[TUHS] in memoriam - Bill English, mouse co-creator

Clem Cole clemc at ccc.com
Wed Aug 12 00:01:19 AEST 2020

Thanks, Will. A mild sigh while reading it though because history seems to
often forget Jack Hawley's role.   Truth is he did not invent it, but he
>>is<< the one that made them and got people to use them (the Xerox Alto's
used a Hawley Mouse, DEC would use it, E&S used them etc.).  As this
article points out, he made about 80% of all the mice used in the 1970s:
https://www.oldmouse.com/mouse/hawley/  - certainly the first ones I used
at CMU before we got the Altos and then after the first Alto's appeared.

Tek's Magnolia used a flavor of the Hawley mouse in 1979 [the ones with
buttons horizontal/parallel to the 'body' - the original Alto mouse the
buttons were horizontal and colored), but I don't remember what 3Rivers
PascAlto used - I think so, but I don't remember.

On Mon, Aug 10, 2020 at 6:50 PM Will Senn <will.senn at gmail.com> wrote:

> All,
> About a week ago, Bill English passed away. He was a Xerox guy, who along
> with Douglas Engelbart of "Mother of all demos" fame, created our beloved
> mouse:
> https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-53638033
> I remember, back in the mid-1980's being part of a focus group evaluating
> Microsoft's mouse. Wow, time flies.
> -Will
> --
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