Harvey Ball, creator of the Smiley Face is dead.Apr 13, 2001, 21:58 (12 Talkback[s])
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.
Of course, tomorrow is another day.
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."