I did not do much for PCC. (I think I wrote a letter to the editor or two.) But PCC
did a lot for me! I started reading PCC when I entered high school in 1974. I got
interested in educational computing (mostly as a way to convince my school to give me
more computer-toys to play with.) Now educational computing is my career. I work on
MIT's school-wide computing infrastructure, Athena, and it keeps me well stocked
I believe my letter to the editor was about Interpreter Languages -- I was hoping
there'd come along simple, inexpensive ways to give interested people programming
environments. To date, the best approach I have ever seen in this realm is Alan Kay's
Squeak project. The Squeak Home Page
It has been interesting to watch computing go from something done by a few people
with access to expensive machinery to something that's as much a beneficiary and
a victim of consumerism as the television set.
I am excited that PCC is working on an archive project. At MIT, in addition to
computing infrastructure, I'm working on digital libraries. I had the great fortune
to meet Larry Tesler for the first time at the DL98 conference. In my digital library
work, I helped put MIT theses online. The MIT Thesis Server
I am currently helping with a collaboration between Hewlett Packard and the MIT Libraries,
I am pleased that the various founders and those touched by PCC are getting back in
touch. Ours is a vision of computing being a fun humanity-enhancing activity. As
Alan Kay aptly put it in his Squeak lecture, "The computer revolution hasn't happened yet."
But we're working on it.