|Date: ||Fri, 23 Jun 2006 08:14:45 -0400|
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|From: ||Nat Wooding <Nathaniel_Wooding@DOM.COM>|
|Subject: ||Re: Why Jan 1, 1960?|
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I followed the link and saw, in part, the statement
SAS chose 1960 as their base is
> January 1, 1960, is the date
Dr. Jim Goodnight, founder of
> SAS on an IBM system.
I was a grad student at N C State, SAS' birthplace, in the late 1960's. At
that time, the staff consisted of Jim Barr and Jim Goodnight plus someone
working on documentation and a couple students. SAS was still in it's
infancy when I arrived. The common knowledge then was that the grant used
to develop SAS started around 1965, not 1960. Barr was joined by Goodnight
a year or so later.
There were "releases" of the early versions during this time but as far as
I know, SAS 72 was the first numbered version with a real manual. My copy
is packed away so I can't check to see if SAS dates were in use then but I
did just look at an early SUGI and I see date formats in use with SAS76..
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Re: Why Jan 1, 1960?
Please respond to
I don't recall anyone mentioning the following, as yet, but found it while
looking through the archives:
"Paula M. Adkins" wrote:
> >My questions are just the opposite. Why did SAS choose 1960 as
> >their base?
> 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, developed
> SAS on an IBM system.
On Fri, 23 Jun 2006 07:40:16 -0400, Michael Raithel
>Paula posted the following:
>> Hello all,
>> Sorry if this has been asked and answered before but I couldn't find
>> the answer.
>> Why is Jan 1, 1960 the starting point for the SAS date count? What is
>> the significance of that date?
>Paula, you have received any number of theories from fellow SAS-L-ers. I
believe that I have narrowed it down to the SAS Institute honoring one of
these important events that transpired on January 1st, 1960:
> Bank of France issues new franc, worth 20¢
> Cameroon (French Cameroon) gains independence from France
> Johnny Cash plays first of many free concerts behind bars
> Montserrat adopts constitution
> US census at 179,245,000
> Nepal establishing diplomatic relations with Malaysia
> The release of any of the following movies: Pepe, the Grass is
Greener, The Apartment,
> Elmer Gantry, Tall Story, or Exodus
>...however, I am not sure exactly which one it is.
>Paula, best of luck in getting your date question answered!
>I hope that this suggestion proves helpful now, and in the future!
>Of course, all of these opinions and insights are my own, and do not
reflect those of my organization or my associates. All SAS code and/or
methodologies specified in this posting are for illustrative purposes only
and no warranty is stated or implied as to their accuracy or
applicability. People deciding to use information in this posting do so at
their own risk.
>Michael A. Raithel
>"The man who wrote the book on performance"
>Author: Tuning SAS Applications in the MVS Environment
>Author: Tuning SAS Applications in the OS/390 and z/OS Environments,
>Author: The Complete Guide to SAS Indexes
>A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the
>tongue you may never get over. - Benjamin Franklin
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