[TUHS] Just noticed an article on John Lions on Salon.com

Gregg C Levine hansolofalcon at worldnet.att.net
Tue Apr 13 10:19:56 AEST 2004

Hello (again) from Gregg C Levine
I believe your right. And I am willing to concede the points regarding
the two gentlemen in question. However, all of the documents I have
seen within the past ten years regarding the birth, and history of
UNIX, all have mentioned both Brian Kernighan, and David Ritchie are
mentioned. Complete with the appropriately selected story as well.

I suspect however, that in that early paper, Ken Thompson is indeed
mentioned, however the web page in question does not go into enough
detail, as it should.   

And regarding the book, your right. I've got my copy of the C book
across the room, and normally don't refer to it unless necessary.

However, I would really like to have Dennis comment. Not that I doubt
you, I don't.
Gregg C Levine hansolofalcon at worldnet.att.net
"The Force will be with you...Always." Obi-Wan Kenobi
"Use the Force, Luke."  Obi-Wan Kenobi

> -----Original Message-----
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> Behalf Of Norman Wilson
> Sent: Monday, April 12, 2004 8:01 PM
> To: tuhs at tuhs.org
> Subject: RE: [TUHS] Just noticed an article on John Lions on
>   Hello from Gregg C Levine
>   Um this fellow, Ken Thompson. According to my copy of the book on
>   C programming language, only Brian Kernighan, and David Ritchie,
>   mentioned. Ken Thompson, is only mentioned as being a partner in
>   creation of UNIX, I think he was a co-author in the book mentioned
>   titles pages, describing the UNIX programming environment.
> Ken's name is on a number of interesting papers from the early days
> UNIX, including the original one in CACM, but so far as I can
> he was never the official author or co-author of a UNIX book.  You
> be thinking of `The UNIX Programming Environment,' by Kernighan and
> I suppose those who don't know both Ken Thompson and Rob Pike might
> confuse them, especially since (I think) they both reside in the Bay
> Area now.  It may help to know that Rob's nose comes nearer to a
> sharp point, and that Ken is a licensed pilot.  They are certainly
> different people; I have seen them in the same room many times.
> Norman Wilson
> Toronto ON
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