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Why is it called the "fireside chat"?

This question came up recently, and I had lunch today with the professor (emeritus) who founded the CS fireside chat.

It's named after the thing FDR (the president, not the NYC artery) used to do on the radio. He claimed he was sitting in front of a fire, speaking informally to Americans by radio broadcast.

At the first CS firesdie chat, which was in 1983 by the way, students brought a poster of some flames to simulate the fire.

If my accounting is correct, then the ACM CS fireside chat is 20 years old, though still a teenager in hexidecimal years.


And yet old enough to buy alcohol in octal...

Posted by: Nathan at May 2, 2003 4:26 PM