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I REMEMBER IANA (RFC2468) Disclosure Number: IPCOM000003047D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
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October 17, 1998

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Network Working Group V. Cerf

Request for Comments: 2468 MCI

Category: Informational October 1998


October 17, 1998

Status of this Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does

not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Distribution of this

memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

Copyright (C) The Internet Society (1998). All Rights Reserved.


A long time ago, in a network, far far away, a great adventure took


Out of the chaos of new ideas for communication, the experiments, the

tentative designs, and crucible of testing, there emerged a

cornucopia of networks. Beginning with the ARPANET, an endless

stream of networks evolved, and ultimately were interlinked to become

the Internet. Someone had to keep track of all the protocols, the

identifiers, networks and addresses and ultimately the names of all

the things in the networked universe. And someone had to keep track

of all the information that erupted with volcanic force from the

intensity of the debates and discussions and endless invention that

has continued unabated for 30 years. That someone was Jonathan B.

Postel, our Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, friend, engineer,

confidant, leader, icon, and now, first of the giants to depart from

our midst.

Jon, our beloved IANA, is gone. Even as I write these words I cannot

quite grasp this stark fact. We had almost lost him once before in

1991. Surely we knew he was at risk as are we all. But he had been

our rock, the foundation on which our every web search and email was

built, always there to mediate the random dispute, to remind us when

our documentation did not do justice to its subject, to make

difficult decisions with apparent ease, and to consult when careful

consideration was needed. We will survive our loss and we will

remember. He has left a monumental legacy for all Internauts to

contemplate. Steadfast service for decades, moving when others

seemed paralyzed, always finding the right course in a complex

minefield of technical and sometimes political obstacles.

Jon and I went to the same high school, Van Nuys High, in the San

Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles. But we were in different

classes and I really didn't know him then. Our real meeting came at

UCLA when we became a part of a group of graduate students working

for Professor Leonard Kleinrock on the ARPANET project. Steve