This Woman Inspired One of the First Hit Video Games by Mapping the World’s Longest Cave

Patricia Crowther’s ex-husband coded her cave maps into one of the first hit adventure games in the 1970s, and she had no idea


The Cave Research Foundation headquarters. Image: ‘The Longest Cave’ by Roger W. Brucker and Richard A. Watson, Ph.D.
The Cal-comp map plotter. Image: ‘The Longest Cave’ by Roger W. Brucker and Richard A. Watson, Ph.D.
The Mammoth Cave canyon is vadose in origin, meaning it has been enlarged and downcut by running water after the initial cave passage formed. Photo: Dave Bunnell/Wikimedia Commons

From Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet published by Portfolio, an imprint of the Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC. Copyright © 2018 by Claire L. Evans

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