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Quote: Dan Quayle on Spell Check

"If Al Gore invented the Internet, I invented spell check."

- Dan Quayle, US Vice President (1947 - )

al gore never said he invented the internet. that's right wing media exaggeration and i'm disappointed that neatorama is helping to perpetuate it
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I agree with Joe. This right-wing smear is taken as truth in the most unlikely of places. And if Dan Quayle wrote that quote, I'll eat my hat.
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Interview on March 9, 1999 on CNN's Late Edition:

"BLITZER: I want to get to some of the substance of domestic and international issues in a minute, but let's just wrap up a little bit of the politics right now.

Why should Democrats, looking at the Democratic nomination process, support you instead of Bill Bradley, a friend of yours, a former colleague in the Senate? What do you have to bring to this that he doesn't necessarily bring to this process?

GORE: Well, I will be offering -- I'll be offering my vision when my campaign begins. And it will be comprehensive and sweeping. And I hope that it will be compelling enough to draw people toward it. I feel that it will be.

But it will emerge from my dialogue with the American people. I've traveled to every part of this country during the last six years. During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet. I took the initiative in moving forward a whole range of initiatives that have proven to be important to our country's economic growth and environmental protection, improvements in our educational system.

During a quarter century of public service, including most of it long before I came into my current job, I have worked to try to improve the quality of life in our country and in our world. And what I've seen during that experience is an emerging future that's very exciting, about which I'm very optimistic, and toward which I want to lead."

In the second paragraph he states, "I took the initiative in creating the Internet". Fine line between invented and creating...but the interpreation is about the same.

Potatoe / Potato....hmm....funny though. Politics as usual!
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Yeah, Al Gore didn't just invent the Internet, he CREATED it. He crafted it with his own two hands. You should be thanking Al Gore that you're able to read Neatorama today.
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"The High Performance Computing and Communication Act of 1991 (HPCA) was a bill created and introduced by then Senator Al Gore (it was thus referred to as the Gore Bill. It was passed on December 9, 1991.

This bill led to the development of the National Research and Education Network (NREN)
(which was referred to with the rhetoric of the Information Superhighway[6]). It also led to the development of the National Information Infrastructure (also discussed through the rhetoric of the Information Superhighway [7]) the High-Performance Computing and Communications Initiative (an off-shoot of the HPCA), the web browser Mosaic, and the creation of a high-speed fiber optic network that, when utilized, would help stimulate the economy."

No he didn't invent high-speed protocol transfers. He saw the implications and potential use of such a system and he wrote and sponsored the bill that paid for the development and utilization of such a system. He is one of the people responsible for the fact that there is an internet that you can mock and sneer at him on, misrepresenting and ridiculing his contributions.

He was ridiculed when he introduced it, as Conservatives at the time said it was an impractical expensive pork-barrel boondoggle that would never work. Now he is sneered at for daring to remind people that without him, there would be no internet as it exists today.

Those of you who scoff at Gore's statements should take a look at the history he is referring to. Your cynical contempt is misplaced. It's more properly directed at the people who have had a vested interest in trying to erase the historical truth.
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Yeah, Louise! you tell 'em. Gore made the all too often mistake of not immediately addressing a snotty statement made by a right wing hack, naively thinking the truth of the matter would come out. But people in the media found the "invented the internet" statement catchy and funny, rather than a mischaracterization of the matter--or more concisely, a lie.
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If Vinton Cerf - thinks that Gore deserves recognition - thats fine with me..
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