Rumour has it that the first spam communication was sent by DEC (now HP) to announce a new DEC-20 machine in 1978 by sending an invite to all
ARPANET addresses on the west coast, using the ARPANET directory. The word spam in I.T terms was first used by a group of IT guys who were fans
of Monty Python and it caught on. www.templetons.com/brad/spamterm.html
The age of innocence has long gone and reasons for sending spam are not all good. The phrase spam universally relates to sending the bulk
unsolicited messages, not necessary email and the general consensus is, if you can be contacted, you can be spammed.