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LINC succeeded, but why? Surely because of Wes Clark's original insights. And, as Mary Allen Wilkes put it, "persistence, commitment, drive, and enthusiasm" of the LINC team. And the time was right -- digital computers were arriving. Yet, there was another essential ingredient: external support. Without the NIH and NASA, LINC would probably have died aborning. As Dick Clayton observed, "It took an inspired and dedicated group of people to build LINC, but it couldn't have happened without Government support. We need the Government for revolutions -- the commercial world for succeeding evolutions."