When I saw Ada on the show last night, I couldn't decide whether I should be
excited about the fact that it was even mentioned or disappointed in the
fact that it was the half million dollar question--implying that its history
(and for those of us feeling paranoid, the language itself) is so obscure
that almost nobody would know it.
I agree with Steve about the $200 question, and wish that things were such
that it really belonged there -- although is Ada's origin any more obscure
than the color of the stripes on the "Cat in the Hat"'s hat?
Gene Ouye <[log in to unmask]>
From: Team Ada: Ada Advocacy Issues (83 & 95)
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Subject: Re: Who wants to spell millionaire?
On Friday, February 25, 2000 7:21 AM, Hal Hart [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
> It was very intriguing to read Stanley's oblique message half an hour ago
> really not know why it was posted, and then 5 minutes ago have my wife
> me into the living room where she was watching "Who Wants to Be a
> Millionaire" to watch a guy pass up a chance at $.5M by answering the
> question "The computer language Ada was named for the daughter of which of
> the following poets?" He thought he knew but wasn't sure, passed & walked
> away with the $.25M he had already won, and then Regis made him say what
> had been thinking. He would have been right! I think that's as
> encouraging as the fact the question was asked.
Then again, it would have been more encouraging if it had been the $200
(For those that have been on Pluto and haven't even accidentally
seen/understood the show, they ask increasingly difficult questions as the
$$$ get higher. At least the Ada question wasn't for the full $1M).
Steven Deller, Apex Ada Marketing
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