Ted Kennedy, Internet pioneer

Posted in digital media by Diane on August 26, 2009

kennedysiteWho would you have guessed was the first Congressman to have a website? Al Gore, right? Nope, it was actually fellow Harvard alum, and decidedly old school pol Teddy Kennedy. This is my favorite factoid yet to surface in the wake of Kennedy’s death late last night.

Chris Casey, Kennedy’s system administrator in the early ’90s, explains the backstory on Matthew Yglesias’s site.  Apparently, I am not the only one to marvel at this ancient web artifact. The grayscale background! Early Netscape browser! BBS systems and ftp! Check out the comments if you, too, remember those days.

Casey wrote a book about the efforts to get Congress online, “The Hill on the Net: Congress Enters the Information Age”; he uploaded this 1994 screen grab to Flickr a few years ago.

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