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Disconnected

Vice President Al Gore was the driving force behind the Internet — according to him. “I took the initiative in creating the Internet,” Gore claimed recently, by sponsoring the 1986 legislation to interconnect five supercomputer centers while he was a senator. However, the underlying technology of the ’net, packet switching, was first sketched out in 1961 by MIT’s Leonard Kleinrock, and the first computers were connected to ARPANET (which later became “the Internet”) in 1969. Gore wasn’t elected to the House of Representatives until 1976. “If Gore invented the Internet, I invented spell-check,” said former Vice President Dan Quayle. Gore previously claimed that he was the model for the book Love Story. (RC/Scripps Howard) ...Suggested Gore slogan: “It’s the lying, stupid!”
Author’s Note: For the Love Story story, see Volume 4.
Publication Date: 21 March 1999
This story is in True’s book collection, Volume 5.
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