From: Jon Steinhart <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: TUHS main list <email@example.com> Subject: Re: [TUHS] Coastal cultures, collaboration, creativity and Sun vs DEC. Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2022 12:57:21 -0800 [thread overview] Message-ID: <202201112057.20BKvLtV2357171@darkstar.fourwinds.com> (raw) In-Reply-To: <CAKzdPgxYPt+HHrpiCF7fKKq73ZGMz_HjdQtoSbz5dPtG9kKPjg@mail.gmail.com> 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.
next prev parent 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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