Origin of 'Straight 8' name

JAMES FEHLINGER jfehlinger at comcast.net
Fri Dec 21 15:53:48 CST 2018

On 12/21/18 2:51 PM, Jim Carpenter via cctalk wrote:

> The PDP8-LOVERS mailing list predates alt.sys.pdp8 by a couple years. I 
> just checked the archives and the earliest usage of 'straight-8' is from 
> Charles Lasner in an e-mail introducing himself to the still new mailing 
> list on August 10th, 1990. . .
> A quick check shows that it was common for cjl to use the term 'straight-8'. . .

Well, in the original edition of Ted Nelson's _Computer Lib_ (copyright 1974),
on p. 47 (under the heading "Those Adorable Infuriating R.E.S.I.S.T.O.R.S."),
there's a photo with the caption: "Steve at the old straight 8."

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