[TUHS] Questions regarding early Unix contributors

scj at yaccman.com scj at yaccman.com
Fri Sep 25 06:07:27 AEST 2015

Writers' Workbench was unusual enough (word processing was
very new in the outside world) that Lorinda and one of her co-authors were
interviewed on the Today show.  She was asked if the program would suggest
using Ms. instead of Miss (much under discussion at the time).  As I
recall, she ducked the question gracefully.

> -- Lorinda Cherry (llc) worked at Bell Labs.  She wrote diction (and
> the rest of the Writer's Workbench tools) there, in the early
> 1980s; if some people saw it first in BSD releases that is just
> an accident of timing (too late for V7) and exposure (I'm pretty
> sure it was available in the USG systems, which weren't generally
> accessible until a year or two later).
> Lorinda is one of the less-known members of the original Computer
> Science Research Center who nevertheless wrote or co-wrote a lot
> of things we now take for granted, like dc and bc and eqn and
> libplot.
> Checking some of this on the web, I came across an interesting
> tidbit apparently derived from an interview with Lorinda:
> http://www.princeton.edu/~hos/frs122/precis/cherry2.htm

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