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Valentine's Day, 1975

An ancient screen shot of the CERL PLATO system's welcome page from 1975.

PLATO system welcome page, Valentine's Day 1975

Long before Google was customizing their home page to celebrate observances, holidays, and such (like they are doing this week with the 2010 Winter Olympics), at a time when Larry and Sergey were still too young for kindergarten, PLATO's welcome page would be customized for various holidays like Christmas, 4th of July, Valentine's Day, Halloween, and Thanksgiving.

UPDATE - 22 March 2011 -- If you're reading this it's probably because of Slashdot's article that appeared today. For more information including more screen shots and update on the issue, see a blog post added today on Google's patent and the related PLATO history.

 

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