Marquette’s Link to the Father of Spam

By Eric Goldman

You may recall the story of the first spam. A guy named Gary Thuerk worked for Digital Equipment Company. In 1978, he sent unsolicited emails to over 400 Internet users inviting them to attend a demonstration of some new computer equipment. For this act, he is now sometimes called the “Father of Spam.”

I recently learned something new–Gary is a Marquette alum of the business school. Learn more about Gary and his reflections on his role in birthing spam: Enterpreneur, LA Times, Brad Templeton, Guinness Book of World Records.