I found this old picture from 1996 that I wanted to share on my blog
Vint Cerf is widely known as the Father of Internet. He was part of the team that developed ARPANET, the first packet switching network which later evolved into the Internet as we know it now. He currently works at Google and used to be on the board of Gallaudet University. He has some hearing loss and his wife, Sigrid is deaf.
There is a funny story behind this picture. Tayler and I got worked up when we found out that this Internet pioneer was visiting NTID. I wasn’t originally invited to the special luncheon where Vint was personally meeting with a few NTID students. However, I was able to talk my way into the room and sit at the same table where he was. We got to talk about the IPv6 protocol which was still new at that time (Internet is currently run on IPv4 and will change to IPv6 within a few years). I also asked him if he knew what was coming after IPv6 and he vaguely mentioned that other universities were doing some research on protocols beyond IPv6.
I told Tayler that I wanted to have something signed by Vint Cerf. We wanted him to sign something that was related to the Internet- we agreed that it should be a computer part. Because Vint was due to leave NTID within a hour, I couldn’t drive home to get a computer part and bring it back in time. I ran into a friend’s room and took the keyboard (which I replaced later with a better keyboard). My thinking was that everyone uses a keyboard to interact on the Internet and this would be a fitting part to be signed by Vint.
When I met up with Tayler a few minutes later, he did me one better, he had his modem with him. The modem is what allows people to get on the Internet in the first place! We went back to NTID and looked for him again. We finally caught up with him and he was flattered to sign our computer equipment.
On the back of the keyboard, he signed: "You ask the best questions. – Vint Cerf"
I recently rediscovered this keyboard while I was boxing up stuff for my upcoming move to DC. Ahhh memories!