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My William F. Buckley memory

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William F. Buckley, the conservative commentator, died today. I have no use for his ideas or his writings, but his death reminded me of some immature behavior I engaged in about 20 years ago.

At PC Week in 1987, we used an internal email system notable for its slowness and unreliability. To connect with the outside world, we had to use MCI Mail. We discovered that a celebrity, William F. Buckley, had an account on MCI Mail, so with our collective minimal maturity we decided to copy him on all our correspondence. For example:

From: Jimmy
To: Doug
Cc: William F. Buckley
Re: Lunch
Yes, noon is fine.

We did this several times a day for a few months until the boss yelled at me about it. I had another boss there who used to play Tetris with me every day in his office and erased the high scores after I starting earning them. But that’s another post, for another day.

Written by guterman

February 27, 2008 at 4:50 pm

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  1. So that was the “Buckley” on all those LIM spec messages…


    February 28, 2008 at 11:36 am

  2. I did not ERASE them, I used Norton Utilities to “modify” the hexidecimal information to make them inferior to my superior efforts. I believe I deserve credit for my ingenuity.

    Willy F. was the man.


    February 29, 2008 at 11:15 am

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