Letter - The Tron' comes from V8s

KERRY TANKARD
Last updated 08:26 10/01/2013

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In response to Gabrielle Wilson's letter published on January 9, I would beg to offer some assistance.

I left high school in 1981, thus putting myself out into the world just as the geekery began to take off. Such examples of popular culture as the movie Blade Runner, based on science fiction written by author Phillip K Dick, were standard fare for my generation. It now becomes obvious that indeed, the geeks do run the world.

Hamilton has absorbed its renaming as "the Tron" without so much as a semantic wriggle, never mind trying to work out where the moniker came from.

Sources I have researched include urban dictionary:

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=the+tron, and wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The-Tron.

I also recently moved to this city, but from Wellington - where, due to repeated exposure to the Armageddon Pulp Culture Expo, and the inclusion of IT crowd geeks and design school graduates within my personal social networks, I can inform Hamilton residents that their city's nickname comes from a famous sci-fi source, and that it refers to a city run by machines.

Obviously, your enthusiasm for taking on the V8 street races, when no-one else in the country could make them pay (see Nissan Mobil 500, Wellington, 1980s-90s, and the Auckland street races, 2000s), suggests that your primary identification is with all things mechanical, rather than the humans who drive such machines.

Also, the University of Waikato was the originator of the New Zealand internet project back in the 80s and early 90s, and has long been acknowledged to be the prime researcher in internet-related issues in this country.

As I get my bearings in this city, I shall continue to observe the sociological frameworks that make the Tron such an interesting place in which to people-watch and study.

KERRY TANKARD

Hamilton

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