Tuesday, February 21, 2006

‘Father Of Spam’ To Speak At IT Summit

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – If you hate spam e-mail, blame it on Gary Thuerk – he’s the guy that started it all.

Colorado Springs, Colorado-based Thuerk is even listed as the “Father of Spam” according to The Guinness Book of Records for sending out the first bulk e-mail back in 1978 while working for the Digital Equipment Corp.

Back then, the internet was called the Arpanet, and Thuerk sent a mass e-mail message to 400 net heads inviting them to a demonstration of the DEC’s new product.

Thuerk says he sent the message out on a Tuesday, and by Friday the Defense Communication Agency chewed out both him and his boss for the e-mail and told him not to do it again. He explains that back then, half of the Arpanet users were the military.

These days Thuerk works as a marketing consultant and laughs at being known as the “Father of Spam.” He says, “My son always said, ‘I knew you’d be famous, Dad.’”

Thuerk will be lecturing on spam next month (Mar. 22) at the IT Summit in Denver.

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