Introducer: Now we have Frank Heart, who led a small group at Bolt Beranek and Newman that won a contract to build the Interface Message Processor for an expandable four‐node ARPANET. Frank was unable to attend, but accepting on his behalf is Bob Hinden, chair of the Internet Society board of trustees.
Bob Hinden: I’m very honored to be able to accept this for Frank. We talked on the phone last week, so he asked me to say a few things. The first was I think someone mentioned sort of being at the right place at the right time. So he said that happened to him twice. First to work on the Whirlwind computer project, you know, in the early days of computing, and then later on the ARPANET. So he had a very remarkable career.
He said that the thing he most remembers about building the early ARPANET was it was really an amazing effort by a few people. It shows what can happen when you put together a very talented group of focused people, and they can really accomplish an amazing amount of things. Because this was not some giant project, this was a really small, focused project. And they did so many I think remarkable things that sort of built the base of what—you know, many of the technologies like routing, that really led to what we still use today in the Internet. So he wanted to for me to thank you for his Hall of Fame induction, and he accepts this on behalf of the team who built the original ARPANET. Thank you.