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:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>