December 23rd:

Hi, my name’s Mike Hoye, and I worked until recently for TVOntario.

I understand, that as per http://www-cs-faculty.stanford.edu/~knuth/help.html you are looking for one Janet K. Webb, and with a bit of effort I’ve managed to track her down.

Her current mailing address is:

Janet K. Webb

I understand that Mr. Knuth doesn’t receive these messages directly, but if you could pass on my thanks for his work I would be grateful.

Take care, and happy holidays.

Mike Hoye


Dear Mike, Many thanks for sending Janet Webb’s address. (Her name
wasn’t on my page “help.html” but rather on “address.html“, since
I wanted to reward her for reporting an error in The Art of Computer
Programming. Now I’ll be able to put her name on my page “boss.html“.)

Best wishes for 2009! — Don Knuth

I feel like a twelve-year-old girl at a boy-band concert. I can’t decide whether to scream or pass out.

I believe I am now going to buy one of these shirts.


  1. memeboy
    Posted January 7, 2009 at 12:26 am | Permalink

    Mike, that is super nice… I was sure we’d hear about this tale coming to completion, but this is much sooner than I had anticipated. Cheers!

  2. Zeynep
    Posted January 7, 2009 at 11:15 am | Permalink

    Heh. Congratulations!

  3. Mike Hoye
    Posted January 7, 2009 at 3:43 pm | Permalink


  4. Kaitlin
    Posted January 8, 2009 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    How very exciting. As an aside, I really like that photo!