found this amazing little story at the bottom of the man page for bwbasic, the BASIC interpreter installed on tilde.town.
Thanks, Mrs. Verda Spell!
@cpb is this real??? please tell me its real
@cpb microsoft assassinated verda spell.....
@quine it is super real!
@cpb i have an extra level of appreciation for bwbasic.
@cpb Thanks to Mrs. Spell. That interpreter made me love Basic, and I became a professional coder working with every BASIC compiler available since.
@cpb That is amazing. Much respect to our coder spiritual ancestors.