Stephen Russell discusses his personal history with the PDP-1

Running Time: 00:05:42/ 13.2 MB

Date: 2005-08-03

Copyright Owner: Computer History Museum

Accession: 102664304

Description: In the early 1960s Steve Russell began working with John McCarthy on the MIT Artificial Intelligence Project, where he hand-compiled the first two versions of the Lisp interpreter. While at MIT he joined the Tech Model Railroad Club (TMRC) and was introduced to the PDP-1. Thrilled by its interactivity Russell and fellow programmers, Martin Graetz and Wayne Wiitanen, created the two-player game “Spacewar!” for the PDP-1.