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Why Swarthmore?  9/27/04

I'm really curious about the preponderance of Swarthmore people in the field of hypertext. There's Ted Nelson '59, who coined the term and helped invent the field. Andries van Dam '60. Mark Bernstein '77. Justin Hall '98, who probably invented the weblog as we know it, did so in Willets dorm in 1994. And that's not to mention more recent alumni who are as yet small fish in the pond. Is it, as one of the biographies of Ted Nelson suggests, because people who go to Swarthmore (and end up in computing) are too scattered for anything more linear or structured to contain their daydreamings?