Greatest Moments In Interop History

, March 20, 2014 It's hard to believe it's been 26 years since the first commercial Interop conference. Over the years, vendors made splashes with new technologies, Interop grew beyond its Silicon Valley roots, and celebrities like Mr. T joined the action. Here's a look at some of the best moments in Interop's rich history.
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Mr. T Makes An Appearance

Mr. T -- an icon of the '80s since his starring role in the hit television show "The A-Team" -- made his way to Interop in 2000, when the conference was held at the Georgia World Conference Center in Atlanta (and known as NetWorld+Interop). Hosted by an IT services firm, the actor and former professional wrestler wowed tech pros on the show floor with his trademark mohawk and formidable presence. Unfortunately, there's no record of Mr. T using his old "Pity the fool!" tagline during IT demos. (By the way, NetWorld -- which Interop bought from Novell -- was soon dropped from the Interop name to better reflect the conference's broad range of content.)

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