[FoRK] watching history

Stephen Williams sdw
Wed Oct 5 17:13:02 PDT 2005

I was with my niece and nephew at Air & Space on Sunday and saw the new 
addition with a tarp over it. I thought in passing "that shape looks 
familiar", then later realized what it was. Very cool.

In and on display fast. The other Smithsonians add things to their 
collections all the time, but only put a little on display. AOL 
BuddyList is in the permanent collection (there was a press release 
years ago), but never displayed as far as I know. Nothing to write home 
about, they have a bazillion items in the "research collection".


> April 6, 1998
> AOL makes buddies with Smithsonian
> America On Line has entered the annals of history. The Smithsonian 
> Institution is adding AOL's "Buddy List" live chat system to its 
> permanent research collection on information technology innovation.


Strata R. Chalup wrote:

> w00t! I think this is the first time I've been on the scene when 
> something made enough history to get into the Smithsonian. I think 
> several other FoRKers were in the audience also, either on the first 
> or second qualifier? (We were at the second qualifier, eg the 3rd 
> official flight.)
> http://www.space.com/businesstechnology/ap_051005_sso_smithsonian.html

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