by Darius Kazemi, Feb 21 2019
RFC-52 is titled “Updated Distribution List”, and is authored by Jon Postel and Steve Crocker of UCLA. The date is July 1st, 1970, though I think that is wrong (see below).
The technical content
This adds the following institutions to the RFC distribution list:
- the MERIT Computer Network, a program coordinated between several Michigan universities
- Harvard University
- University of Illinois
- Case University (it has only recently become “Case Western” and was probably better known to this group at the time by its pre-merger name, Case Institute of Technology)
Several individuals are shuffled around and the contact of some of the computer scientists and engineers is replaced with the contact of their administrative assistants. I think this indicates that their hands were very full with this and other projects.
If you've been paying attention to the dates, there was a flurry of RFCs in March and April, and one single RFC in May! I think this is due to maybe burnout or just everyone going into heads-down working mode after the Spring Joint Computer Conference at the beginning of May.
The RFC is dated July 1st 1970 but I think its true date is June 1st 1970. My main reason is the next half dozen RFCs are from June, and that I've spotted errors like this with dates elsewhere in the early RFC series.
Here is a history of the MERIT network (PDF), provided by the institution itself.