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Groklaw: The Daemon, the GNU and the Penguin--Ch. 21

Nov 15, 2005, 03:15 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter H. Salus)


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"The daemon image, what Kirk McKusick calls the 'beastie,' dates from 1976. Created by comic artist Phil Foglio and first used by Mike O'Brien, here's the story as told by Mike:

"I was a bonded locksmith. Phil's roommate had unexpectedly split town, and he was the only one who knew the combination to the wall safe in their apartment. This apartment was the only one I'd ever seen that had a wall safe, but it sure did have one, and Phil had stuff locked in there. I didn't hold out much hope, since safes were far beyond my competence, but I figured 'no guts, no glory' and told Phil that I'd give it a whack. In return, I requested T-shirt art. Phil readily agreed..."

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