A great series in the NY Times this week written by documentary filmmaker Errol Morris trying to find out if his late brother Noel had been an inventor of electronic mail. Driven by a desire to learn more about his family, Morris began his journey by telephoning Tom Van Vleck, a colleague of Noel’s at MIT, which immediately bore fruit. Van Vleck, as it turned out, was himself a twig on an illustrious and accomplished family tree, which he had also researched.
Along the way, Morris obtained historical documents and photos that backed up Van Vleck’s claims that Noel was there with him at the beginning. A fascinating series about one of the most revolutionary developments in the history of high tech and the brilliant people who were responsible. There’s even an interactive feature in this article where you can write your own code and send an email from 1965.