Thuerk did this to promote DEC machines. This is how he earned the nickname "Father of Spam" although he only rattled a few hundred email inboxes. This was unprecedented, however, and had made a mark. He did have Ray Tomlinson to thank for. Seven years before the so-called spamming incident happened. Tomlinson invented a means to send messages from one the computer to another. This was further strengthened by Larry Robert's invention the following year )1972), which was the first email management system.