He Was There at the Dawn of Spam
'There was a first oh, no moment. That was the first time I saw spam pop up. It could have been as early as '79. A digital-equipment corporation sent a note around announcing a job opening, and we all blew up, saying, 'this is not for advertising! This is for serious work!''
--Vint Cerf in the current Esquire Magazine, recalling the first time he saw spam on the Internet, which he is often credited with helping to develop. Now the chief evangelist for Google, Cerf was in Cleveland two years ago for a memorable address to the City Club. I'd post a link to the podcast, but it seems to be inoperable at the moment.