An Icon is Born

It’s been found. A cyber-archaeological undertaking that rivals any of the pick-and-shovel variety has struck paydirt: the first, honest-to-goodness appearance of the ASCII “smiley.”

And you better get out those cards and cameras: his (or her?) twentieth birthday is September 19.

Awesome. It took some research, an ancient 9-track tape drive, and the elbow grease of one Jeff Baird, a facilities worker at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science. Great work, all.

1 Response

  1. Brian Dear says:

    Actually, PLATO had smileys and emoticons YEARS before 1982. Check out my site for proof:

    http://www.platopeople.com/emoticons.html

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