Douglas Englebart, a computer scientist credited with inventing the computer mouse (1964 model lower right) and honored for important contributions to hypertext, networked computers, and precursors to graphical user interfaces, passed away at age 88 yesterday.

The men the American public admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth. - H. L. Mencken