Sharp people

The notice of  Paul Jackson’s presentation concerning his “set of .Net classes which provide APL functionality for the .Net programmer”  to APLBUG April 1st, 2010 crossed my desk the same day I was flipping through a random selection of old I P Sharp newsletters.   The last time I remember seeing Paul was about 20 years ago.  I happened upon IPSA’s newsletter from 1980 where they announced Paul had climbed on board!

He still looks the same to me.

Of course, most APLers in Palo Alto are not affiliates of IPSA, Curtis Jones writes of Paul Jackson and Joey Tuttle back in the day,

Paul was the host to APL BUG meetings at the IPSA offices in Palo Alto for a large part of the 1980s, probably into the early 1990s.  Joey probably remembers when the IPSA offices in Palo Alto closed.  The scheme of getting takeout food to eat in the meeting room comes from the great assortment of restaurants along California Avenue.  The offices were on California Avenue, then moved a couple of blocks away – but still an easy walk from the restaurants.

Nothing demonstrates the unique enthusiasm of the array language community like APLBUG, The APL Bay Area Users’ Group (The Northern California SIGAPL of the ACM).  In fact, they jumped right in and gave me a momentous push when this project was an idea with no real substance.

Bread Crumbs

In 1974, IBM moved its APL group to Palo Alto.  Ken Iverson and Adin Falkoff stayed in Philadelphia, as did my father, Richard Lathwell.  Ken and Richard were later to join I P Sharp Associates up here in Toronto.


2 Responses to “Sharp people”

  • Thanks for leaving a reference to your blog on the j discussion group. My first job, after teaching with CUSO in Africa, was with IPSA in Calgary. I remember briefly meeting your dad on an orientation trip to Toronto. What you are doing is important. If we don’t make an effort to remember our history it will be lost.


  • Thank you for your kind words, John.

    What wrote yesterday, to someone I had brazenly introduced myself to was this:

    The film has turned into a lifestyle. I have an excuse to talk to everyone I’ve ever known or worked with and even people who I’ve never met in my life. I get to call up or get introduced to some of the greatest minds in the industry – and they talk to me. It’s too great to explain properly.

    In short, I am doing something I believe in 100% and it really is too great to explain properly.

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