Talk:W. Richard Stevens

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I removed the refernce to the fact he taught at SANS - I can't find any verification of this. Steeltoe 15:49, 28 April 2006 (UTC)

Does anyone know how he died? -, 21 June 2006

No, but the official obituary (linked) conspicuously doesn't say either - David Gerard 07:52, 4 September 2006 (UTC)
I believe he committed suicide. But I've never found an obituary which stated the same (the information was passed on from someone who was a Steven's acquaintance). Jeffrey Walton 00:42, 5 July 2011 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Noloader (talkcontribs)


I tried to find some picture of Stevens, but all I could find are the following:

The first two have Copyright notices, while the last doesn't. Does it make legal for showing in wikipedia? Anyway, it's way too small (50x59px), so I think it doesn't matter. 20:24, 31 October 2007 (UTC)

cut/paste from website[edit]

I reverted this edit because it is a copyright violation:

His perseverance was an artifact of an apparently ferocious curiosity. "When I hit something that I don't understand, I take a detour and learn something new," said Stevens in an interview two years before his death. "This often makes my books late by a few months, but I think accuracy and completeness are essential."
Stevens and his brother and sister divided their childhood among northern Rhodesia (now Zambia), Utah, New Mexico, Washington and South Africa. Stevens didn't start out in computer science at all, but in aerospace. It just happened that he graduated in 1973, when Boeing was laying off thousands of aerospace engineers. Programming for Stevens was a late acquisition. "I really believe that my background is fundamental to the success of 'Unix Network Programming' and my other books," he said. "That is, I was not one of the developers at Berkeley or AT&T, so the writing of UNP was not a 'memory dump.' Everything that is in the book I had to dig out of somewhere and understand myself."
Stevens books have come to symbolize intelligence. In "Wayne's World II," Garth's girlfriend carries a copy of "Unix Network Programming." Stevens discovered this when he took his 13-year-old son to see the film. His son grabbed his arm and said, "Dad, that's your book!". "I couldn't believe it," he told programmer Trent Hein. "My book was used to define the ultimate geek, and suddenly my son thinks I'm really cool." <ref>{{cite web |url= |title=Copy of an article about W. Richard Stevens, written by Rachel Chalmers |accessdate=Septembet 02, 2000 }}</ref>

Some of this material could be useful in this topic, however cut/paste is not allowed TEDickey (talk) 11:24, 21 April 2012 (UTC)

Zambia people (sic)[edit]

Technically (except as is the usual case in Wikipedia for promotional purposes), Stevens appears to have started life as a US Citizen (and that would not have changed unless he failed to establish residency requirements), not a Zambian. US_Citizenship#Through_birth_abroad_to_United_States_citizens gives a little information TEDickey (talk) 20:50, 22 May 2013 (UTC)


Nothing about death details? This page is so incomplete. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:11, 29 March 2016 (UTC)

No details other than the date were published. TEDickey (talk) 23:39, 29 March 2016 (UTC)