How to catch a cracker in the US?

James R Cutler james.cutler at
Thu Mar 13 19:38:26 UTC 2014

On Mar 13, 2014, at 3:24 PM, William Herrin <bill at> wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 3:15 PM, James R Cutler
> <james.cutler at> wrote:
>> As of early 1960's - See history of WTBS, Ralph Zaorski, Dick Gruen,
>> Alan Kent, and many others - The then current usage of "hacker" was
>> simply one who produced a "hack" - an unusual or unexpected design
>> or configuration or action which either did the same old thing done more
>> simply/elegantly or which did something new or unexpected altogether.
> Hi James,
> I'm afraid my google-fu doesn't reach back to the 1960's. You don't
> happen to have a handy reference do you?
> Regards,
> Bill Herrin

I carry that data in wet storage, interfaced via voice or eyes-on-screen/fingers-on-keyboard.  I haven’t been on the MIT campus for more than a few minutes since late 1963.

Regarding the Wikipedia entry for “Hacker”:

The TMRC/MITAL history ignores the pioneering audio systems work that came out of WTBS (pre-sale to Ted).  Ralph Zaorski and Barry Blesser were the best around at that.

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