The (Model Railroad) Origin of the Word ‘Hacking’

The MIT Tech Model Railroad Club was founded in 1946 and at times was a 24/7 operation. It’s also at MIT – the holy grail for technology creators. Imagine the environment there over the last 70 years or so as the development of computers and the internet were taking place!

And it’s where the term ‘hacking’ originated!

Andy Miller has been a member of the Tech Model Railroad Club at Massachusetts Institute of Technology since he was a student there in the 1960s. Hidden away next door to the MIT Museum, today the club is still going strong, albeit with far fewer members than in its heyday (mainly alumni). More remarkably, this was the birthplace of such legendary geek phrases as “hacking” and “foo”.



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