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Evelyn Van Orden
Evelyn Van Orden
Evelyn first used Smalltalk in December 1979 at Xerox Special Information Systems, and soon became Smalltalk Products Manager. In the early 1980's, she transferred Smalltalk-80 from Xerox PARC then engineered, documented, beta-tested, and in 1983 marketed The Xerox Smalltalk-80 System as the world's first commercial Smalltalk product. Evelyn left Xerox in 1992.

Exactly 20 years later, Evelyn was pleased to discover that "Smalltalk is cool again".

In 2012-13, Evelyn worked with PARC and the Computer History Museum on the Smalltalk History Project, then conceived and organized an event to celebrate 30 years since the commercial release of Smalltalk-80. The Smalltalk 30th Anniversary Reunion was held on June 10th at the Smalltalk Industry Council Conference STIC'13 in Phoenix, Arizona. Evelyn's multi-media program combined 14 talks by Smalltalk pioneers with videos, original artwork, and music created by Smalltalk pioneers.

Currently, Evelyn is Founder of Smalltalk Foundation, an international not-for-profit organization whose mission is Smalltalk * Technology * Education. Evelyn has a BS in Computer Science from the University of Southern California.