Unsung innovators: Gary Thuerk, the father of spam
It seemed like a good idea at the time, back before junk e-mail even had a nickname, no less a place in computer history.
"I knew I was pushing the envelope," says Gary Thuerk, who on May 1, 1978, sent out the first unsolicited mass e-mailing in history. "I thought of it as e-marketing," he says about that first spam message, sent pre-Internet and two decades before most Americans were even getting their first e-mail address.
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