[TUHS] Richard Stevens

Larry McVoy lm at mcvoy.com
Mon Mar 8 12:37:27 AEST 2021

I became troff buddies with him.  I love troff and all the other tools,
pic especially because you can read pic code and see the picture in your
head.  Richard and I shared that love for pic.  He and I talked quite a 
bit about how to do stuff in troff.  Troff buddies is the best way to
describe what we had, we bonded over that but I wasn't close to him 
otherwise.  Still miss him and our troff exchanges, he was a great 
guy, those books were the best in their day.

He was a lot like Dennis, willing to talk to you and educate you if you
had a clue.

On Sun, Mar 07, 2021 at 07:23:55PM -0700, Adam Thornton wrote:
> The Richard Stevens books were huge here.  I did not know him well but
> emailed with him a few times in the year before he died.  I never met him
> in person but he was very kind to a much younger and more ignorant me.
> On Sun, Mar 7, 2021 at 7:21 PM wojciech at koszek.com <wojciech at koszek.com>
> wrote:
> > Hello everyone,
> >
> > I'm Wojciech Adam Koszek and I'm a new member here. After a short stint
> > with Red Hat 6.0 and Slackware Linux around 2000-2001 (I think it was
> > Slackware 7.0 or 7.1) my journey with UNIX started with FreeBSD 4.5. I fell
> > in love with BSD and through Warner Losh, Robert Watson, and folks from a
> > Polish UNIX scene, I became hooked. I ended up working with FreeBSD for the
> > following 15 years or so.
> >
> > Anyway: the volume of the UNIX literature back then in Poland was scarce,
> > yet through a small bookstore and a friendly salesman I got myself a "UNIX
> > Network Programming Volume 1" at a huge discount, and read it back-to-back.
> >
> > Looking back, his books had a huge impact on my life (I had all his books,
> > and read everything line by line, with a slight exception of TCP/IP
> > illustrated vol 2, which I used as a reference), and while Stevens's
> > website sheds some light on what he did, I often wonder what is the story
> > behind how his books came to be. It doesn't help he appeared a very private
> > person--never have I seen a photo of him anywhere.
> >
> > What was the reception of his books in the US?
> >
> > Did you know him? Do you know any more details about what he did after
> > 1990?
> >
> > Thanks and take care,
> >
> > Wojciech Adam Koszek

Larry McVoy            	     lm at mcvoy.com             http://www.mcvoy.com/lm 

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