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Before Gates and Jobs, There Was Admiral Grace Murray Hopper

This past weekend, full of pumpkin pie and enjoying a few days off, I watched one of my all-time favorite movies, Desk Set. Set in the 1950s, it features Katharine Hepburn as a librarian and Spencer Tracy as a representative from a computer company. Tracy is trying to install the new Emerac computer in Hepburn’s library to automate the library’s reference services. Fearing for their jobs and determined to show their worth, Hepburn and her team of librarians set out to prove that they can produce faster and more accurate results to reference questions than the Emerac can — the machine, by the way, is comically large enough to fill almost an entire half of the library. The Emerac tragically loses to Hepburn and her team’s efficiency.