The Friendly Orange Glow: The Story of the PLATO System and the Dawn of Cyberculture
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Over the years, I've been in touch with a lot of people from all walks of life who have had some connection to the PLATO phenomenon or the computer-based education (CBE) and computer-assisted instruction (CAI) fields. In fact I've gone back even further than that, to talk to people who built mechanical teaching machines and programmed instructional texts. As you'll no doubt note in the list below, I've also talked to many non-PLATO folk who have written about the future of education, computer-mediated communications (CMC), MOOCs, internet, computers and society, or business and technology, or who had some kind of involvement with computing, education, programmed instruction, computer games, social media, online communities, or other field that's relevant to the overall PLATO story.

Here's a list of some of the people I've been in contact with via in-person and telephone interviews, by email, and via correspondence, since (gulp) 1985, for information for the book:

Achenbach, Mike
Adams, Sam
Albert, Alix (Gaby)
Alesandrini, Kathryn (Lutz)
Alfille, Paul
Albaugh, Mike
Alix, Chris
Allan, Mary
Allard, Jim
Allen, Brock
Allen, David
Allen, Mike
Alpert, Daniel
Altman, Mitch
Amos, Sherry Lynn
Anastasio, Ernest
Anderson, John
Anderson, David
Anderson, Richard C.
Anderson, Thomas H.
Andreesson, Marc
Andrews, Tanner
Anner, Amotz
Annis, David
Anthony, Andy
Appel, Andrew
Appleman, Don
Armstrong, Jeffrey
Arora, Brij
Artman, Eric
Artwick, Bruce
Ashby, Neil
Asimov, Issac
Ask, Tom
Aspnes, Chip
Atkinson, Richard
Atkisson, M.S.
Au, Wagner James
Avner, Allen
Aylward, Pat
Baeder, Scott
Baerg, Ron
Bahnfleth, Bill
Baker, Charles
Baker, Cheryl (Eklund)
Banks, Frederick Z.
Barnes, Quentin
Barnett, David
Bartle, Richard A.
Bartosh, Michael J.
Bauer, Jeff
Baum, Mark "Adam"
Baumann, Kurt
Baverman, Rhona
Beckman, Marilyn
Behmer, Carl
Bell, Brian
Benford, Gregory
Benveniste, Mike
Bentley, Michael B.
Berdahl, Robert
Berg, Rudy
Berger, Mike
Bittner, John
Bitzer, David
Bitzer, Don
Bitzer, Earle
Bitzer, Maryann
Bitzer, Mary Ruth
Bitzer, Sandy
Black, David
Blackmore, Brian
Blahut, Richard
Blair, David
Blair, Douglas Laine
Blomme, Rick
Bloomfield, Louis
Boeser, Mark
Boland, Nick
Bonetti, William
Bordelon, Eugene P.
Booch, Grady
Bork, Alfred
Borowski, Ben
Boros, Frank
Borton, Lyle
Boucher, Lisa
Boudreaux, Martha
Bowe, Marisa
Bowery, Jim
Boysen, Pete
Brain, Jim
Brannon, Craig
Brennan, Mark
Bressen, Andrew K.
Brightbill, David
Brinati, Tony
Brock, Geoffrey
Brown, Doug
Brown, Gary
Brown, John Seely
Brown, Mary
Brown, Richard M.
Brownlee, Joe
Bruce, Bertram Chip
Brummer, Richard
Bruning, Walter
Brush, Leif
Bryan, John
Brymer, Art
Buckingham, John L.
Buckmaster, Rick
Bucksath, Jerry
Bunderson, C. Victor
Burr, Garrie
Burson, Craig
Burton, Gary
Buta, Paul
Butler, Michael
Buzan, Deborah (Skinner)
Campbell, L. Leon
Campbell, Lynn
Canter, Marc
Capron, David
Capshew, James
Card, Jim
Carmack, John
Carroll, Christine Batakis
Carter, Bruce
Carter, Soji
Carter, George
Casella, Darren
Chabay, Ruth
Chapple, Cully
Charp, Sylvia
Chirolas, Darlene
Christ, Frank
Chung, Jeff
Churches, David
Clifford, Pat
Cochran, Mike
Cohen, Al
Cohen, "Eddie"
Cohen, Jeff
Cohen, Stephen P.
