All Tech Considered
4:01 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

If We'd Only Known About The Impending Spam

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 2:10 pm

The memo arrived on paper.

Because it was 1994.

A notice, to all NPR staff, proclaiming, "Internet is coming to NPR!"

And there was no directive to log on to this fast-growing "organization," by the way. "If you do not want to use Internet," the memo read, "simply do nothing."

You can see more highlights from NPR's pre-Internet days at the Nprchives Tumblr.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

We wrap up All Tech with one more retro moment: an anniversary. Twenty years ago today, staffers at NPR received a paper memo. Remember those? The first line read: Internet is coming to NPR! That was punctuated with an exclamation point.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

The 1994 memo cites the most immediate and tangible change, e-mail. It would replace our old fax/mail system. Sign up for one hour of training. Or, if you do not want to use Internet, the memo says, simply do nothing.

BLOCK: You could read that paper memo on the Internet at NPRarchives.tumblr.com. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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