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A Space Odyssey

December 31st, 2006 at 02:00am

Hi John,

The name of the computer in "2001: A Space Odyssey" was called "HAL", which is actually one letter in the alphabet back from "IBM"!

Douglas Rain was the voice of HAL.

Regards,
Samuel Gordon-Stewart
Canberra

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  • 1. John B1_B5  |  December 31st, 2006 at 2:15 am

    He just read your email.
    I have that movie on DVD.

  • 2. Samuel  |  December 31st, 2006 at 2:22 am

    Incidentally John, where do you get the television pictures for your historical posts, like your current Eichmann trial post? Do you have a collection of historical footage or do you just keep an eye out for television documentaries?

    I must say that the things I learn from reading your blogs are nothing short of astounding.

  • 3. John B1_B5  |  December 31st, 2006 at 2:36 am

    All on tape Samuel. I’ve been collecting TV documentaries for almost 20 years now. A lot of them were originally on Beta, and I had to transfer them over to VHS.

  • 4. Samuel  |  December 31st, 2006 at 2:41 am

    That’s what I call commitment! You must have an awful lot of interesting information on those tapes.

    Unfortunately I’m too young to have ever experienced the quality difference between VHS and Beta.

  • 5. John B1_B5  |  December 31st, 2006 at 3:00 am

    That’s where I have a big advantage.
    On the downside, it means I won’t be around as long as you will
    be !


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