I knew Al Gore in the 1980s, and I can attest to the fact that he "got" the Internet even before it was understood by much of the mainstream of computer science. It's hard for us to remember now how alien the Internet used to be. Back in the '80s, Mr. Gore was the only national political figure who understood what the Internet could mean to America's future. He introduced Senate Bill 2594, the Supercomputer Network Study Act, in 1986, when forward-looking companies such as Apple still didn't even have e-mail.
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