Past Editors of SIGACT News
The following people have served as the Editor of
since its inception in 1969.
Issue 1 was dated April 1969 and was entitled "SICACT News" since we were
a Special Interest Committee at that time. The Editor was Jurg Nievergelt
of the University of Illinois. The issue includes a review of the Minsky-Papert
Perceptron book by him, as well as a description of "Automata
Theory at Illinois." There is also a Chairman's column from Pat
Fischer and a report on SWAT 1968 by Raymond Yeh.
Issue 4 announced that conversion to SIGACT (a promotion
from Committee to Group) has been approved. Issue 5 or 6 (?) was the first
to be called SIGACT News.
Larry (Ohio State) took over
with Issue 7 (September 1970)
The first 10 issues had white plain paper covers.
With Issue 11 a major step toward respectability occurred with
the introduction of a thick pale green cover that remained standard
throughout the 70's.
Larry continued as Editor through Issue 38 (Vol 10:1, Spring 1978).
Larry took the job traveling with him, however,
moving to University of Oregon for issue 20 (5:3, July 1973),
and to the University of Arizona for issue 28 (7:3, Summer 1975).
Emily (UCLA) took over as Editor with Issue 39
(10:2, Summer 1978 Late), moving to Hughes Aircraft with
issue 46 (13:1, Winter 1981). Her last issue was 49 (14:2,
Meera (UC Davis/Livermore) took over as Editor with Issue 50
(14:3, Summer 1982) and the newsletter took on a bright orange
hue. Meera served through Issue 56 (16:2 Summer 1984).
[Issues 52 through 56 did not display issue numbers.]
Victor (IBM Yorktown Heights) took over as Editor with Issue 57
(16:3 Fall 1984), serving through Issue 67 (19:1, Fall 1987).
Mike (Washington State) took over with Issue 68
(19:2, Summer 1988), serving through Issue 79 (22:2, Spring 1991),
with a move to University of Tennessee as of Issue 72
(20:3, Summer 1989).
Ian (University of North Texas) became Editor with Issue 80
(22:3, Summer 1991),
serving through Issue 124 (33:3, September 2002).
He oversaw two changes timed to coincide with the Centennial Issue
The cover changed from orange to glossy white (with orange trim
to provide some continuity with the old cover), and
version of SIGACT News became operational.
On his resignation in September 2002, Ian had served as
SIGACT News Editor for more than one third of
the issues published to date, outserving the previous longest
serving Editor (Larry Reeker) by 3 years and 13 issues.
2002-2005 (issues 125-137).
Ian Parberry, May 5, 1995.
Tue Apr 26 15:26:32 EDT 2016
by Amit Chakrabarti.