I wasn't aware of Ted Nelson before the Internet Archive announced his birthday party, but it seemed like a good occasion to learn about him. Turns out he's a very interesting guy. Ted was one of the pioneers of the computer industry, starting long before the internet. You can listen to a 1979 interview here. There are many more interviews with Ted online, but this one is hilarious, as a clueless interviewer tries to convince Ted that nobody would want a computer in the home.
The program was preceded by a reception that included drinks and substantial snacks.
|One of several platters, before the crowd demolished it|
|The drinks included (sugar-free) lime Kool-Ade, Ted's childhood favorite.|
It was a warm evening, so there were fans.
After the program, there was birthday cake.
|Both sides of fan|
|Cake with lit candles|
|Cross-section of cake slice|
|Ted blowing out his candles|
|Video of Ted blowing out his candles|
It was a fun evening, and I am looking forward to learning more about Ted.
If you're not familiar with the Internet Archive, check it out. They have a lot more than the archived internet, including a free lending library, and the Wayback Machine, which has archived content no longer available via a regular search engine.