Check out the
fa.apollo newsgroup, where they're discussing the
Xerox Star. Some highlights for me were a post that asked
"what are icons?" and complaints about the high traffic on the group, which
is up to maybe 10 messages per day, and thoughts about the possibilities
of windowing interfaces from a poster who had probaly not yet seen one.
So ahead of its time, and yet also so antique feeling. Indeed seeing this makes me see all icons (which are thankfully rare on my linux system) as the antique things they are.
Oh and also, there's an amazing post where Xerox bows out of discussing the Star, for fear that even answering technical questions could be construed as commercial advertising, which is refreshingly verbotem on oldusenet. :)