“Haskell Curry? Yes, I dated his daughter.”

August 21, 2007 at 4:44 pm 11 comments

Last week I had the opportunity to talk with Alonzo Church, Jr. (he prefers to be called “Al”), son of the Alonzo Church (you know, the one who only invented the freaking lambda calculus). We had a lovely conversation; we talked about Alan Turing, Fortran, COBOL, the future of computer science, and all sorts of other interesting topics. The highlight of our conversation, though, was this:

Me: “So, I’m learning a new-ish programming language named Haskell right now. It’s very strange.”

Al: “Did you say Pascal?”

Me: “No, Haskell. It’s named after a logicial named Haskell Curry –”

Al: “Oh, Professor Curry! Yes, I knew him! My father worked with him!”

Me: “No way! That’s awesome!”

Al: “Yes! In fact, I dated his daughter!”

Me: “You DOG!”

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  • 1. yeu@nn  |  August 22, 2007 at 11:18 am

    w00t! That is so COOL man…

  • 2. Ivion  |  August 23, 2007 at 1:11 pm

    Whaha, that’s pretty awesome. 🙂

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  • 4. anonymouslisper  |  August 23, 2007 at 1:53 pm

    haha, nice to see other people hearing Pascal when someone says Haskell.

  • 5. bueller  |  August 23, 2007 at 7:01 pm

    he dated her, yes, but for how long? did he nail her? these are important details….you should find out.


  • 6. Tracy R Reed  |  August 23, 2007 at 9:44 pm

    So, was she a goer? eh? eh? Was she?

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  • 8. Victoria  |  August 27, 2007 at 1:27 am

    Ha! Reminds me of when you mentioned Haskell at C4:
    “Wait, Pascal or Haskell?”
    “Haskell. the functional one.”
    “As opposed to the dysfunctional one.”

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  • 11. sarah  |  January 23, 2008 at 2:31 am

    al church jr passed away, sadly. he will be missed

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