by Darius Kazemi, September 10 2019
RFC-253 is titled “Second Network Graphics Meeting Details”. It's authored by James A. Moorer of the Stanford AI Laboratory and dated October 19, 1971.
The technical content
This is the meeting formally announced in RFC-246. It gives the usual information about location, lodgings, and a Chinese food banquet at the Golden Pavillion in Los Altos.
This RFC features an incredibly curious turn of phrase:
Attendees will be stored in the Flamingo Motel in Palo Alto at $8.25 a night.
Here's the Golden Pavillion Restaurant and Motor Inn in all its 1960s glory, as found on various antique postcard websites:
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