The first computer was the ENIAC, right? Wait, no? If you're ready to be schooled - by Pulitzer winning A Thousand Acres author Jane Smiley, no less - check out this Wired interview that gives credit where it's due: Iowa.
It may seem a little incongruous that Smiley's current project is a biography of John Vincent Atanasoff, who began assembly of his desk-sized computer at Iowa State University in the late 1930s. But then you remember two things: one, that Smiley attended and taught at Iowa State for two decades, and that geek stories have every bit as much wonder and passion to them as King Lear ever did. [Wired Photo by Alessandra Sanguinetti