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Harvey Ball, creator of the Smiley Face is dead.

Apr 13, 2001, 21:58 (12 Talkback[s])

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Thanks to Dean Pannell (a.k.a. dinotrac), who writes:

Well, I know it ain't your typical Linux story, however, given that so many emoticons are Smiley Face wannabes ;0) :) ;), the news must impact everyone who has ever communicated online. That, it would seem, includes every Linux user and developer.

Great sadness.

:(

Of course, tomorrow is another day.

;0)

Editor's Note:

According to Mr. Ball's obituary on Yahoo!, "Ball was paid $45 for his artwork by State Mutual Life Assurance Cos. of America - now Allamerica - in 1963. He never applied for a trademark or copyright."

"At its peak of popularity in 1971, more than 50 million Smiley Face buttons were sold. In 1999, the U.S. Postal Service issued a Smiley Face stamp."

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