[Ads-l] Kenneth Olsen Computer Quote (UNCLASSIFIED)

Mullins, Bill CIV (US) william.d.mullins18.civ at MAIL.MIL
Mon May 9 14:05:43 UTC 2016


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Snopes addresses the quote, without actually providing any information:

http://www.snopes.com/quotes/kenolsen.asp


> -----Original Message-----
> From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of Shapiro, Fred
> Sent: Sunday, May 08, 2016 11:26 AM
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> Subject: [Non-DoD Source] Kenneth Olsen Computer Quote
> 
> 
> Kenneth H. Olsen of the DEC Corporation is often credited with saying something like "There is no reason for any individual to have a
> computer in his home" in a speech to the World Future Society in Boston in 1977.  Often it is said that Olsen was quoted to this effect in
> Time Magazine in 1977.
> 
> I can find no contemporaneous or near-contemporaneous documentation for Olsen having said this in 1977, nor have I found it quoted
> anywhere near 1977 in Time Magazine.  I would welcome any pre-1984 documentation for the quote, or any solid leads to verification of
> the quote.
> 
> Fred Shapiro
> 
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