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While METAFONT, and to a lesser extent, TeX, were to become frequently featured characters in Hofstadter's Metamagical Themas days, GEB was pre-TeX. It was created using Pentti Kanerva's TV-Edit at Stanford (with the data on punched paper tape). The preface to the 20th anniversary edition of GEB tells the tale.

Ah. Thank you. Well, I guess I did dream it.

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