Cole, Bill
Cole, Corey
Colonna, Jerry
Compton, W. Dale
Connelly, Don
Conway, Ted
Corey, Jeff
Corielle, Priscilla (Obertino)
Cottle, Kaywin
Crawford, Chris
Crockett, David
Crooks, Rich
Cuban, Larry
Cundiff, John
Dallas, Andy
Dalenko (Bennett), Carol
Daleske, John
Damberger, Bernard
Dammeyer, Jeff
Daniel, David E.
Danielson, Ronald
Darling, Dave
Deiss, Steve
Deliganis, Tom
DeLoughry, Thomas
Denenberg, Stewart
Dennis, Carl
Dennis, David
Denton, Sam
DePlonty, Tom
Desatnick, Diane
Desmond, Jack
Deustch, William
di Sessa, Andrew
Dierschow, Dean
Dona, Orlando J.
Downey, Eric
Dudley, Scott
Dugdale, Sharon
Dumoulin, Jim
Duncombe, Kevet
Dunn, Wesley
DuPont, Natalie
Dutcher, Jim
Duvall, Kim
Eades, David
Eastom, Mark
Ebeling, Fred
Ebert, Chaz
Ebert, Roger
Eichmann, Ernst
Eisenberg, J. David
Eliot, Mary
Elmore, Robert
Ekblaw, Richard A.
Engelbart, Douglas
Evans, Rupert
Fahlman, Scott E.
Fairweather, Peter
Fass, Margot
Fass, Martin
Faust, Gerry
Felty, J. Michael
Feurzieg, Wallace
Fillman, Lee
Fincher, Brad
Fine, Steve
Finkelstein, Brice
Fitch, Chester
Fleming, Declan
Fletcher, Estelle
Fletcher, J. Dexter
Flinsch, Jim
Folk, Michael
Forsyth, Bill
Fortner, Brand
Fortner, Monica
Frampton, George
Francis, Larry
Frankel, David
Frankel, Marvin
Fratini, Bob
Freyder, Stephen
Friedman, H. George
Friedrich, Duane D.
Frishberg, Mort
Frishberg, Sue
Fritz, Gary
Frye, G. David
Fuerstenberg, Jim
Fugitt, Chris
Fumento, David
Futrelle, David
Galanter, Eugene
Galenorn, Samwise
Gaede, Owen
Galcher, Bill
Garceau, Paul
Gardner, Chester
Gardner, Sean
Gee, Stephen
Geiger, Andy
Genco, Louis V.
Geyer, Melanie
Ghesquiere, Jim
Gibbons, Andrew
Gillies, Don
Gillman, Joel S.
Gilomen, Brian
Gilpin, John
Giourdas, John
Gladding, G.
Glaser, Robert
Glish, Jim
Goldberg, Adele
Golden, William
Goldhor, Richard
Goldman, Jack
Goldwasser, Edwin (Ned)
Gooch, Sherwin
Gorback, Mike
Gorey, Kevin
Grabowski, Barbara
Grajewski, Barb
Graper, David
Grattan, Dave
Gray, Steve
Green, Douglas
Green, Jay
Green, William
Greenberg, Andrew
Grillot, Tom
Grimes, George
Grohne, Tom
Groupe, Alan
Grunau, Justin
Guilford, Rochelle
Gunsalus, C.K.
Gutierrez, Lenny
Gutfreund, Yechezkal
Hagstrom, Eric
Haken, Lippold
Hall, Ed
Hallberg, Steve
Haltiwanger, John
Halvorsen, Tim
Handel, Jonathan
Hannan, Cecil
Hanson, Andrew
Harkrader, Al
Harstad, Ron
Hart, Michael S.
