Sunday, March 19, 2006

Computer Networks: Heralds of Resource Sharing

[Update: the definitive version of this list has moved to Wikipedia, thanks to Edward. I have also been told that I misidentified Jon Postel.]

This ARPANET film, from 1972, discussed recently on the Interesting People mailing list, features many of the most important names in computer networking. Some of them have speaking parts; some are only shown in cameos. Here is a list of the ones identified so far. It would be better to actually annotate the video for this, or at least put up a wiki, but this is quick...comments encouraged!

Speaking parts:

  • Fernando J. Corbato (Corby), more links here: (voice 0:45-1:15, face 1:00-1:15, 15:10-15:40) Turing Award-winning implementer of multitasking operating systems.
  • J.C.R. Licklider: (1:00-1:40), and many times throughout the film
  • Lawrence G. Roberts: (voice 1:40-2:25) SIGCOMM Award winner.
  • Robert Kahn: (2:25-2:35, 3:15-6:25, 6:55-) Turing Award winner.
  • Frank Heart: (2:35-3:15, 6:25-6:55)
  • William R. Sutherland: (13:50-15:10)
  • Richard W. Watson: (17:34-18:30, 25:05-25:15) Dick is one of the key mass storage researchers of the last thirty years.
  • John R. Pasta: (18:30-19:25)
  • Donald W. Davies: (19:25-21:55)
  • George W. Mitchell: (21:55-24:05, voice only)


It would actually be nice to identify the locations and equipment, too...


At 9:28 PM, Blogger Edward Vielmetti said...

I made a forward link to the documentary at - that would point to - that would be a good place to put this all. thanks!

At 7:00 PM, Blogger coherence * said...

Google video link is down; torrent link available here.

At 8:55 PM, Blogger gil said...

this documentary is amazing, how did you get this film? do you know if it's possible to contact steven king? do you think MIT have a copy of this film?

At 5:16 AM, Blogger rdv said...

I didn't get the film anywhere; I'm not even sure who got it.

btw, I am told that the person I identified as Jon Postel is not Jon.

At 10:07 PM, Blogger gil said...

thanks for these informations, i try to find the rights owner of this film, because i want to put some extract of it on my feature film mixagebeta about history of personal computer and internet. if you know something about that please send me mail at


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