Happy Spreadsheet Day 2015

Happy Spreadsheet Day 2015! Thanks for stopping by, and please vote in the survey below, for the Spreadsheet Hall of Fame.

We celebrate on October 17th because that is the date on which VisiCalc was first released, way back in 1979 – and that was 36 years ago. How time flies when you’re having fun with spreadsheets!

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Spreadsheet Hall of Fame

This year’s project is to create a digital Spreadsheet Hall of Fame, and to start by inducting our favorite spreadsheet programs.

There is a poll at the end of this article, and you can scroll down, to cast your vote.

How many programs should be included in the inaugural inductees?

Spreadsheet Day Cake

To celebrate Spreadsheet Day, Albert Kroes had a special cake made for his department yesterday. Unfortunately, I didn’t get invited to the party, but that cake looks delicious! Thanks for allowing me to share your photo, Albert.


The old familiar green text on a black screen is a bit hard to read in the small photo, so I put it into Excel, so you can read it below. It looks like toe toners were selling well, way back in October 1979.


Spreadsheet Hall of Fame Programs

In the poll below, you’ll see a list with the following spreadsheet programs. You can vote for 1, 2 or 3 of your favourites.

  • VisiCalc
  • SuperCalc
  • Lotus 1-2-3
  • Multiplan
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Quattro Pro
  • Open Office Calc
  • Google Sheets
  • Apple Numbers
  • Resolver One
  • Planmaker
  • Gnumeric
  • Spread32
  • Abykus
  • GS-Calc
  • Sphygmic
  • EditGrid.com
  • Wingz
  • Improv
  • S2020 (Computer Associates)

Spreadsheet Hall of Fame Poll

Please vote for up to 3 of the programs that you think should be added to the Spreadsheet Hall of Fame in 2015. Thank you!

Back to Celebrating

Remember to tell your friends and family that it’s Spreadsheet Day today, and now get back to your celebrations, even if you don’t have a fancy cake!


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3 Responses

  1. John A Robinson says:

    Spreadsheet introduction. Back in 1984, our company finally got an Apple computer with VisiCalc, but it was locked up and limited to financial rate people. I got permission to use it after hours, put our company construction buget together on it. Couple days later a VP came and said, hey the President loves your presentation, but wants to make one change. I told him, “Great, I will have it first thing tomorrow”. He said “No, he wants it now” I told him I can’t get to the computer until after work. He responded “Oh, I think we can change that!”

  2. Debra says:

    Thanks John, that’s a great story! It didn’t take the top executives long to recognize your value, once they saw your work.

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