Hart, Shawn
Harvey, Miles
Haughay, Skip
Haycraft, David
Haynes, Mark
Hazlewood, Rick
Herriman, Carole
Hendricks, Harold
Hess, Karl
Hill, Jock
Hofstetter, Fred
Hofstetter, Laura
Hoover, Lenny
Hopkins, Lara
Horne, Jim
Horner, Mike
Hoski, Valli
House, Ernest
Hresil, Charles
Hubel, Bob
Hunter, Beverly
Hunter, Tom
Huston, Jeff
Hyde, Daniel C.
Inman, Renee
Insinga, Aron K.
Jacobs, Mike
Jacobson, Bryna Lee
Janusz, Greg
Jarecki, Eugene
Jarecki, Henry
Jarecki, Gloria
Johansen, Bob
Johnson, Chris
Johnson, James
Johnson, Jeff
Johnson, Keith
Johnson, Lee
Johnson, Mark A.
Johnson, Roger
Jones, Douglas W.
Jones, Jeremy
Jones, Steve
Jorgensen, Richard
Kaehler, Ted
Kane, Dennis
Kaplan, Samuel
Kapor, Mitch
Karlsson, Goran
Karraker, Kent
Karsh, Aaron
Katz, Milton
Kaven, Luke
Kawell, Len
Kay, Alan
Kearsley, Greg
Keefe, B
Kehrli, Mark
Keller, Andrew
Keller, Elaine
Kibbey, David
Kibitt, Dick
Kidd, Kaywin
Kiester, Tom
Killion, Rayburn
Kirkpatrick, Greg
Klass, Ron
Kohlmiller, Paul
Kohn, Nathaniel
Kolar, Christopher
Kolstad, Rob
Koning, Paul
Kopf, D.A.
Koteles, Colin
Kovacs, Diane
Kowack, Glenn
Knoke, Jim
Koller, Daphne
Kraatz, Celia
Kraatz, Jim
Krasny, Michael
Krasovec, Neil
Krause, Peter
Kravitz, Jody
Krueger, Scott
Kubat, Richard
Kulas, Mike
Kutell, Fred
Kutzko, Mitch
Kuznetsov, Helen
Lamont, Valarie
Lampe, Carol
Lampe, John
Lappe, Murray
Lassner, David
Lawrance, David
Lawrence, Andy
Layman, Sheridan
Layman, Tom
Leach, Lauren
Leach, Ted
Lebowitz, Robert
Leeb, Carolyn
Leichner, Gene
Leichner, Jeannine
Lendt, David L.
Leonard, George
LePage, David
Levine, Rick
Levy, Alan
Lichtenberger, Wayne W.
Liebman, Judith
Limber, John
Lincoln, Sean
Lineweaver, Jon
Lionel, Steve
Lipper, Arthur
Lipper, Greg
Lipsitz, Howard
Lipsitz, Larry
Lisansky, Terry
Little, Todd
Lockard, Brodie
Loeb, Eric
Logg, Ed
Loitz, Gary
Long, Harvey
Lopez, Chris
Lopez, Ken
Lucado, Scott
Ludwig, Phyllis (Hall)
Luehrmann, Arthur
Lundberg, Mark
Lyman, Tebby
Lynch, Bill
Macdonald, Roger
Macinnis, Peter
Maggs, Bruce
Maggs, Peter
Maes, Eddie
Mahan, Kurt
Manton, Jonathan
Manzi, Jim
Mapother, Dillon
Marcy, Scott
Marcy, Ted
Margolin, Jed
Marino, Charles F.
