Philip Newton (pne) wrote,
Philip Newton

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"Father of ASCII" dies

I was just looking through my Wikipedia watchlist and saw that someone had made an edit changing a link to "Robert Bemer" to one to "Bob Bemer", prompting me to have another look at this article.

There, I noticed that it gave the dates "8 February 1920–24 June 2004"… putting his death just a day ago. He died at Possum Kingdom Lake, Texas, after a battle with cancer, according to the article.

This is the man often credited as "The Father of ASCII" and inventor of the ESCape character. According to the German article, he was a Latter-day Saint ("Mormon").

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