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Gary Thuerk Attempts the First Intentional Spam

5/1/1977
<p>DECSYSTEM-20 at the Living Computer Museum.</p>

DECSYSTEM-20 at the Living Computer Museum.

On May 1, 1977 Gary Thuerk, a Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) sales representative, attempted to send the first intentional commercial spam to every ARPANET address on the West Coast of the U.S. Thuerek thought that Arpanet users would find it cool that DEC had integrated ARPANET protocol support directly into the new DECSYSTEM-20 and TOPS-20 OS.

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