Christo has died. Reading his obituary unearthed a memory:

The only meaningful C++ program I’ve ever written was a command line animation of Christo’s gates in Central Park.

I was in high school and was incredibly cynical about the whole thing, so I made an animation of a very primitive ASCII Godzilla that would trample the gates after playing an ominous tune using Beeps.

Now of course I regret my dismissive stance (the gates were very beautiful), but I’ll never forget that C++ program.

Christo and Jean Claude's Gates

Frank Tisellano @ft