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From: Jon Steinhart <>
To: TUHS main list <>
Subject: Re: [TUHS] Coastal cultures, collaboration, creativity and Sun vs DEC.
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2022 12:57:21 -0800	[thread overview]
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Rob Pike writes:
> Similar. Everyone at Bell Labs was so *proper*.  (Except Ken, of course.
> Ken is *sui generis*, and a Californian).
> I'm sure it wasn't really me, but it felt like I was the first person to
> utter a curse word in the Unix room.

That might be a technicality.  I discovered the Unix room late one night
when blood sugar was running low so I hit the candy machines on the sixth
floor of building 2.  While I was getting my snack, I heard a robotic
voice coming from down the hall saying "fuck fuck fuck fuck".  I had to
investigate.  Found a small door with a frosted glass window that had an
8.5x11 piece of paper taped to in on which was spelled out the word UNIX
in block letters in I believe black electrical tape.  Opened the door to
discover that a Votrax had been acquired and that Ken and Dennis were
teaching it to swear.  So they must have at least known those words.

On another technicality, I bicycled to the labs every day, naturally uphill
in both directions.  Not possible to avoid sweating when pushing up Glenside
Road.  And no showers available; those were for the security guards only.
Turned out that dress code was up to supervisors, and Joe Condon was fine
with me wearing shorts to work.  I often got glared at when walking down the
hall and had to explain myself to the "proper" folks.

  reply	other threads:[~2022-01-11 20:57 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 21+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2022-01-11 18:36 Dan Cross
2022-01-11 18:45 ` Larry McVoy
2022-01-11 18:50 ` John Floren
2022-01-11 19:34 ` John Cowan
2022-01-11 20:17   ` Rob Pike
2022-01-11 20:25     ` George Michaelson
2022-01-11 20:44       ` Rob Pike
2022-01-11 20:57         ` Jon Steinhart [this message]
2022-01-11 22:17         ` John P. Linderman
2022-01-11 22:41           ` Andrew Hume
2022-01-12  0:15             ` Rob Pike
2022-01-11 22:14       ` Theodore Ts'o
2022-01-13 15:44     ` Dan Cross
2022-01-12 23:15   ` Greg 'groggy' Lehey
2022-01-13  1:34     ` Adam Thornton
2022-01-13 15:37   ` Dan Cross
2022-01-13 16:32   ` Bakul Shah
2022-01-13 16:48     ` Richard Salz
2022-01-13 17:20       ` Bakul Shah
2022-01-13 19:56         ` John Cowan
2022-01-12  3:38 Douglas McIlroy

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