Raph has a beautiful rememberance of Dijkstra.

Dijkstra was an intellectual father to me. Twenty or so years ago, my father initiated a correspondence with him, and we kept it up for some years. I eagerly awaited the airmail envelope from Holland, addressed beautifully in fountain pen, and always found the contents to be equally beautiful, in words as well as penmanship. It’s remarkable that he took time in his busy life to correspond with an arrogant young kid, and I still appreciate it.[…]

Now that Dijkstra has passed on, it falls to our generation to carry his ideals forward. Let us strive for simplicity in all our work. Let us strive to choose the right path, even when a shortcut seems more expedient.


posted August 08, 2002 03:55 PM (Superheroes) #


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