38-year-old video of Michigan State professor ordering pizza with pioneering prosthetic speech device going viral on Internet

On Dec. 4, 1974, Michigan State University professor Donald Sherman used a then-progressive technology to order a pizza by telephone.

Sherman, whose speech was impaired by a rare condition, couldn't talk. Instead, he had a computer speak for him.

It was a historic occasion, a huge step for speech technology at the time.

Fast forward 38 years and a newscaster's video of the seminal event is making its rounds on the Internet, appearing on numerous blogs and news websites.
The video was uploaded to YouTube in 2010 by John Eulenberg, a retired MSU professor and former director of the university's Artificial Language Laboratory, to commemorate the 35th anniversary of "the first use of a speech prosthesis in history," according to the video's description.

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