We started a Web site, but NBC refused to let us put the address on any of our ads because they didn’t want people to know the Internet existed. They were worried about losing viewers to it.
You say "Naturally, the TV commentators had no clue who Tim Berners-Lee was." but I offer a correction: NBC didn't have a fucking clue. British, German, French and Spanish commentary all named him immediately. Words cannot do justice to just how ill-informed and ignorant NBC's commentary was throughout the entire night.