Basic Turns 40

Slashdot thread:

5 REM nam37 codes

10 PRINT “In 1963 two Dartmouth College math professors had a radical”

20 PRINT “idea – create a computer language muscular enough to harness”

30 PRINT “the power of the period’s computers, yet simple enough that even”

40 PRINT “the school’s janitors could use it.”

50 END

Little known fact: from 1970-1975, the majority of Dartmouth’s janitors had mathematics/CS doctorates. Now they’re all into humanities, which explains the decrepit state of the dorms.