The Internet at 40: History Began With Its First Crash


His site is rich with detail and links (but no pictures). There you will learn why people like Vint Cerf and Bob Metcalfe are so often called "fathers of the Internet." Maybe the Internet would have happened anyway, but they did the work that made things happen and get the credit.

Both are still with us, which is the cool thing about the 40th birthday of something mostly created by college students. Both remain active in the Internet today. I had the honor of working for Dr. Metcalfe during the time he was publisher of Infoworld, one of our sister IDG publications.

There is not a good way to end a post filled with fond memories of a times when the Internet was new. Nevertheless, I will try by closing with Danny Cohen's poem:

"In the Beginning, created the ARPANET.

And the ARPANET was without form and void.