It seems that SAS was originally written in PL/1, which was "first
introduced by the IBM Company in 1964 in conjunction with its System/360
line of computers." Re. Pollack, Seymour and Theodor Sterling, A Guide to
Structured Programming and PL/1, third edition, Holt, Rinehart, and Winston,
So the 16-year-old Mr. Goodnight was also a seer to be writing code in 1959
for a compiler that had yet to be introduced!
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From: Muhlbaier, Lawrence H. [mailto:lawrence.muhlbaier@DUKE.EDU]
Sent: Tuesday, May 01, 2001 11:47 AM
Subject: Re: January 1, 1960
Yes. From Jim's bio sketch on www.sas.com
"Goodnight was born in Salisbury, North Carolina, in January 1943. He earned
Ph.D. in statistics from NCSU in 1971 and served on the NCSU faculty from
The mainframe story is apocryphal.
"Stanley A. Gorodenski" wrote:
> My thesis advisor and Goodnight were graduates students together at the
> time SAS was being developed (early or mid '60's). Could Goodnight have
> 16 years old in 1960?
> "Soeder, Thomas" wrote:
> > >John, as I recall from when I took the "SAS Fundamentals: A Programming
> > >Approach" class, the reason why SAS chose 1960 as their base is because
> > >January 1, 1960, is the date Dr. Jim Goodnight, founder of SAS,
> > >SAS on an IBM system.
> > This would have been quite an accomplishment by the then 16 year old
> > Tom Soeder
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