There is a really very interesting article in the online edition of Vanity Fair called 'How the Web Was Won' and subtitled 'An Oral History of the Internet' which recounts through the comments of those involved the first fifty years of Internet history.

Sure, you are probably thinking that the Internet is nowhere near celebrating the half century, but the article hinges around it being that long since the US established the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) which would go on to develop the ARPANET which, in turn, kick-started the Internet.

Anyway, the point here is that the feature itself is a treasure trove of interesting quotes from people who have been there at important stages during the life of the Internet. People like Paul Baran who says "I just did a little piece on packet switching and I get blamed for the whole goddamned Internet, you know?" and Bob Metcalfe with "I'm traveling around the Arpanet showing them: Ooh, look. You can do this. And I'm in U.C.L.A. in Los Angeles now. And now I'm in San Francisco. And now I'm in Chicago. And now I'm in Cambridge, Massachusetts -- isn't this cool? And as I'm giving my demo, the damned thing crashed."