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[ih] question re. early adoption of email

dave crocker and john vittal can help here I imagine.


On Tue, Apr 26, 2016 at 4:11 PM, Miles Fidelman <mfidelman at meetinghouse.net>

> Hi Folks,
> Maybe a silly question, but....
> I remember arriving at MIT in the Fall of 1971, immediately getting an
> account on the AI lab ITS system, and a month or so later, Ray Tomlinson
> sent the first ARPANET email.
> Pretty quickly, a mail program showed up, and within a few months, email
> was flowing all around the ARPANET.
> But, I'm wondering about the play-by-play from Ray sending mail between
> two adjacent machines at BBN, to mail being available on the early batch
> of Internet hosts.
> For those running TENEX, I assume they ftp'd Ray's code (or was it some
> precursor to ftp?).  But.... how did people actually find out about the
> code - after all, there weren't any email lists to announce it on.
> And, for those not running TENEX - how did folks find out enough details
> to code up mailers and clients for other machines, and then get the word
> out?
> Anybody remember the play-by-play?
> Thanks,
> Miles Fidelman
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