E-Mail: Descendant of the Telegram

Presented at The Last HOPE (2008), July 18, 2008, 10 a.m. (60 minutes)

The former telex hacker will take us on a verbal tour of yesteryear when telegrams meant the smell of machine oil and teletype machines. You'll learn how the term "break text" became the equal sign and why you should indent your name five spaces to "sign" your e-mail. It's a geek thing. Maybe you can understand.


  • Richard Cheshire / The Cheshire Catalyst as The Cheshire Catalyst
    The Cheshire Catalyst (Richard Cheshire) is the former publisher of the notorious TAP Newsletter of the radical 1970s and 80s. He has also attended (and volunteered at) every HOPE Conference we've ever held.


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