily people who are representative
of their membership.
> We might have the first machine on which Unix was developedReally? Tell me more!
> but we have many of them (PDP11, 3B2)Absolutely not. But let's face it: MARCH is a fantastic museum, but
> and is there any other NJ museum better positioned
> to honor the Bell Labs folks?
CHM is friggin' gigantic and rolling in dough. I suspect fame and
dollars trumped geographic relevancy here, if any really existed in
regard to IEEE and ACM. As for Jim Williams and Bob Pease, they both
lived (and died) in California.
Note that I am in no way dissing the MARCH museum (or you for that
matter) here. I talk it up to anyone who'll listen, and even a few who
won't. It's just that I really think you're barking up the wrong tree here.
New Kensington, PA
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