May 3, 1978

On This Date in in 1978 the first spam e-mail was sent by Digital Equipment Corporation salesman Gary Thuerk to all the 400 unsuspecting users of the ARPANET. To this day, like a true saleman (asshole), Gary Thuerk doesn’t think he did anything wrong by sending an unsolicited electronic sales solicitation to people who didn’t want it. Even in 1978 the people who received the e-mail were not happy.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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