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Gualala Arts Lecture Series presents:
The Accidental Internet

with Jack Haverty
Monday, March 1, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
Admission is $5

The Accidental Internet, Jack Haverty Both a three year-old and an aging grandparent know what the Internet is, but neither knows the real story behind how the most revolutionary advancement in communication since the printing press came about. Jack Haverty's lecture on March 1 at 7:00 p.m., "The Accidental Internet," tells the real story of this technology's earliest days and why it was an accident.

Speaking from the perspective of someone who was involved in the creation of the Internet, Haverty plans to share all the details including a plethora of humorous anecdotes. The speaker knows his subject because he wrote software, built hardware, and designed mechanisms for the project. At one point the "control panel" for the entire Internet sat on his desk.

The Accidental Internet, Jack Haverty But he is not going to give a technical "geek" presentation. Instead, he wants to entertain as well as inform his audience about how one of many obscure research projects off the radar screen spawned worldwide changes, created Fortune 500 companies out of thin air, stoked the economy and has even shaped the fates of nations. He aims to recreate the feeling of what it was like to be there at the beginning.

A native of Philadelphia, Haverty studied at MIT and continued there as a staff member of the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science, where he worked on the team designing the original mail mechanism still used for email. At Bolt, Beranek, and Newman he led the projects that created the initial Internet. Later, he went on to Oracle and helped transform the Internet from an internal corporate tool into a business-driven electronic commerce.

In 2003, he and his wife Jan left Silicon Valley for Point Arena where he owned some land. They turned their building efforts into constructing their present home and are now exploring life outside the rat race.

Even someone who is challenged to create an email attachment will enjoy this talk and gain insights into, and greater understanding of, this most powerful and revolutionary communication tools that is reshaping the lives of every person on earth. A $5 admission charge will be accepted at the door.

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