I already knew that UCLA is considered to be the birthplace of the Internet. Turns out they also kept the room where everything started and it’s only down the floor from our lab.
Fortunately, Mario Gerla has access and showed us around, telling stories from back then. It was really amazing.
The Interface Message Processor (IMP) is the big refrigerator-sized box with the crazy wiring, which was basically the first modem.
Very vintage! :-)