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What's in a name?

The things we doPosted by El Grande de JB de Forth Thu, February 19, 2009 11:52:51

I've been asked (again) about the moniker I use on this site, so I'm putting the story up here to satisfy the curious - some of my friends will know the story already so I beg their indulgence.

A long, long, time ago, in a Galaxy... Sorry! It was a while ago - back in the early eighties, and at the time I had a close relationship with Jim Golightly & Alan Heslop of HCCS Associates. (in Low Fell, Gateshead) We got to market first with a Forth Compiler for the BBC Microcomputer, and this evidently annoyed Acorn, but more so, the high chief of Forth at the time, a guy called Richard de Grandis Harrison - don't laugh, that really was his name. Well, to cut a long story short, Mr. De Grandis Harrison accused me of copying his implementation of Forth on the Acorn Atom, and implementing same on the BBC Machine. Now this was simply untrue, I'd used the standard 1979 Fig Forth for the 6502 and whilst it was true I'd used an Acorn Atom, this was because I wanted to put the Forth at 0x8000 in the Acorn Atom memory-map, which happened to be the sideways ROM space in the BBC Machine. Moreover, I'd used my own assembler to implement the Forth.

Well, copyright lawyers were consulted and the whole thing eventually went quiet - except for Alan Heslops' sense-of-humour. One Friday afternoon in the pub, after a few drinks, Al, before buying the next round came out with: 'Well, what does El Grande de Joe Brown de Forth want to drink?" - at which everyone broke up in howls of laughter. The joke lasted for weeks, and thereafter, Al used to mark any correspondence he wanted me to look at with 'JWBD4'.

So now you know. A lot of time has passed, but I still regard Jim & Alan as two of the best guys I've ever known, and remember both of them with fondness.


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Posted by Jim G Sat, December 19, 2009 21:27:50

Still in the land of the living then!
Made your fortune and nothing more to do than blog?
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