I rather enjoy knowing the history and background of computer technology, having been in it in the early days, and being of advanced years.
Reputations are enigmas. They are so tough to build, yet so fragile once set. If the reputation is damaged, it takes much longer, and much more work, to rebuild it to the former glory. I am fortunate enough to have some great friends still at that institution so I’m very happy to say that the reputation of the computer science at XXU did rebound. Not only did they rebound, but they've grown far more than I would have imagined. They found their niche, and many years and incredible government grants later, they’ve built a reputation that far exceeded anything they had accomplished before, or during, my tenure there. But, on occasion, I remember their reputation when I started, and how fragile it really was. I’ve learned great lessons from this, and it seems as though their computer science people have as well.