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[ih] First E-Mail ?

Hi Ben, 

Thank you for the fast and detailed response. I figured that the reporter didn?t get the story quite right.

Funny thing is that I knew something was going to get published since I was next to David Monroe when somebody called him to ask about it.

I work with David at the San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology, you should visit us some day, we?ll give you the VIP tour ;-)

Invitation is extended to other members of the list if you are around.

My email address at the museum is jorge.amodio at samsat.org
Cell 210-724-8385

- Jorge (mobile)

> On Nov 1, 2019, at 1:43 PM, "ben at 2barkers.com" <ben at 2barkers.com> wrote:
> ?
> I believe that the reporter used the term email as a generic term for a text message across the net. I have not and would not use "email" to refer to a teletype-to-teletype message of the sort that Marty and I exchanged. To me, "email" doesn't apply to communications before Tomlinson's invention of host-to-host textual messages using the @ sign. I believe that the reporter was searching for a term to apply to the sort of real time textual message that I sent that would be conceptually understood at a high level by a technologically unsophisticated readership, and he settled on "email". I believe that "real time end-to-end textual message" would be far more correct, though more difficult for a general press readership to understand.  I did try to make clear to him that it was not until a year and a half later when Tomlinson invented email and introduced the @ sign that email came into being.
> Please let me know if I can further clarify.
> /Ben Barker
> Sent from my LG V20, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
> ------ Original message------
> From: Jorge Amodio
> Date: Fri, Nov 1, 2019 1:09 PM
> To: Steve Crocker;
> Cc: Ben Barker;internet-history at elists.isoc.org;
> Subject:Re: [ih] First E-Mail ?
> Thanks Steve!
> Ben I believe that the SA Express News article that mentions you is badly titled, was it an email or real time end-to-end message?
> -Jorge
>>> On Nov 1, 2019, at 1:00 PM, Steve Crocker > wrote:
>> ?
>> Might as well ask Ben directly.
>>> On Fri, Nov 1, 2019 at 1:58 PM Jorge Amodio <jmamodio at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Checking with the ?Elders? the veracity of a recent article in local news about Ben Barker (a San Antonian) sent the first E-Mail Oct 1st, 1969.
>>> Can anybody confirm that?
>>> My recollection is that Ray Tomlinson was the first one to send an E-Mail through ARPANet.
>>> Thanks & Regards 
>>> -Jorge
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