When did you first try Lisp seriously, and which Lisp family member was it?
It was in 1980/81 or so. I bought Allen's book Anatomy of LISP. And tried to get a copy of Lisp for the school computer. The computer was an Alpha LSI-2. I think the Lisp was as a port of Lisp 1.5, called Lisp 1.56 (IIRC). Unfortunately I could not get enough machine time to try it out properly. But I studied the source code. Later in 1984 I started University and there we used InterLISP on a DEC-20.
What led you to try Lisp?
In 1979 I had an intriguing conversation with someone about Lisp, and later I read the BYTE articles in their special Lisp issue.
Where did your road originate?
How far have you gotten in your study of Lisp?
I have been at it for some time now, but I don't feel I have completely mastered Common Lisp.
What do you think of Lisp so far?
I have at times been dissatisfied with Lisp and gone looking for other languages. I have been trying Prolog, Modula-3, Python, etc. But I haven't found anything that is, on the whole, better than Lisp. I have therefor returned to the fold.
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