Marley, Rosalie (Dietrich)
Martin, David
Martin, Paul
Martz, Ted
Masica, Stephan
Mast, Phil
Matheny, John
McCormick, Melissa (Dammeyer)
McDonald, Nancy
McGinty, Brendan
McLaughlin, Jude
McQuown, Rob
McWilliams, Erik
Meadors, Terry
Medford, Russell
Medved, Mike
Meller, David
Melmed, Arthur
Melohn, Bill
Merrill, M. David
Midden, Marshall
Miller, Beth Ann
Miller, Chuck
Miller, David
Miller, Joe
Milner, J. Michael
Milosevich, Sam
Moe, Robert A.
Molnar, Andrew
Montague, William
Moore, Carl
Morgan, Catherine
Morris, Bob
Mortensen, Ron
Morton, A. Kent
Moursund, David
Mudrick, David
Munitz, Barry
Murphy, Mike A.
Myers, George B.
Nelson, Don (Black)
Nelson, Mara (Stolurow)
Nelson, Ted
Neuman, Mary Ann
Niederman, Bob
Niedfeldt, Jon
Nievergelt, Jurg
Noble, Douglas
Nordberg, Steve
Nordin, Mats
Norris, William
North, Bob
Nortrup, Kevin
Nuzzo, Sal
O'Brien, Mike
O'Brien, Terry
O'Connell, Brian M.
O'Hara, John
O'Hara, Mike
Oberlin, Dan
Oettinger, Anthony
Okonski, Steve
Olivier, Michael
Osterhoff, Kevin
Ozer, Ron
Ozzie, Ray
Pake, George
Paley, Josh
Paley, Nina
Papamarcos, Mark
Papert, Seymour
Parrello, Bruce
Payne, Jim
Pellett, Dirk
Pellett, Flint
Peltason, Jack
Peltz, Steve
Pence, Glenn
Peters, George D.
Perra, Dean
Petrina, Stephen
Peyser, Frederick
Piven, Don
Pfeffer, Scott
Philhower, Bob
Platt, Robert C.
Pociask, Jason
Polus, Cindy
Pondy, Dorothy
Powers, Richard
Price, Robert M.
Propst, Frank
Pruyne, Peter D.
R., Andy
Rader, Bob
Raether, Manfred
Rahder, Max
Rankaitis, Susan
Rashid, Rick
Ravitch, Diane
Redman, Brian
Reed, Dennis
Reeves, Dan D.
Reichenbach, Rick
Reichenborn, Bill
Reichmann, Lindsay
Reid, Alex
Reifkind, Mark
Resch, Paul M.
Rhodes, Steve
Rickenbach, Brent
Rickenbach, Rick
Ridgely, Pat
Risken, John
Risser, Nancy
Ritchey, Grant
Rizza, Peter
Robertson, Paul E.
Roberts, Chuck
Robeson, Eric
Robinson, Alaine (Warfield)
Rodby, Mike
Rohner, Dan
Rollo, Tony
Roper, Bill
Rose, Steve
Ross, CJ
Ross, Robb
Rotberg, Eric
Rothenberg, Andrew
Rothenberg, Randall
Rowan, Mary M.
Rowell, Peter
Rubin, Owen
Runte, Dave
Russell, George A.
Rustad, Mark
Saar, Donna
Sachs, Jonathan
Salmons, Jim
Satchell, Stephen
Sawdey, Aaron
Scarpelli, Nate
Schaeffer, Bill
Schaefges, Tom
Schampel, Grant
Schermerhorn, Jerry
Schoeller, Dave
Schow, Peter
Schramm, Jeff
Schroeder, Robert
Schucker, Foster
Schultz, Donald
Schultz, Jan
Schutt, Steve
Schwager, Michael
Scott, Bill
Scuro, Vince
Sebby, Paul
Seeley, Joseph
Segre, Alberto Maria
Seidel, Robert J
Seiler, Bonnie Anderson
Seitz, Chris
Shaffer, Gary
Shaffer, Leslie
Shankman, Brian
Shapira, Andrew
Shears, Brian
Sheppard, Bill
Sheridan, Kevin
Sherman, Larry
Sherwin, Chalmers
Sherwood, Anton
Sherwood, Bruce
Sherwood, Judy
Sherwood, Kaitlin
Shirer, Don
Sides, David
Sides, Laurene (Ragona)
Siegel, Marty
Silver, Paul
Singer, Steve
Singh, Lisa
Simkin, Rick
Sjodin, Henrk
Skaperdas, Dominic
Skinner, B.F.
