Articles Tagged with: 2001
Arthur C. Clarke | The HAL – IBM Myth

And I’ve been trying for years to stamp out the legend that the word, that the letters HAL was derived from IBM by one letter displacement. And of course HAL actually stands for Heuristic Algorithmic, H. A. L. But that’s a myth that I can’t quite stamp out. I think that IBM are quite proud of it so I’ve given up the attempt.

– Arthur C. Clarke, the IBM story is “utter nonsense.”

Sir Arthur C. Clark, Chelsea Hotel, New York, 1973. Copyright @ Peter Angelo Simon.

Sir Arthur C. Clark, Chelsea Hotel, New York, 1973. Copyright @ Peter Angelo Simon.


Stanley Kubrick | Polishing A Turd
Rosemary Williams and Stanley Kubrick © Stanley Kubrick, Look Magazine 194

Rosemary Williams and Stanley Kubrick © Stanley Kubrick, Look Magazine 194

I was in my cutting room around 1 in the morning, and he strolls in smoking a cigarette and says, “Can I watch?” I said: “Yeah, you can watch. You wanna see a Jew go down? Stand there.” That was the night I coined the expression, “You cannot polish a turd.” And then Kubrick looked at me and said, “You can if you freeze it.”

– Jerry Lewis, who was editing a film at the same studio Kubrick was editing “2001”