Paul Graham's Road to Lisp
I, Paul Graham, do somnolently offer these my responses to The Road to Lisp Survey:

When did you first try Lisp seriously, and which Lisp family member was it?

Interlisp in 1983.

What led you to try Lisp?

I wanted to do AI, and Lisp was said to be the language of it. Within a couple weeks of learning Lisp I found programming in any other language unbearably constraining. (The other options at the time were C, Pascal, Fortran, PL/1, Basic and APL.)

Where did your road originate?

Up till then I had programmed mostly in Basic and PL/1.

How far have you gotten in your study of Lisp?

Far enough to be convinced that any really good language is going to have to include JMC's 7 axioms, and therefore to be a dialect of Lisp. There's no evading something so simple.

What do you think of Lisp so far?

I like Lisp-the-platonic-form, but I don't like a lot of the features of currently popular dialects.

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