Sleator, Danny
Slottow, Irene
Slovin, Jeffrey
Small, David
Smarr, Larry
Smith, Anthony
Smith, Kenneth
Smith, Mike
Smith, Shannon K.E.
Smith, Stan
Smith, Vernon
Smith, Walter
Snellen, Jim
Snow, Joel A.
Sokolove, Patricia
Solomon, Cynthia
Soloway, Elliott
Sonna, Larry
Sproull, Robert L.
Stabosz, Rae
Stainton, Bill
Stake, Robert
Starkweather, John
Starr, Tom
Stawicki, Rich
Steele, Alfred
Steinberg, Esther
Steinberg, Lou
Steinberger, David
Steinberger, Rob
Stephenson, Neal
Stetten, Ken
Stevens, Robin
Stifle, Jack
Stolurow, Lawrence
Stoltz, Ben
Stone, Maureen
Stover, Lawrence
Strang, Jeffrey
Strickland, Scott
Stubbs, Patrick
Suess, Jack
Suhre, Maurice E.
Suppes, Patrick
Susman, Rachael (Preiss)
Sutherland, Alistair
Swanson, Bob
Swanson, Scott
Syfrig, Nathan
Szabo, Mike
Tabin, Joshua
Tall, Dave
Tanaka, David
Taub, Jack
Taylor, Bob
Taylor, Dick
Taylor, Frank
Teitelbaum, Dan
Tenczar, Paul
Thacker, Chuck
Thaler, Jonathan
Thomasson, Jim
Thompson, Charlene
Thompson, Tim
Thrun, Sebastian
Tobias, Jim
Tomasic, Anthony
Trick, Timothy
Tripp, Dan
Trowbridge, David
Trueblood, Jim
Truss, Earl
Tucker, Paul
Turkle, Sherry
Turoff, Murray
Twiss, Phil
Twiss, Richard
Tymciurak, Yarko
Tyrer, Judy
Umpleby, Stuart
Unger, James M.
Urbanckas, Al & Diane
Vanderhoff, Ken
van Dijk, Wendy
Vargas, Julie (Skinner)
Vetter, Steve
Volcheck, Emil
Volpp, Louis D.
Walczak, Daniel
Walker, Bill
Walker, Mike
Warner, Silas
Warren, Chuck
Warren, Greg
Watanabe, Nan
Watts, Marcus
Weast, Gordon
Weatherford, Harriett
Weaver, Charles
Weber, Larry
Wedding, Donald
Wei, Mike
Weikart, Scott
Weir, Morton
Weissman, Jessica
Weyer, Steve
Whaley, Ken
Whisenhunt, Gary
White, Larry
Wickham, Charlie
Wicklund, Tom
Widitz, Ron
Wilkin, Claude
Williams, Dan
Williams, Mike
Williams, Richard
Williams, Steve
Williams, Tom
Willson, Robert H.
Wilson, George Wayne
Winter, Susan
Witz, Erik K.
Wolfe, R.J.
Wood, Marilyn
Wood, Ray
Woodhead, Robert
Woods, Jim
Woolley, David
Wostenberg, Alan
Wright, Darren
Wright, Guy
Wright, Kim
Yang, Allen
Yeager, Bob
Young, Laura M.
Zaffron, Andy
Zarnowski, Paul
Zebrowski, George
Zelchenko, Matt
Zelchenko, Peter
Ziegler, Dave
Zingg, Roy
Zinn, Karl

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