Chris Van Dusen
I, Person, do solemnly offer these my responses to The Road to Lisp Survey:

When did you first try Lisp seriously, and which Lisp family member was it?
I first seriously tried Lisp using MITScheme to work the exercises in SICP and The Little/Seasoned Schemer. I am now using OpenMCL to learn CL.

What led you to try Lisp?
Although, I have been programming for several years (in the language that shall not be named. No, not that one, the other one. No, the other one. Yes, that one.), I recently came across a recommendation of SICP by Jamie Zawinski that was so persuasive that I bought the book and was blown away from the beginning. I downloaded MITScheme to work the exercises and have been digging it ever since. Also, Kent Pittman's replies on /. and Paul Graham's articles really inspired me.

Where did your road originate?
I read Metamagical Themas several years ago and worked through the examples Douglas Hofstadter gave when discussing Lisp. I thought the (lack of) syntax was cool and appealed on an intuitive level that I didn't fully appreciate at the time.

How far have you gotten in your study of Lisp?
I'm still a newbie and because I have to program in other languages at work and have a 18 month old at home, I don't get to spend nearly as much time learning as I would like, but I'm hopeful to learning a lot more. (Anyone know of any jobs learning Lisp?)

What do you think of Lisp so far? I think it's great in so many ways. Another thing that I like is how passionate the Lisp community is about it. I lurk on c.l.l and enjoy reading the "advocacy" posts just as much as the technical ones.

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