[aprssig] Packet history event

Scott Miller scott at opentrac.org
Thu Nov 1 14:20:14 EDT 2007

Not specifically a ham radio thing, but possibly a fun event for hams in 
the area.  Maybe I'll attend and pay a visit to the VAX I donated to the 
museum.  =]



The Web History Center and the Computer History Museum proudly present:

Major Internet Milestones:
A 30th Anniversary Celebration of the First Three-network Transmission

Featuring Vint Cerf, Bob Kahn, Don Nielson, and other original participants.

Moderated by Gina Smith.

Sponsored by Cisco Systems, SRI International, and Rockwell-Collins
1977 marked a critical milestone in the development of the modern Internet
and also wireless networking. While many people trace the Internet's origins

to the ARPANET of the late '60s, in fact the word "internet" means joining
different kinds of individual networks together. This kind of
internetworking made its formal debut with the three-network transmission of


In the fall of that year, an unmarked step van stuffed with futuristic
equipment, scientists, and sometimes fully uniformed generals quietly
cruised the streets of the Bay Area. Only an oddly shaped antenna gave any
hint of its purpose. The moment of truth came on November 22; on that day,
data flowed seamlessly through the van between SRI International in Menlo
Park and the University of Southern California via London, England, and
across three kinds of networks-packet radio, satellite, and the ARPANET.
The test was also a major milestone in packet radio, the technology which
foreshadowed WiFi and other kinds of wireless internet access.

On November 7, 2007, the Computer History Museum and co-host the Web History

Center will present a special celebration of this historic demonstration
that spawned the Internet we know and use today.

Please join us for a panel presentation with recollections and perspectives
from Vint Cerf, Robert Kahn, Don Nielson, Virginia
(Strazisar) Travers, Jim Garrett, Irwin Jacobs, Don Nielson, and Paal
Spilling. Our moderator is noted tech journalist Gina Smith. The restored
packet radio van will be open for tours from 5:30-7:00 pm.

WHERE: Computer History Museum
Hahn Auditorium
1401 N. Shoreline Blvd.
Mountain View, CA 94043

WHEN: Wednesday, November 7, 2007
6 pm Member/VIP Reception
7 pm Program

Wine provided by The Mountain Winery

Free-- please register early as space is limited. Suggested donation of
$10.00 at the door from non-members. To register or for more information on
the event, please visit the Museum's website at:
or call (650) 810-1005.

About the Computer History Museum
The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, is a 501(c)(3)
nonprofit organization with a 25-year history as part of the former Boston
Computer Museum. CHM preserves and presents the artifacts and stories of the

information age and is dedicated to exploring the social impact of
computing. CHM's diverse collection of computing-related artifacts is the
largest and most significant in the world. CHM brings computing history to
life through an acclaimed speaker series, dynamic website, and onsite tours
and exhibits. Current exhibits include "Mastering the Game: A History of
Computer Chess," "Innovation in the Valley," and "Visible Storage,"
featuring 600 key objects from the collection. A signature "Timeline of
Computing History" exhibit will open in October 2009. For open hours and
more information, visit computerhistory.org or call +1 650 810 1010.
Admission is free.

About the Web History Center
The Web History Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation with offices at
the Computer History Museum and at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in
Indiana, and representatives in three European countries. Founding
institutional members include Stanford University Libraries, the Internet
Archive, the Computer History Museum, the Charles Babbage institute, and
eight others. Formed in March 2006, its charters are to collect at-risk
historical material including oral histories, to serve as a facilitating
organization for Web and related net and hypertext history as a field, and
to encourage public and educational access to that history. Founding
sponsors include CommerceNet and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. For
more information visit webhistory.org.

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