Bare with me before I get to the meat, most people know who Gary Gygax is in the gaming world, but not all might know Dave Arneson. In computers most people know who Steve Jobs was, but probably never heard of Jef Raskin.
|Dave Arneson, co-creator of D&D|
Jef Raskin had the original idea for the Macintosh, but Steve took the project over and went in an entirely different direction. Sound familiar?As lore would hold it in D&D Dave showed Gary hsi early work and Gary expounded from there. The problem lies in the fact that we will never known how much was Gary's details and how much was Dave's. My gut tells me that it was probably a little bit of both, culled from different sources.
|Jef Raskin holding a Canon Cat|
Gary pulled and borrowed from a lot of different sources. I don't fault him for that, as I think that is is his genius. He was able to use a wide amalgamation of varying material to forge it into a product that was better then the sum of its parts.
In Jef's case he was truly one of the early pioneers in the personal computer realm (although just how much is difficult to tell. Such luminaries as Bruce Horn certainly have different ideas on Jef's contributions. Jef's Mac project is hard to reconsile with what Steve turned out, to whit when free to persue his own muse Jef turned out the Canon Cat. Quite different then the original 128k Mac.
Food for thought and one I'll leave the readers to ponder here, please do a bit of reading on the two men. I'd love to hear whether I'm way off or closer then even I'm thinking.