[TUHS] Fred Grampp

Rob Pike robpike at gmail.com
Fri Mar 12 06:30:39 AEST 2021

I don't believe the water tower was a one-person job.

Fortunately I have a perfect alibi, being on the other side of the country
that day.


On Fri, Mar 12, 2021 at 6:51 AM Ken Thompson <kenbob at gmail.com> wrote:

> fred dumpster dove on the way to the labs.
> his prize, beside the cheese awfuls, was
> the bowling pins for the 6th floor bowling
> alley.
> fred was after a german ww2 enigma. he
> left requests at two european shops that
> were known to occasionally have one.
> when one came to light, fred and i split
> the price. after years of dwindling hope
> for another one showing up, fred an i
> flipped a coin to see who owned it. fred
> won. before his death he gave  it to me.
> and lastly, and secret until now, fred
> painted the peter face on the water tower.
> On Thu, Mar 11, 2021 at 8:14 AM M Douglas McIlroy <
> m.douglas.mcilroy at dartmouth.edu> wrote:
>> Ah, yes. Fred would pick things up at the Keebler Baking factory outlet
>> on his way to work.
>> We called it the "used cookie store".
>> On Thu, Mar 11, 2021 at 10:31 AM Andrew Hume <andrew at humeweb.com> wrote:
>>> fred was certainly a character.
>>> perhaps ken or rob might confirm this, but i recall at least one of the
>>> canoe trips demonstrated
>>> the effects of dropping flour sacks onto canoes from a small airplane.
>>> (i was not present on any
>>> of these trips, but heard this from grampp.)
>>> he was also responsible for occasionally buying bulk bags of barely
>>> digestible cheese crackers
>>> (we called them cheese awfuls) and leaving them in the Unix Room to be
>>> eaten.
>>> > On Mar 11, 2021, at 7:06 AM, M Douglas McIlroy <
>>> m.douglas.mcilroy at dartmouth.edu> wrote:
>>> >
>>> > In all that's been written about the Research Unix players,
>>> > Fred Grampp has gotten far less coverage than he deserves.
>>> > I hope to rectify that with this post, most of which was
>>> > written soon after his death.
>>> >
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